Strong passenger growth for Brussels Airlines in February

Brussels Airlines welcomed 11.4% more passengers in February compared to the same period last year. This means that the strong passenger growth recorded in January continues in February.

Brussels Airlines gets off to a very good start in 2014. Following the increase of more than 11% of passengers in January, Brussels Airlines continues the same trend in February with 11.4% more passengers.

Both European and intercontinental flights attracted more passengers last month. Compared to February 2013, 12.1% more passengers were welcomed on board European flights. The number of passengers on board African flights grew by 6.1%. Flights to Washington and New York welcomed 16.8% more passengers. 

This positive growth resulted in an increase in seat load factor. The company’s freight activities show a notable growth as well (20,2%).

In addition to this scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many holiday flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this charter activity are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.

  February 2014  February 2013 Month/month difference in % 
Passengers 406,014 364,589 + 11,4 
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1,013.90 946.68 + 7.1
Revenue seat-kilometres (in millions) 633.80 585.92 +  8.2 
Freight ton-kilometres (x1.000) 15,615 12,984 + 20.2
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight) 57,4% 56,7% + 0.7 pct points
Passenger Load Factor PLF 62,5 % 61,9% +0.6 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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