Brussels Airport

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Brussels Airport
Luchthaven Brussel-Nationaal (Dutch)
Aéroport de Bruxelles-National (French)
Brussels Airport official logo.png
Airport typePublic & Military
OperatorBrussels Airport Company
ServesBrussels, Belgium
Diegem, Machelen
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL184 ft / 56 m
Coordinates50°54′05″N 004°29′04″E / 50.90139°N 4.48444°E / 50.90139; 4.48444Coordinates: 50°54′05″N 004°29′04″E / 50.90139°N 4.48444°E / 50.90139; 4.48444
Airport diagram
BRU is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Statistics (2013)
Freight (tonnes)429,938
Aircraft movements216,678
Sources: Brussels Airport,[2] AIP[3]
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Brussels Airport
Luchthaven Brussel-Nationaal (Dutch)
Aéroport de Bruxelles-National (French)
Brussels Airport official logo.png
Airport typePublic & Military
OperatorBrussels Airport Company
ServesBrussels, Belgium
Diegem, Machelen
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL184 ft / 56 m
Coordinates50°54′05″N 004°29′04″E / 50.90139°N 4.48444°E / 50.90139; 4.48444Coordinates: 50°54′05″N 004°29′04″E / 50.90139°N 4.48444°E / 50.90139; 4.48444
Airport diagram
BRU is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Statistics (2013)
Freight (tonnes)429,938
Aircraft movements216,678
Sources: Brussels Airport,[2] AIP[3]

Brussels Airport (IATA: BRUICAO: EBBR) (also called Brussel Nationaal/Bruxelles-National/Brussel-Zaventem (Brussels National)) is an international airportNM (11 km; 6.9 mi) northeast[3] of Brussels, Belgium. The airport's name is somewhat misleading as it is not located in Brussels, but partially in Zaventem and partially in the Diegem area of Machelen,[4] both located in the Flemish Region of Belgium. In 2012, almost 19 million passengers arrived or departed at Brussels airport, making it the 24th busiest airport in Europe. It is home to around 260 companies, together directly employing 20,000 people.

The company operating the airport is known as "The Brussels Airport Company N.V./S.A."; before 19 October 2006, the name was BIAC (Brussels International Airport Company), which was created by Belgian law through a merger of BATC with the ground operations departments of the RLW/RVA. Since 2011, the airport is owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (39%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund I and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III (36%) and the Belgian State (25%).[5]


The origins of Brussels Airport at Zaventem date back to 1940, when the German occupying force laid claim to 600 ha (1,500 acres) of agricultural fields to the east of Brussels, near the Belgian military back-up airfield "Steenokkerzeel". The Germans constructed 3 runways in the shape of a triangle: runway 02/20 and 07L/25R which are still in use today, and runway 12/30. The airfield buildings however were constructed within the territory of the nearby municipality of Melsbroek and not of Zaventem, which is why the airfield was known to the locals as the airfield of Melsbroek, or "Fliegerhorst Melsbroek" to the Germans. There is an urban legend that the site of the airport was chosen by the Germans after asking locals where to build it – the Belgians then pointed to this location as it was often foggy.

After the liberation (3 September 1944), the German infrastructure at Melsbroek fell into the hands of the British. When the old civilian airport in Haren became too small, the Belgian authorities decided to use the aerodrome at Melsbroek for the new national airport. By 1948, a new terminal building was constructed to replace the old wooden building. In the same year, the length of both runways 02/20 and 07L/25R were increased to 1,200 m (3,900 ft) and 2,450 m (8,040 ft) respectively, whereas 12/30 remained at 1,300 m (4,300 ft). The civil aerodrome of Melsbroek was officially opened by Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, the Prince Regent on 20 July 1948. From 1948 to 1956 many more buildings and facilities were erected, but almost always on the Melsbroek side of the site.

In 1955, a train line connecting the city centre of Brussels with the airport was constructed. The line was officially opened by King Baudouin on 15 May 1955. A direct train link with Leuven and Liège was opened on 12 December 2005.

In 1956 a new 2,300 m (7,500 ft) runway was constructed, the 07R/25L which runs parallel with 07L/25R. The runway is still in use today and saw its length later increased to 3,200 m (10,500 ft). In April 1956 the Belgian government decided to build a new airport, using the same runways, but with the buildings located within the territory of the municipality of Zaventem. In April 1957, construction started of the new terminal, preparing the airport for the 1958 World Fair. The grass runway 12/30 had to make way to allow for the new passenger terminal. This new airport was inaugurated 5 July 1958, almost just in time for the 1958 World Fair. So historically, the birth date of Zaventem Airport is 5 July 1958. Incidentally, the buildings on the Melsbroek side are still in use by the Belgian Air Force (15th Air Transport Wing), and is still known as Melsbroek airfield. Both Zaventem Airport and Melsbroek Air Base, the military airfield, share the same runways.

During the boom of commercial aviation in the 1960s and 1970s, several hangars were constructed. A new cargo terminal was constructed in 1976. In 1994, a brand new terminal was constructed adjacent to the old 1958 building. Two old piers were torn down and replaced by modern ones. In 2002, amidst the turmoil engulfing the demise of the national airline Sabena, a new pier was opened.

In 2005, the airport was awarded Best Airport in Europe by Airports Council International/International Air Transport Association (ACI/IATA), based on a survey conducted with over 100,000 passengers worldwide. Brussels Airport continues to appear in top airports lists as of 2012.

In 2007, the airport served 17.8 million passengers, an increase of 7% over 2006. The cargo volume in the same year amounted to 780,000 tonnes, an increase of 8.9% over 2006. In 2008, the airport served 18,5 million passengers, which was an increase of 3.7% over the previous year.[6]

Sabena's demise meant a sharp fall in passenger traffic, a blow the airport only slowly recovered from. The airport's future is threatened by disagreement between the governments of Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region concerning nocturnal air traffic routes.

In March 2009, the old mechanical Flight information display system were replaced by electronic ones.[7] In September 2009, CEO Wilfried Van Assche resigned. One of the (unofficial) reasons is the delay of the construction of the low-cost terminal and the possible lawsuit by 52 airlines active at Brussels Airport, because of the tax-discrimination. It was Van Assche who started expanding the Long-Haul network (Jet Airways, Hainan Airlines, Etihad Airways, US Airways) at Brussels Airport. In February 2010 Arnaud Feist was appointed CEO. The company president is Luc Van den Bossche (former Belgian government minister).

On 18 February 2013, in the 2013 Belgium diamond heist, eight men armed with automatic weapons and dressed in police uniforms seized 120 small parcels containing an estimated US$50 million worth of diamonds off of a Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 passenger plane loaded with passengers preparing for departure to Zurich, Switzerland. The men drove two vehicles through a hole they had cut in the airport's perimeter fence to Flight LX789, which had just been loaded with diamonds from a Brink's armored van from Antwerp, Belgium. The men were able to execute the operation within five minutes with no injuries and without firing a shot.[8][9][10]


Aerial overview of Brussels Airport
Control tower Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport uses a one terminal concept, meaning that all the facilities are located under a single roof. The terminal building consists of several levels. The railway station is located on -1, busses and taxis arrive at 0, arrivals are located on level 2 and departures on level 3. Levels 2 and 3 are connected to the airport's two piers (A and B).[11]

Departure Halls[edit]

Brussels Airport has two departure halls. The main hall is used by all airlines, with the exception of Jetairfly and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. Those two airlines operate from a smaller departure hall next to departure hall 1 as of 30 March 2010. From both the departure halls, both piers can be reached. Brussels Airport currently consists of 54 contact gates, and a total of 109 gates.

Pier A[edit]

Pier A is the newest pier on Brussels Airport and was opened on 15 May 2002. This pier was destined to support flights from and to the Schengen countries (A-gates). However, since 15 October 2008 all Brussels Airlines flights to African destinions are also handled at this pier. Therefore, border control was installed towards the end of the pier in order to create a new pier. As a result, gates A61-72 were renamed T61-72.

Pier A is connected to the main building via a 400 metres (1,300 ft) long tunnel under the tarmac. Each pier has its own security zone, so transfer between the terminals involves a security check. By 2015,[12] this tunnel will be replaced by the "Connector", a new building that is to link the main building to Pier A above-ground. The connector will allow passengers to walk straight from the check-in desk to their gate in pier A or B, without changing floors. In the opposite direction, the building will provide the arriving passenger with a smooth and agreeable passage to the baggage reclaim hall and the exit.

Pier A West[edit]

Pier A West is a planned expansion of Pier A, and is meant to relieve Pier B by also handling flights from non-Schengen countries. Pier A West was due to open in 2016, but because of the slow passenger growth, Brussels Airport announced in July 2013 that the works will be delayed until further notice.

Pier B[edit]

Pier B is the oldest pier that is still in use at Brussels Airport and is only used for flighs ouside the Schengen Area. Pier B is connected immediately to the main departure hall and consists of two decks. The upper deck (level 3) is at the same level as the departure halls and is used for the departing passengers, whereas the lower deck (level 2) is used for arriving passengers and connects immediately to border control and the baggage claim area.

Low-cost pier[edit]

Just as is the case for Pier A West, the construction of a new low-cost pier is currently on hold. It will be built roughly where the old south pier used to be. At present, several low-cost airlines including Ryanair and Wizz Air fly to Brussels-South Charleroi Airport, 40 km (25 mi) away from Brussels.[13] In autumn 2013, low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has announced it will end its flights between Brussels Airport and Turkey. The service between Brussels and Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen will relocate to Brussels-South Charleroi Airport. However, Turkish Airlines announced on 26 November 2013 it will offer one daily flight on the same route, starting one month after Pegasus terminates its operations at the airport.[14] One day later, Ryanair announced the opening of a second Belgian base at Brussels Airport, giving a boost to low-cost traffic at Brussels Airport. Ryanair announced on 27 November 10 new routes from Brussels Airport,[15] although Brussels-South Charleroi Airport will remain the low-cost carrier's primary Belgian base.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Countries served by direct flights from Brussels Airport
A Jetairfly Boeing 787 at Brussels Airport
A Blue1 Boeing 717-200 at Brussels Airport
An airBaltic Boeing 737-500 at Brussels Airport
An Air Europa Embraer 195 at Brussels Airport
A Brussels Airlines Airbus A319-100 at Brussels Airport
An Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER at Brussels Airport
An El Al Boeing 737 at Pier B
A Lufthansa Airbus A321-100 at Brussels Airport
Adria AirwaysLjubljanaA
Aegean AirlinesAthens
Seasonal: Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes, Thessaloniki (begins 2 June 2014)[16]
Aer LingusCork, DublinB
Air AlgérieAlgiers
Seasonal: Oran
Air Arabia MarocCasablanca, Nador, TangierB
Air CanadaMontreal-TrudeauB
Air EuropaMadridA
Air France
operated by HOP!
Lyon, Bordeaux, NantesA
Air LituanicaVilnius[17]A
Air MaltaMaltaA
Air SerbiaBelgradeB
Air TransatSeasonal: Montreal-TrudeauB
AlitaliaMilan-Linate, Rome-FiumicinoA
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Blue AirBacău, BucharestB
BMI RegionalEast Midlands, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 3 March 2014)B
British AirwaysLondon-HeathrowB
British Airways
operated by Sun Air of Scandinavia
Brussels AirlinesAlicante, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Tegel, Bilbao, Bologna, Budapest, Copenhagen, Geneva, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Hamburg, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Marseille, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Nice, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Bromma, Turin, Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Vilnius
Seasonal: Ajaccio (resumes 30 March 2014), Athens (resumes 30 March 2014), Bastia (begins 30 March 2014), Catania, Faro, Figari (begins 30 March 2014), Florence, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Palermo, Porto
Brussels AirlinesAbidjan, Banjul, Bujumbura, Conakry, Cotonou, Douala, Dakar, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Freetown-Lungi, Kigali, Kinshasa-N'djili, Lomé, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Manchester, Monrovia, Moscow-Domodedovo, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, New York-JFK, Ouagadougou, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Washington-Dulles, Yaoundé
Seasonal: Agadir, Marrakech
Brussels Airlines
operated by Flybe
Birmingham, Bristol, Hamburg, Hanover, Lyon, Manchester, Prague, Strasbourg, ToulouseA,B
Brussels Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Birmingham, Hanover, TurinA,B
Bulgaria AirSofiaB
Corendon AirlinesAntalya, Bodrum, DalamanB
Croatia AirlinesZagrebB
Czech AirlinesPragueA
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, New York-JFKB
easyJetBerlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux (begins 30 March 2014), London-Gatwick (begins 30 March 2014), Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, Naples (begins 31 March 2014), Nice, ToulouseA,B
easyJet SwitzerlandBasel/Mulhouse, GenevaA
El AlTel Aviv-Ben GurionB
Estonian AirTallinnA
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis AbabaB
Etihad AirwaysAbu DhabiB
EurolotGdańsk (begins 3 March 2014), Wrocław (begins 4 March 2014)A
Freebird AirlinesSeasonal charter: Antalya, BodrumB
GermanwingsStuttgart (ends 29 March 2014)A
operated by Eurowings
Stuttgart (begins 30 March 2014)A
Hainan AirlinesBeijing-CapitalB
IcelandairSeasonal: Reykjavík-KeflavíkA
Jet AirwaysDelhi, Mumbai, Newark, Toronto-PearsonB
JetairflyAlicante, Almería, Arrecife, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Murcia, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Tenerife-South, Toulon
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Athens, Bastia, Brindisi, Burgas, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Girona, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lourdes, Menorca, Mykonos, Naples, Nice, Ohrid, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Ponta Delgada, Porto Santo, Reus, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skopje, Tirana, Varna, Zakynthos
JetairflyAgadir, Algiers, Antalya, Aqaba, Béjaïa, Boa Vista, Cancún, Casablanca, Djerba, Enfidha, Hurghada, Malé, Marrakech, Marsa Alam, Miami (begins 4 April 2014),[18] Mombasa, Montego Bay, Nador, Oran, Paphos, Pristina, Punta Cana, Sal, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 3 April 2014),[19] Tétouan, Varadero, Zanzibar
Seasonal: Al Hoceima, Bodrum, Dalaman, Fes, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Oujda, Izmir, Rabat, Tangier, Taba
operated by KLM Cityhopper
LOT Polish AirlinesWarsaw-ChopinA
LufthansaFrankfurt, MunichA
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, MunichA
MeridianaSeasonal: Olbia (resumes 13 June 2014)[20]A
Middle East AirlinesBeirutB
NouvelairSeasonal charter: Djerba, MonastirB
Onur AirAntalyaB
Pegasus AirlinesIstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (ends 29 March 2014)
Seasonal: Antalya
Qatar AirwaysDohaB
Royal Air MarocCasablanca, Nador, Tangier
Seasonal: Al Hoceima, Oujda
Ryanair[21]Alicante (begins 27 February 2014), Barcelona (begins 27 February 2014), Lisbon (begins 27 February 2014), Málaga (begins 27 February 2014), Palma de Mallorca (begins 27 February 2014), Porto (begins 27 February 2014), Rome-Fiumicino (begins 27 February 2014), Treviso (begins 27 February 2014), Valencia (begins 27 February 2014)
Seasonal: Ibiza (begins 1 July 2014)
Scandinavian AirlinesCopenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-ArlandaA
Swiss International Air LinesZürichA
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Helvetic Airways
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss European Air Lines
Tailwind AirlinesAntalyaB
TAP PortugalLisbonA
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Thai AirwaysBangkok-SuvarnabhumiB
Thomas Cook Airlines BelgiumCharter: Alicante, Almería, Athens, Barcelona, Bastia, Biarritz, Burgas, Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Girona, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lesbos, Lisbon, Málaga, Malta, Menorca, Mykonos, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo, Rhodes, Rimini, Reus, Santorini, Tenerife-South, Venice-Marco Polo, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Ajaccio, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Split, Tivat
Thomas Cook Airlines BelgiumCharter: Agadir, Alanya, Antalya, Boa Vista, Bodrum, Burgas, Cairo, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Hurghada, Izmir, Larnaca, Luxor, Marrakech, Marsa Alam, Monastir, Oujda, Paphos, Sal, Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba, Tunis, VarnaB
Transavia.comSeasonal charter: HeraklionA
TunisairDjerba, Enfidha, Monastir, TunisB
Turkish AirlinesAnkara, Eskişehir, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (begins 8 May 2014)[14]B
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev-BoryspilB
United AirlinesChicago-O'Hare, Newark, Washington-DullesB
US AirwaysPhiladelphia
Seasonal: Charlotte (begins 6 June 2014)[22]
VuelingAlicante, Barcelona, Lisbon (begins 1 May 2014), Málaga, Porto (begins 1 May 2014), Rome-Fiumicino (begins 24 April 2014), Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo (begins 1 May 2014)
Seasonal: Ibiza (begins 3 May 2014), Palma de Mallorca (begins 3 May 2014), Santiago de Compostela (begins 3 May 2014)


A DHL Aviation Boeing 757-200F at Brussels Airport
Air AlgérieAlgiers, Casablanca
Asiana CargoAnchorage, Halifax, London-Stansted, New York-JFK, Seoul-Incheon
Cargojet Airways[23]Cologne, Halifax, Hamilton
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Lagos, Leipzig/Halle
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
Bergamo, Budapest, East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, Vitoria
DHL Aviation
operated by Swiftair
Bratislava, Madrid
Ethiopian Airlines CargoAddis Ababa, Dubai, Hong Kong
Korean Air CargoMiami, Navoiy, New York-JFK, Seoul-Incheon, Vienna, Zaragoza
Nordic Global AirlinesHelsinki, New York-JFK, Chicago-O'Hare, Hong Kong
Royal Air MarocCasablanca
Saudia CargoDammam, Dubai-World Central, Guangzhou, Houston-Intercontinental, Jeddah, New York-JFK, Riyadh, Vienna
Singapore Airlines CargoAmsterdam, Chicago-O'Hare, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Sharjah, Singapore
TNT AirwaysHelsinki


Busiest European routes from Brussels Airport [24]
RankCityPassengers 2011Passengers 2012Top Carriers
1Flag of Spain.svg Madrid, Spain580,280561,757Air Europa, Brussels Airlines, Iberia
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, UK517,519548,544British Airways, Brussels Airlines
3Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona508,726523,191Brussels Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Vueling
4Flag of Switzerland.svg Geneva, Switzerland514,158514,159Brussels Airlines, Easyjet Switzerland
5Flag of Italy.svg Rome, Italy514,507486,410Alitalia, Brussels Airlines
6Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen, Denmark437,424481,591Brussels Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines
7Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey [25]410,583460,024Jetairfly, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
8Flag of Italy.svg Milan, Italy [26]469,198459,383Alitalia, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet
9Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt, Germany462,180450,607Lufthansa
10Flag of Turkey.svg Antalya, Turkey432,922450,386Brussels Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Jetairfly, Freebird Airlines, Onur Air, Tailwind Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium
Busiest Intercontinental routes from Brussels Airport [24]
RankCityPassengers 2011Passengers 2012Top Carriers
1Flag of the United States.svg New York City, USA [27]581,658664,152Brussels Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jet Airways, United Airlines
2Flag of Morocco.svg Casablanca, Morocco192,835194,262Air Arabia Maroc, Jetairfly, Royal Air Maroc
3Flag of Israel.svg Tel-Aviv, Israel169,098187,786Brussels Airlines, El Al, Jetairfly (only 2012)
4Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi, UAE148,916171,619Etihad Airways
5Flag of the United States.svg Washington, D.C., USA152,754159,764United Airlines, Brussels Airlines
6Flag of India.svg Mumbai, India130,071151,670Jet Airways
7Flag of Canada.svg Montréal, Canada149,420150,033Air Canada, Air Transat
8Flag of Canada.svg Toronto, Canada136,630145,089Jet Airways
9Flag of Tunisia.svg Monastir, Tunisia [28]109,335137,196Tunisair, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Nouvelair
10Flag of India.svg Delhi, India130,601127,714Jet Airways
Traffic by calendar year [24][29]
YearPassenger volumeChange over previous yearAircraft operationsChange over previous yearCargo (tonnes)Change over previous year

Other facilities[edit]

Brussels Airlines has its corporate head office in the, Airport Building 26, located in Diegem, Machelen.[4][30] Brussels Airlines formed in 2006 as a result of a merger between SN Brussels and Virgin Express.[31] European Air Transport has its head office in Building 4–5, in Zaventem.[32]

Before Sabena went out of business, its head office was in the Sabena House on the grounds of Brussels Airport.[33] When it existed, Virgin Express had its head office in Building 116 in Zaventem.[34] SN Brussels, which formed in 2002, had its head office in Airport Building 117 in Zaventem when it existed.[35] Prior to its disestablishment, Sobelair had its head office in Building 45 in Zaventem.[36][37]

Ground transportation[edit]


Brussels Airport can be reached by car via the A201, which is directly connected to the R0 highway. From there, the main highways of Belgium can directly be accessed. Private partners provide three car parks at the airport, offering in total 10,600 parking spaces.

De Lijn provides bus transportation to and from various cities in Flanders from platforms A and B (via Brucargo). The MIVB/STIB provides transportation into Brussels city centre at Brussels Luxembourg Station via line 12 (weekdays before 8 pm) or line 21 (weekends and evenings after 8 pm) from platform C. Platform E is used by the Hotel Shuttles, offering shuttle services to several hotels near the area.

Taxis are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre of Brussels is normally around € 45. Licensed taxis can be recognized by the blue and yellow emblem.


The Airport Railway Station is located under the airport building at level −1. The train station has direct services to Antwerp, Brussels, De Panne, Ghent, Hasselt, Landen, Leuven, Mechelen, Nivelles and Quévy. At least four trains per hour serve the most used link to Brussels South Railway Station, where international connections are offered by Eurostar (to London), Thalys (to Amsterdam, Avignon, Cologne, Essen, Lille, Marseille, Paris, and Valence), ICE (to Cologne and Frankfurt) and Eurocity (to Basel, Bern, Chur, Luxembourg and Zürich). There is now also a direct train from the Airport to Paris once a day with Thalys. There is a special agreement with Brussels Airlines and Jet Airways for use of this service.

A direct train link with Leuven was opened on 12 December 2005. A direct link with Antwerp and Mechelen via the so-called Diabolo line was opened for public service on 10 June 2012. The Diabolo project is a public-private partnership. It has been decided that all rail passengers to the Brussels National Airport railway station station pay a "Diabolo supplement" to finance the ongoing and planned work. As of December 2014, a direct train link between Bruges and the Airport will be offered.[38] A through service to Schiphol and Amsterdam is due to be introduced by the end of 2015.


Brussels Airport has a special separated road that provides access to the airport for bikers and pedestrians. There is also a special place to park bikes.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

The Boeing 747 that overran the runway in 2008

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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External links[edit]

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