Passenger growth at Brussels Airlines continues in November

In November 494,405 passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight. That is an increase of 17.4 % compared to last year. The growth trend of last summer, which resulted in an increase of the passenger load factor, continued in November.

Brussels Airlines continues to record  strong passenger results, which proves that the new travel options and competitive prices have been well received by the market.

In November 73,413 additional passengers opted for Brussels Airlines for either European or intercontinental flights. With a passenger growth of 17.4% Brussels Airlines exceeds market results. The passenger growth on European flights amounted to 21%. The passenger load factor increased to 64.7% in November (an increase of 2.4%).

Thanks to the steady increase of passengers, Brussels Airlines already exceeded its total number of passengers of 2013 (5.9 million)  on 12 November.

In November, the first month of the IATA winter season, a new European destination, Riga, appeared for the first time in the flight schedule of Brussels Airlines. In addition, flight frequencies to several African destinations have been increased. Flights to Washington have been interrupted until spring 2015.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many holiday flights for tour operators, meeting and incentive agencies and sports clubs. Passenger figures for these charter activities are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.








Month/month difference in %




+ 17.4

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 6.1 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 10.2

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



+ 1.2

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & freight)



+1.5 pct point

Passenger Load Factor PLF



+2.4 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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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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