Record passenger numbers for Brussels Airlines in 2017

Record passenger numbers for Brussels Airlines in 2017

Brussels Airlines welcomed 9.1 million passengers on board its flights in 2017, an increase of 17.2% compared to the previous year. The passenger load factor grew to a record average of 78.5% throughout the year.

Brussels Airlines closes 2017 with a total of 9,077,178 passengers, a record in the company’s 15 year history. The 1.3 million additional passengers were welcomed throughout the entire network. All sectors showed significant growth, with the highest increase recorded on the European network (+16.7%), followed by the Middle East (+14.3%), North America (+14.0%) and Africa (+13.2%), where the airline passed the 1 million passenger mark for the first time. With Mumbai, Brussels Airlines opened its first Asian destination in 2017. The new route attracted 80,450 passengers since the first flight on 30 March. 

Brussels Airlines’ strong passenger growth is mainly due to the increased productivity of its fleet, the replacement of Avro aircraft (100 seats) by bigger Airbus A320 (180 seats) and the integration of Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium’s activities . On its long-haul network, the airline added an additional Airbus A330 to its fleet to operate the new Mumbai route and to increase the number of flights to African destinations. The pressure on airline ticket prices remained very high in 2017. Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue to propose competitive fares and attract even more customers.

Brussels Airlines invested heavily in its leisure offer in 2017, as it continues to do in 2018, when the airline adds 26 summer holiday destinations to its network, thanks to the intensified cooperation with Thomas Cook Belgium.

The seat offer (ASK) grew by 14.5%, but the number of passengers grew faster, resulting in a seat load factor of 78.5%, the highest ever recorded for Brussels Airlines.

Brussels Airlines Cargo showed very positive results as the Revenue Ton-Kilometers grew by 22.6% and the cargo load factor increased by 10.3 percentage points, amounting to 67.7%. The cargo volumes increase is due to several initiatives to better forecast the belly capacity and therefore maximize the use hereof, and the addition of Mumbai as a destination.

 

 

Year

Year

VLY difference in %

Total 2017

Total 2016

Flights

81,582

76,685

6.4%

Total Passengers

9,077,178

7,747,576

17.2%

-- Passengers Europe

7,444,458

6,379,900

16.7%

-- Passengers Africa

1,022,958

903,853

13.2%

-- Passengers North America

331,294

290,517

14.0%

-- Passengers Middle East

198,018

173,306

14.3%

-- Passengers Asia

80,450

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

19,425,209,619

16,969,546,031

14.5%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

15,257,102,851

12,693,728,415

20.2%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

78.5%

74.8%

3.7%pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

2,317,515

2,019,449

14.8%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

1,770,261

1,443,553

22.6%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

67.7%

57.4%

10.3%pt

These figures are based on preliminary data currently available

 

December 2017

December was again a month of growth for Brussels Airlines, although this growth was slowed down by the winter weather conditions and subsequent temporary closure of Brussels Airport on 11 December, which forced the airline to cancel 218 flights.

In total, Brussels Airlines welcomed 644,545 passengers on board its flights in December, an increase of 9.2% compared to the same month in 2016. Brussels Airlines was able to attract 6.6% more passengers on its European flights, thanks to its large network choice.
The slight decrease on the Transatlantic network (-2.6%) is due to the fact that there is a lower flight frequency on the Toronto route compared to 2016. The decrease on the Middle East sector (-6.2%) is due to winter cutbacks on the Tel Aviv route.

The significant growth on the African sector (+17.3%) is mainly due to the start of the intensified partnership with Thomas Cook Belgium in October, which added 5 new winter holiday destinations in North Africa to Brussels Airlines’ network.

Brussels Airlines Cargo recorded a significant increase in its transported volumes (+22.5%) and reached a Cargo load factor of 74.1% (+8.0 percentage points).

 These statistics do not include the passengers on board of the chartered flights operated by Brussels Airlines for third parties.

 

 

Month

Month

VLY difference in %

Dec-17

Dec-16

Flights

5,491

5,987

-8.3%

Total Passengers

644,545

589,886

9.3%

-- Passengers Europe

504,786

473,392

6.6%

-- Passengers Africa

96,671

82,405

17.3%

-- Passengers North America

20,931

21,483

-2.6%

-- Passengers Middle East

11,819

12,606

-6.2%

-- Passengers Asia

10,338

 

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,512,841,426

1,336,426,822

13.2%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,167,841,799

976,454,575

19.6%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

77.2%

73.0%

4.2%pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

181,921

160,136

13.6%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

139,569

113,901

22.5%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

74.1%

66.1%

8.0%pt

These figures are based on preliminary data currently available                   

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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 3,200 people and operates 39 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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