Passenger increase for Brussels Airlines in 2012

Brussels Airlines welcomed exactly 5,748,251 passengers in 2012, an increase of 1 percent compared to 2011. The passenger figures were mainly influenced by the growth of the long haul traffic and the capacity changes on the European network. This strategy has led to a passenger growth, an increase of the load factor by 2.2 percent and a significant growth of the freight acitivity.


2012 was a transition year for Brussels Airlines. The airline invested heavily in the long haul offer with the launch of a daily scheduled service to New York JFK, extra frequencies to Africa and the introduction of a new on-board product. The short- and midhaul offer has been adapted to the market evolution influenced by the financial crisis in Europe. Since autumn last year the offer has also been adapted to the seasonality, especially for touristic destinations that are known to be less popular in winter. On top, the European fleet was harmonized during the course of 2012.

The number of passengers that flew Brussels Airlines in 2012 increased by 1 percent, or 59,353, compared to 2011, for a total of 5,748,251. The African network registered a passenger increase of 10.1 percent. The intra-European traffic decreased by 2%, in line with the capacity adjustments.

The load factor increased by 2.2 percent to 68.7 percent. The service to New York that launched in June registered an average seat load factor of 80 percent.

2012 was a very successful year for Brussels Airlines in terms of cargo activities, with a freight ton- kilometres increase of 24,8 percent.

The 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.


  Year 2012 Year 2011 year/year difference in pct.
Passengers 5,748,251 5,688,898 + 1.0
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 13405.79 12755,05 + 5.1
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 9215.25 8486.37 + 8.6
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 149820 120031 + 24.8
Overall Load factor (Passengers & cargo) 60.3 % 54.2 % + 6.1 pct. points
Passenger Load Factor PLF 68.7 % 66.5 % + 2.2 pct. points
  December 2012 December 2011  month/month difference in pct.
Passengers  386,477 389,503 - 0.8
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 1030.54 936.54 + 10,0
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 688.63 615.22 + 11.9
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 11001 9179 + 19.9
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & freight) 57.2% 53.3% + 3.9 pct. points
Passenger Load Factor PLF 66.8% 65.7% + 1.1 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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