Passenger growth of 2.9 percent in April

During this month of April Brussels Airlines recorded a passenger increase of 2.9 percent, mainly thanks to the additional long haul passengers flying to Africa and New York.

April is the first month of the summer season in the aviation industry. At the beginning of April Brussels Airlines increased its seat offer by relaunching some Mediterranean summer destinations (Catania, Florence, Faro, Porto, Naples) and increasing the flight frequency to several other destinations. In total 522,945 passengers travelled with Brussels Airlines in April. That is an increase of 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year. The African network attracted 4.6 percent more passengers and the daily News York service recorded a seat load factor of 90.5 percent.

Thanks to a higher increase of the demand compared to the increase of the seat offer, the overall seat load factor grew with 1 percent.

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.


  April 2013 April 2012 month/month difference in percent
Passengers 522,945 508,140 + 2.9
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1207.50 1110.23 + 8.8 
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 835.12 756.92 +  10.3
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 13,094 13,074 - 6.3
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & freight) 60.0 % 61.0% -1 pct points
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 69.2 % 68.2%

+ 1  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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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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