Strong growth for Brussels Airlines in January

Strong growth for Brussels Airlines in January

This January Brussels Airlines registered strong growth figures. The number of passengers rose by 8.5% and the load factor increased with 7.8 percentage points.

In January, 466,310 passengers travelled on a Brussels Airlines flight. That is 8.5% more compared to in January 2015. The number of passengers carried on European flights rose by 6.3%. On board the flights to and from Africa an increase of 22.4% was registered.

The significant growth also led to a strong increase of the load factor, which rose by 7.8 percentage points to 71.4%. The flights to Africa even reached a load factor of 78.6%.

Despite the growing freight activity in Europe and on the US network, Brussels Airlines globally carried less cargo in January. This is due to the reduced availability of cargo space on the African network as a result of the higher volume of passengers and weight restrictions on the flights.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday and group flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this activity are not included in the figures of this press release.








Year/year difference in %







+ 8.5

Available seat-kilometres (m ASK)



- 0.2 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (m RPK)



+ 12.0

Freight ton-kilometres (m FTK)



- 15.7

Overall Load Factor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 4.2 pct. points

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+ 7.8 pct. points



Figures based on preliminary data currently available.

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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 80 destinations, whereof 17 in Sub-Saharan Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 65 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 10 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive fares with the highest service quality.  With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the six Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group and is a member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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