Brussels Airlines passenger traffic up 11.9% in December

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Brussels Airlines posted an 11.9% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic for December 2012.

Passenger numbers for the month were down 0.8% to 386,000. Stronger demand on the African network accounted for the rise in overall traffic, measured by revenue seat kilometres.

"The African network registered a passenger increase of 10.1 percent. The intra-European traffic decreased by 2%, in line with the capacity adjustments," Brussels Airlines notes.

Overall capacity, measured in available seat kilometres, rose by 10%. Freight traffic rose by 19.9%.

Combined load factor for passenger and cargo levels rose 3.9 percentage points to 57.2%, while passenger load factor alone increased 1.1 percentage point to 66.8%.

For the 2012 calendar year, Brussels Airlines witnessed a 1% rise in passenger numbers, an 8.6% rise in traffic, a 5.1% rise in capacity, and a 24.8% rise in freight traffic.

Full-year passenger load factor rose by 2.2 percentage points, while combined passenger and cargo load factor was up 6.1 percentage points.