Some of you wondered why the traffic figures of Brussels Airlines were not published on the same day as those of the Lufthansa Group as a whole, Austrian Airlines and SWISS International Airlines on 10 October. In previous months, Brussels Airlines always issued its monthly statistics on the same day as the other airlines of the Lufthansa Group.
Aviation24.be asked the question to Brussels Airlines and got the following reply: “From now on, the Brussels Airlines figures, which are integrated into those of the Eurowings Group, will be published exclusively by Lufthansa. There will no longer be a split by company, but only the aggregated figures of the Eurowings Group.”
The spokeswoman of Brussels Airlines continues: “The fact that Swiss and Austrian continue to publish their statistics separately is different. These two companies are members of the Lufthansa group, but at the same time are – together with Lufthansa – hub-carriers. Brussels Airlines is part of the Eurowings Group, an integration that is increasingly taking shape and which aims to create two business entities (long-haul competence centre managed by Brussels Airlines and the short-haul competence centre managed by Eurowings).”
This is a pity, because, as already mentioned in our forum, the September figures of Brussels Airlines are good: +8.6% compared to September 2017, with a load factor growing to 83.9% (compared to 82.6% in September 2017). This is much more than the 2% growth of Brussels Airport and shows that the market share of Brussels Airlines at Brussels keeps growing, month after month.
Furthermore, the absence of separate statistics for Brussels Airlines hides the performance by markets (Europe, Africa, Asia, North America) and by category (passengers, freight, movements).
We call on the Lufthansa Group, the Eurowings Group and Brussels Airlines to revise their position, for the benefit of the whole Belgian aviation community.