Taking off: Why planespotters are being welcomed by some airports


Brussels Airport has spent a whopping €650,000 to build viewing platforms and facilities for plane spotting enthusiasts. It says it simply wanted to welcome those with a passion for planes, who may one day become pilots. As airport security remains tight, measures like this are receiving a warm welcome. FRANCE 24’s Wassim Cornet met with those passionate enough to get up before dawn to watch aircraft roll down runways.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Gaëlle Esso and James Vasina

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Bart Noëth: Since 1996, I have been working in the Belgian airline industry, from a weekend job as a cabin aircraft cleaner to a flight attendant. After the demise of Sabena - in 2001, I created a website called www.luchtzak.be, originally a meeting place for plane spotters and aviation freaks. Since 2017, the website changed into a professional news site. Next to aviation, I love to travel, wine and dine and enjoy my time off(-line) with my girlfriend, friends and family. My favourite football squad is KV Mechelen, I am an Ironman 70.3 finisher and my ambition is to complete a full Ironman.
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