REGULAR MONTHLY FEATURE OF BRUSSELS AIRLINES DATA MAKES WAY FOR NEW FORMAT
(Posted 19th October 2018)
A regular feature here, showing the Africa traffic figures of Brussels Airlines on a monthly basis, will sadly have to make way to a new reporting format.
Publications of this kind are now produced by the Lufthansa Group directly and in the case of Brussels Airlines – with Belgians watching developments with hawk eyes it is understood – it will be shown as part of the Eurowings setup.
The brand of Brussels Airlines is amongst the best known airline brands in Africa and the airline a leader in competence for flights to the African continent, not just today but for decades, when one includes the airline’s predecessors SN Brussels and SABENA.
For reasons yet to reveal more precise and more elaborate details why this decision was taken, was Brussels Airlines grouped with Lufthansa’s Eurowings and not treated like other European acquisitions such as Swiss and Austrian, which are standing as network airlines alongside Lufthansa itself.
Readers, who in their droves over the past week already asked for the regular data update, will hence have to get used to the new reporting format which will commence today, just no longer showing what impact Brussels Airlines makes directly vis a vis air traffic into our home continent of Africa.
Eurowings increases capacity and sales
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.8 million passengers in September. Among this total, 3.5 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 288,000 flew on long-haul flights. This amounts to an increase of 14.4 percent in comparison to the previous year. September capacity was 19.7 percent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 21.3 percent, resulting in an increase of seat load factor by 1.1 percentage points to 85.3 percent.
On short-haul services the airlines raised capacity by 16.8 percent and increased sales volume by 18.5 percent, resulting in a 1.7 percentage points increased seat load factor of 86.8 percent, compared to September 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services increased by 1.1 percentage points to 82.1 percent during the same period, following a 26.3 percent increase in capacity and a 28.1 percent rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.
Brussels Airlines serves Entebbe / Uganda with daily flights, six of which route via Kigali / Rwanda and the remaining service operates via Bujumbura / Burundi.