Brussels Airlines moves into 80+ percent loadfactor territory


(Posted 11th May 2017)

Busy month of April for Brussels Airlines

April 2017 was the busiest April month ever on record for Brussels Airlines. In total the airline welcomed 837.646 passengers on board of its 7.130 flights. 693.166 passengers chose a European flight (more than 82%) and the other 144.480 passengers (more than 17%) flew from or to Africa, North-American, the Middle East or India.

Compared to April 2016, this is a spectacular passenger growth of 54.6 % , a comparison that is however made more difficult due to the reduced flight program in the aftermath of the March terrorist attacks of last year on Brussels Airport.

The April 2017 record passenger numbers led to an increased seat load factor which reached almost 81 %.

The new Mumbai connection, launched at the end of March, already attracted nearly 8,000 passengers in April, a month during which the Portuguese island Madeira was added to the growing European network. This weekly flight had an encouraging start as well.

The transported freight volume also tended to increase. 162.191 Revenue Ton Kilometres (RTK) were realised. This is an increase of 49.6 % whereas the Available Ton Kilometres only grew with 22 %.

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 %
apr-17 apr-16
Flights 7,130 5,658 26.0%
Total Passengers 837,646 541,687 54.6%
— Passengers Europe 693,166 442,712 56.6%
— Passengers Africa 82,525 61,661 33.8%
— Passengers North America 35,456 24,697 43.6%
— Passengers Middle East 18,583 12,617 47.3%
— Passengers Asia 7,916 / /
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,732,103,375 1,412,320,059 22.6%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,403,686,142 938,871,990 49.5%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 81.0% 66.5% 14.6%pt
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK) 207,090 169,760 22.0%
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 162,192 108,442 49.6%
Cargo Load Factor (%) 63.8% 48.0% 15.8%pt
Figures based on preliminary figures currently available.


Brussels Airlines, member of Lufthansa Group and a Star Alliance member, is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from the capital of Europe, Brussels Airport. The company has more than 3.500 employees and 51 aircraft operating some 300 flights daily, connecting the European capital to over 100 European and African destinations in addition to their North America flights to New York JFK, Washington D.C. and Toronto. Since late March does Brussels Airlines also operate 5 weekly flights to Mumbai, India.

In addition to its 21 destinations in Africa and North America, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul codeshare flights to the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Thailand.
On long haul flights, the airline operates an all new Business Class with full flatbeds and state of the art inflight entertainment, and a brand new Economy class with ergonomic seats and individual inflight entertainment touchscreens. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft. Brussels Airlines is also one of the few intercontinental carriers already offering a premium option for Economy class passengers, called Economy Privilege with a deeper recline, more leg space and enhanced catering on board.

On its extensive European route network does Brussels Airlines offers the choice between Bizz&Class, Flex&Fast, Light&Relax and Check&Go to suit all market segments as are as fares are concerned.

In Eastern Africa does Brussels Airlines serve Entebbe five times a week, while flying six times a week to Kigali, once in conjunction with Bujumbura.

Entebbe has been on the airline’s flight schedule since 1953 when Brussels Airlines’ predecessor SABENA started calling on Uganda’s international airport in conjunction with Lubumbashi.
The long association with Uganda has in recent years resulted in repeatedly winning national tourism excellence awards for the airline’s outstanding support for not just the Uganda Tourism Board but the entire tourism industry in the country.
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(One of many awards won by Brussels Airlines in Uganda)
It is now 15 years since Brussels Airlines as the new national airline of the Kingdom of Belgium has operated to Entebbe after predecessor SABENA had to be liquidated in the wake of the Swissair bankruptcy.
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(SN Brussels inaugural service to Entebbe has landed on the 26th of April 2002
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