Brussel Airlines growth continues unabated


(Posted 14th July 2017)

Brussels Airlines, which serves Entebbe, Kigali and Bujumbura in East Africa with 5, 6 and 1 flight per week respectively has continued to show sustained passenger growth for the sixth consecutive month this year.

Brussels Airlines continued to grow during the month of June. In total, 848,434 passengers boarded a Brussels Airlines flight, 15.3% more than in June 2016.

The commercial strategy of Brussels Airlines and the balanced mix of a growing range of business and leisure destinations led to an important passenger increase in June. In total, more than 112,000 additional passengers have chosen for Brussels Airlines. The seat load factor of the flights amounted to nearly 80%.

The intra-European flight offer attracted 15.7% more guests. North America flights registered a passenger growth of 7.6%. 2.3% more passengers boarded one of the Africa flights. The new destination Mumbai also yielded very good results.With a passenger increase of 15.3%, Brussels Airlines was one of the fastest growing European airlines of the month of June.

The Brussels Airlines freight activity, expressed in Revenue Ton Kilometre (RTK), recorded a growth of over 19 percentage points.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated throughout the month of June many holiday and ad-hoc flights for tour operators.


  Month Month VLY difference in %
jun-17 jun-16
Flights 7,523 6,974 7.9%
Total Passengers 848,434 735,862 15.3%
— Passengers Europe 708,290 611,922 15.7%
— Passengers Africa 78,027 76,285 2.3%
— Passengers North America 34,351 31,927 7.6%
— Passengers Middle East 18,044 15,728 14.7%
— Passengers Asia 9,722 / /
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,773,088,609 1,589,891,502 11.5%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,412,761,032 1,206,494,315 17.1%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 79.7% 75.9% 3.8%pt
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK) 211,300 188,925 11.8%
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 162,707 136,367 19.3%
Cargo Load Factor (%) 65.2% 53.0% 12.2%pt
Based on the latest available passenger data
Brussels Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group and a Star Alliance member. 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 Capital of Europe to over 100 premium European and African destinations and New York JFK, Washington D.C. and Toronto but also since March this year Mumbai.