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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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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