#BrusselsAirlines shows continued growth


(Posted 12th April 2018)

Brussels Airlines welcomed 13.4% more passengers in March

In March this year did 778,175 passengers board a Brussels Airlines flight. This figure represents a 13.4% increase compared to the same month last year.

Passenger growth was recorded across the entire network, leading to a 4.7 percentage point increase of the seat load factor.

Brussels Airlines closes March with growth. On board of the 6,390 flights that were operated during the past month, Brussels Airlines welcomed 778,175 passengers, or 91,876 more than in March 2017. The largest growth was recorded on the North American (+28.1%) and African sectors (+18.1%), followed by the European network (+10.8%) and the Middle East (+5.6%). The Asian growth is due to the fact that Brussels Airlines’ Mumbai route was opened on 30 March 2017 (comparison of 2 days of operations last year versus an entire month this year). On the European network the growth was mainly achieved thanks to the Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium activities that were integrated last October.

The passenger growth led to an increase of the seat load factor by 4.7 percentage points, bringing the average seat load factor to 79.5%. It was also a very strong month for Brussels Airlines Cargo. The cargo load factor grew by 5.8 percentage points to 75.2%. The freight volumes transported in the belly of Brussels Airlines’ passenger flights increased by 43%, a significant growth that is partly due to the opening of the Mumbai route.

Compared to March last year, Brussels Airlines operated 3.9% less flights. Nevertheless the airline was able to increase its growth rate. This is the result of the replacement of the last AVRO jets (100 seats) by Airbus aircraft with a greater capacity (180 seats). Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue to propose competitive fares and attract even more customers. This means, however, that the pressure on airline ticket prices remains very high.

The statistics below do not include the passengers on board of charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators.


  Month Month VLY difference
mar18 mar17
Flights 6,390 6,650 -3.9%
Total Passengers 778,175 686,299 13.4%
— Passengers Europe 632,445 570,678 10.8%
— Passengers Africa 94,059 79,643 18.1%
— Passengers North America 24,817 19,368 28.1%
— Passengers Middle East 16,775 15,881 5.6%
— Passengers Asia 10,079 729 1282.6%
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,661,714,583 1,423,890,745 16.7%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,320,531,121 1,064,760,834 24.0%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 79.5% 74.8% 4.7%pt
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)    197,312 168,453 17.1%
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 155,970 123,253 26.5%
Cargo Load Factor (%) 75.2% 69.4% 5.8%pt
These results are based on figures currently available


In Eastern Africa does Brussels Airlines serve Entebbe / Uganda with daily flights, six of which route via Kigali / Rwanda with the remaining service operating via Bujumbura / Burundi, using an Airbus A330 configured with Business Class, Economy Privilege and Economy.


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