14.7% more passengers for Brussels Airlines in March


During the month of March, Brussels Airlines registered a passenger increase of 14.7%. The growth is mainly due to a strong passenger increase on the European network.

In March, which is the last month of the aviation winter season, 563,365 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines from or to a European, African or US destination, or 72,328 passengers more than in the same month in 2014.

The main driver behind the growth was the European network, which attracted 489,794 passengers. 59,454 passengers flew between Brussels Airport and an African destination while 14,117 passengers used a Trans-Atlantic flight.

The seat load factor increased by 2.3 percentage points, to 69.1 percent.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many holiday flights for tour operators, meeting and incentive agencies and sports clubs. Passenger figures for these charter activities are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.






Month/month difference in %
Passengers 563,365 491,037 + 14.7
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1231.81 1197.36 + 2.9
Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions) 850.75 800.01 + 6.3
Freight ton-kilometres (in millions) 16,531 19,148 – 13.7
Overall Loadfactor (Passenger & Freight) 59.7% 59.0% – 0.7 pct point
 Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 69.1% 66.8% + 2.3 pct point








Figures based on preliminary data currently available.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015