686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines in March (+51.4%, one year after Brussels attacks)


686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines in March

Last month 686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines. The seat load factor of the flights amounted to an average of 74.8%. The number of passengers grew by 51.4 percent, but this spectacular growth is largely due to the fact that the flight programme of Brussels Airlines in March 2016 was scaled down in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks of March 22nd. 

Of all 686,299 passengers who travelled with Brussels Airlines during the month of March, 527,905 of them chose a European flight. 113,394 passengers flew to or from Africa, North-America, Israel or India.

It is hard to compare the figures of March 2017 to the same month last year. On the 22nd of March 2016 Brussels Airport was hit by terror attacks, which led to a 12-day closure of the airport. The flight programme of Brussels Airlines, which was partly operated out of other airports, was significantly decreased. This had a big influence on the traffic figures of March 2016. In March 2017 the airline operated 25.5% more flights compared to March 2016

The month of March was closed with the launch of Mumbai. Since the 30th of March, Brussels Airlines flies five times a week between Brussels Airport and the Indian metropolis. The new connection is showing a promising start .

The seat load factor of the flights went up 9,1 points and amounted to 74,8%. The cargo volume and the cargo load factor augmented as well.

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.


Month Month VLY difference in %
March 2017 March 2016
Flights 6,650 4,955 34.2 %
Total Passengers 686,299 453,447 51.4 %
— Passengers Europe 572,905 374,775 52.9 %
— Passengers Africa 77,416 60,443 28.1 %
— Passengers North America 19,368 8,391 130.8 %
— Passengers Middle East 15,881 9,848 61.3 %
— Passengers Asia 729 / /
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,423,890,745 1,054,564,363 35.0%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,064,760,834 723,120,373 47.2%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 74.8 % 68.6 % 9.1 pp.
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)    168,453 126,024 33.7 %
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 123,253 81,916 50.5 %
Cargo Load Factor (%) 67.0 % 47.8 % 19.2 pp.

Figures based on preliminary figures currently available

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


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