Slight passenger growth for Brussels Airlines in January

During the month of January Brussels Airlines registered a passenger increase of 0.6 percent. The volume of transported cargo increased significantly again. 

In January 2013 a total of 367,142 passengers flew Brussels Airlines. This is a slight increase compared to the same period last year. The growth, which is in line with the objectives, is mainly due to the increase of the number of intercontinental passengers flying to one of the 18 African destinations and New York.

The freight volume, expressed in freight ton/kilometres, increased by 22.6 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.


  January 2013 January 2012 month/month difference in pct.
Passengers 367,142 365,050 + 0.6
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 1043.58 936.11 + 11.6
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 644.59 590.07 + 9.2
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 12203 9951 + 22.6
Overall Load factor (Passengers & cargo) 54.8 % 57.1 % - 2.3 pct. points
Passenger Load Factor PLF 61.8 % 63.1 % - 1.3 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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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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