Higher seat load factor for Brussels Airlines in November

In the month of November Brussels Airlines has registered a higher seat load factor increase of 0.7 pct. points thanks to its new network strategy. The total number of passengers stabilised compared to the same period last year.


During the first month of the winter season Brussels Airlines welcomed 415,590 passengers on board its European and intercontinental flights. That is about the same number as in November 2011.

The number of passengers that travelled with Brussels Airlines to Africa increased by 2.6% and also the new New York scheduled service showed satisfying results. The European network attracted 3.5% less passengers. These figures are in line with the winter adjustment of the European network. Edinburgh was added to the European network, while the scheduled services to Athens and Poland disappeared from the network. Some typical summer routes have been interrupted in November, as was the case during the last winter seasons.

Thanks to this network strategy that better responds to the seasonal market demand, the passenger seat load factor increased by 0.7 percentage points. The overall load factor (passengers and freight) increased by 3.8 percentage points. Freight activities grew steadily again in November.

The passenger figures of November only reflect the scheduled flights of Brussels Airlines. The passengers of charter flights operated by Brussels Airlines on behalf of tour operators are not included.


  November 2012 November 2011 month/month difference in pct.
Passengers 414,935 415,590 - 0.2
Available seat-kilometres  1036.49 971.07 + 6.7
Revenue seat-kilometres  665.06 615.97 + 8.0
Freight ton-kilometres  13763 10291 + 33.7
Overall Load factor (Passengers & cargo) 60.9 % 57.1 % + 3.8 pct. points
Seat Load Factor Passengers 64.2 % 63.5 % + 0.7 pct. points


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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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