More passengers and better seat load factor during first semester for Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines closes the first semester with a passenger growth and an improvement of the load factor. 1.7 percent more passengers chose for a Brussels Airlines flight and thanks to the optimized seat offer, the load factor of the European and the intercontinental flights rose with 2.1 percent points.

In total 2.8 million passengers flew Brussels Airlines between January and June. That’s an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the first six months of 2012. The growth is mainly due to the intercontinental network and reflects the choice made by the company to consolidate the European flight offer and expand the long haul network. This choice resulted in a 2.1 percent point increase of the load factor on the entire network. The load factor of the European flights increased by 1.5 percent.

The cargo activity grew significantly and showed an increase of 9.2 percent.

Highlights during the first semester of 2013 were the opening of the Washington D.C. route mid-June and several frequency increases to African and Mediterranean destinations.  The long haul capacity increased in June thanks to the addition of an eighth Airbus A330 to the intercontinental fleet.


Record week

Brussels Airlines ended the last week of June with a passenger record. In the week of June 25 until July 1st, a total of 143,600 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines. This is 6 percent more than the last week of June in 2012 and is a record in the history of the airline. The seat load factor grew to 76.3 percent. Friday June 28 was a peak day, with 23,326 passengers transported on Brussels Airlines flights.

These passenger figures 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.


  1st Semester 2013 1st Semester 2012 difference in pct.
Passengers 2,808,765 2,762,915 + 1.7
Available seat-kilometres  6698.13 6368.66 + 5.2
Revenue seat-kilometres  4512.36 4158,69 + 8.5
Freight ton-kilometres 83127 76099 + 9.2
Overall Load Factor (Passengers & freight) 59.7% 62.3% + 0.9 pct point
Seat Load Factor 67,4% 65,3% + 2.1 pct. points



  June 2013 June 2012 month/month difference in pct.
Passengers 551,623 540,400 + 2.1
Available seat-kilometres  1271.86 1242.89 + 2.3
Revenue seat-kilometres  904.28 867.35 + 4.3
Freight ton-kilometres 14558 14261 + 2.1
Overall Load Factor (Passengers & freight) 61.1% 61.0% + 0.1 pct point
Seat Load Factor 71.1% 69.8% + 1.3 pct. point


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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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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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