5,878,179 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines in the course of 2013, which represents an increase of two percent compared to 2012. The load factor of the airline’s flights also improved by 2.6 percent points.
Brussels Airlines transported a record number of passengers in the history of its existence.
Compared to 2012, Brussels Airlines transported an additional 116,360 passengers in 2013. The passenger growth was realized mainly thanks to the intercontinental flight offer to the United States and Africa.
In 2013 the airline’s seat offer decreased slightly compared to 2012. A nice passenger growth was achieved nonetheless, leading to a significant improvement of the occupancy rate. The average occupancy rate (Seat Load Factor) was 69.1 percent throughout 2013.
A remarkable month was the last month of December, recording a 12 percent passenger increase compared to December 2012 (+ 36,000 pasengers).
These positive passenger results – Brussels Airlines’ results were above overall market average – clearly confirm the strategic choices of the Brussels Airlines management. For example, in 2013, the European flight offer and the flight frequencies were better adapted to market demand. At the same time the intercontinental network grew thanks to the implementation of an additional long haul aircraft.
Highlights in 2013 included the launch of a second US destination, Washington D.C., and the Mediterranean holiday destination Alicante.
In addition to this scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines also operated numerous flights for tour operators, meeting- and incentive agencies and sports clubs. The passenger figures of these activities are not included in the year figures.
The freight activity of Brussels Airlines, expressed in freight ton-kilometres, increased by 14% in 2013. Compared to 2012 3,448 tons of additional cargo and mail were transported.
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 43 aircraft operating some 300 flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to over 70 premium European and African destinations and since recently, a daily connection to New York JFK. and 5 connections per week to Washington D.C.
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.
On its European routes, mainly operated with Airbus A319/A320, Brussels Airlines offers the choice between "b.business", a Business Class service, "b.flex economy+" which is a flexible product, offering time-saving and comfort at reasonable prices and "b.light economy", a low fare product.
In addition to 18 destinations in Africa and 2 in the US (New York and Washington), Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul services to the United Arab Emirates, China, Thailand, India, North America and Canada.
Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialised by the Cargo Department. The airline also handles its own daily maintenance.
Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 80 years of aviation experience.
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