Passenger growth of 1.6 percent in October

During the past month of October Brussels Airlines registered a passenger growth of 1.6 percent. The cargo activity grew by 23.5 percent.

In total 526,651 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines between Brussels Airport and a European, African or American destination this October. That is 1.6 percent or 8000 passengers more compared to October 2012. The overall increase is mainly due to the growth of the number of passengers on European flights (+0.5 percent) and the capacity- and passenger growth of transatlantic flights.

The freight activities of Brussels Airlines increased by 23.5 percent

The seat load factor stabilized (on average 67.8 percent) because the number of seats offered increased more rapidly than the number of passengers.

The passengers of the many charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators, are not included in the overall passenger statistics.


  October 2013 October 2012 month/month difference in %
Passengers  526,651 518,110 +1.6
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1235.90 1175.94 +5.1
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 837.87 806.26 +3.9
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 14,382 11,646 +23.5
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight) 58.4% 59.3% -0.9 pct point
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 67.8% 68.6% -0.9 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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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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