Brussels Airport (BRU)

Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU, ICAO: EBBR) (also called Brussel-Nationaal / Bruxelles-National (Brussels-National) or Zaventem) is an international airport 6.5 NM (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 2015, more than 23 million passengers arrived or departed at Brussels Airport, making it the 21st busiest airport in Europe. It is located partially in Zaventem, partially in the Diegem area of Machelen, and partially in Steenokkerzeel, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is home to around 260 companies, together directly employing 20,000 people and serves as the home base for Brussels Airlines, TUIfly Belgium and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.

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 has been owned by the Toronto-based Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (39%), Macquarie Group (Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund I and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III) (36%) and the Belgian State (25%).

On 22 March 2016 the airport’s departures hall was severely damaged by the two terrorist bomb blasts. The airport was closed until 3 April 2016, when it reopened with temporary facilities at less than 20% of its previous capacity. It has since returned to full operations, with a record of 90,000 passengers on 29 July 2016.

Macquarie to sell Brussels Airport stake

Brussels Airport is being prepared for a potential sale as Macquarie, one of its part-owners, is planning an exit from Belgium’s main hub. In 2004...

[Trip report + static visit] Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 at Brussels Airport

On Thursday 19 April 2018, the largest commercial aircraft in the world visited Brussels Airport for a one-off operation to test the infrastructure and the...

Brussels Airport and De Lijn start pilot project with self-driving bus

The board of directors of De Lijn and the management committee of Brussels Airport Company have given the go-ahead for a pilot project with...

[Pictures] Arrival of the Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 at Brussels Airport

A massive audience awaited the arrival of A6-EUG, one of the many Emirates Airlines Airbus A380s, at the newly build plane spotting platform next to...

[Pictures – movie] Man climbs over Brussels Airport fence and crosses the runway

A very dangerous situation yesterday at Brussels Airport, a man climbed over the double airport fences and walked across runway 07R-25L. At that particular...

Brussels Airport inaugurates triple boarding bridge with a one-off Emirates Airbus A380 flight

To offer greater comfort to its passengers, Brussels Airport is investing over €52 million to equip its Pier B with new boarding bridges. The...

On 19 April, Emirates will deploy one of its Airbus A380 aircraft to Brussels Airport

On 19 April, Emirates Airlines will send one of its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Brussels Airport. The largest commercial aircraft in the world...

Brussels Airport inaugurates two new spotting platforms

Along with hundreds of plane spotters and officials from the neighbouring municipalities of Steenokkerzeel and Zaventem, Brussels Airport has inaugurated two spanking new plane...

Brussels Airport receives record 5.2 million passengers in the first quarter (+5.1%), with an increase of 4.4% in March

Brussels Airport achieved an all-time record of more than 5.2 million passengers in the first quarter of 2018. Long haul and transfer traffic in...

Belgian Minister of Mobility confirms Ryanair strategy to avoid paying Brussels Region noise fines

The Ryanair pilots almost always take off from the threshold of runway 25R, said Minister of Mobility François Bellot in response to a parliamentary...

[April Fool’s day story] Equatorial Congo Airlines (EC Air) next to the runway at Brussels Airport!!!

An exceptional phenomenon was identified at Brussels Airport this Sunday morning: a Boeing 757 from Equatorial Congo Airlines (EC Air) ended up next to...

LATAM Cargo Chile moves two weekly flights away from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels Airport

Cargo airline LATAM Cargo Chile, based in Santiago, Chile and the freight subsidiary of the LATAM Airlines Group will start twice weekly cargo flights...

Brussels Airport will welcome a record number of passengers during Easter holidays

Brussels Airport is ready to receive a record number of passengers during the Easter holidays. In two weeks’ time, the airport will receive more...

Brussels taxi drivers to protest against Uber on Tuesday; road to airport might be blocked

Around 500 taxi drivers will block some important roads in the Brussels area on Tuesday (27 March), including the access road to Brussels Airport....

[Pictures] Cathay Pacific inaugural flight Hong Kong – Brussels

https://youtu.be/G9AtaiIeXck This morning, Brussels Airport welcomed the very first Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong. The oneworld alliance member will operate four flights (CX339 and CX338)...

Security is everybody’s business: Brussels South Charleroi Airport launches a new awareness-raising campaign

Following the terrorist attack on Belgium on 22 March 2016, Brussels South Charleroi Airport and its security subsidiary, BSCA Security, have been actively working...

Brussels Airport is expecting a Swissport baggage handling strike on 23 March

Tomorrow Friday 23 March a national demonstration is held. As a result, baggage handling by Swissport may be disrupted. Flights that are handled by Aviapartner,...

Belgium commemorates the second anniversary of the terror attacks at Brussels Airport in the presence of Prime Minister Charles Michel

Two years ago at 7.58 am the unimaginable happened at Brussels Airport. Today at that moment, we observe 1 minute of silence throughout the...

[Pictures] Hainan Airlines launches non-stop service between Shenzhen and Brussels Airport

Hainan Airlines today (20 March) launched a non-stop service between Brussels Airport and Shenzhen Boa’an International Airport. The new route to Southeast China will...

Adverse weather conditions in Belgium expected tonight: leave on time for the airport – delays are possible

In the night of Friday 16 to Saturday 17 March snowfall and frost are expected in Belgium. The Brussels Airport "Winter Operations" teams will make...