Passenger growth in the month of July

Brussels 9 August 2013 – During the first holiday month Brussels Airlines welcomed a total of 581,954 passengers, which is 0,6 percent more than in July 2012.

486.429 of these passengers chose for a short or medium haul flight while 95.425 flew long distance. This means that almost 1 out 6 Brussels Airlines passengers took an intercontinental flight.

This passenger growth in July is due to the expansion of the Brussels Airlines intercontinental flight offer (to Africa and USA) following the introduction of a new destination (Washington) in June and the increase of frequencies on existing African destinations. Because of this substantial capacity growth on the long-haul network, the overall seat occupancy factor slightly decreased as expected in this start-up period. The seat occupancy factor on the European network increased with 2,4 percent points to a total of 78,8 percent.

These figures do not include the passengers of the growing number of charter flights that Brussels Airlines performs on behalf of Belgian and foreign tour operators and incentive agencies. July was a top month for these charter activities.

  July 2013 July 2012 month/month difference in percent
Passengers 581,954 578,396 + 0.6
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1343.72 1291.89 + 4.0  
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1026.49 1015.88 + 1.0
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 14873 12537 + 18.6
Overall Load Factor (Passengers & cargo) 64.3 % 66.1% - 1.8 pct point
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 76.4 % 78.6%

- 2.2  pct point


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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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