The mood at the Brussels South Charleroi Airport terminal could not be sunnier, with the holiday season about to get into full swing. With July coming up fast, it is the perfect time to offer travellers some recommendations to make sure they can jet off without a hitch. Passenger numbers at the airport will be high, with nearly 30,000 expected to pass through BSCA every day throughout the summer from Monday 26 June 2017, and with seat-occupancy rates estimated to be between 95 and 100%. The airport will be handling between 150 and 160 flights a day, and its teams have been strengthened to ensure everything goes smoothly during the big summer getaway.
The first major spike in passenger traffic is expected on Monday 26 June, while the weekend of 1 July 2017 will provide the second busy period. The pattern will remain unchanged in the days that follow and over the school holidays, with the airport set to handle nearly 30,000 passengers a day. As is the case every year, southern Europe is the destination of choice for passengers using Brussels South Charleroi Airport, with the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands proving especially popular with travellers looking for hot and sunny climes. Served by Air Corsica from BSCA, Corsica is proving a very popular port of call this year with its two destinations, Ajaccio and Bastia. The carrier has also increased the number of seats it is offering for the holiday season by five percent. City breaks are a major lure too, not least to the jewels of Eastern Europe, among them Budapest, Prague and Warsaw, to name but a few.
Here are a few key recommendations for travellers before they set off:
- Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport between two and three hours before their flight.
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport offers a range of car parks to cater for every budget, from short-stay to long:
- Anyone coming to drop off or pick up passengers should park in the P1 car park, where the first 15 minutes are free.
- Reduced mobility passengers are advised to use the ground floor (0) of the P1 car park, where 45 spaces are set aside for them and where parking is also free for the first 15 minutes.
- Passengers catching medium-haul flights should use the P2 car park, which offers speedy access to the terminal on foot.
- Long-haul passengers can find low-cost, hitch-free parking at the P3 car park, which offers a free and fast shuttle service to the airport. Travellers can book a parking space at P3 before they depart at: http://www.q-park-resa.fr/en/car-park/charleroibrussels-south/p3-airport-85.html.
BSCA would like to remind travellers that work is currently being carried out on the approaches to the P1 and P2 car parks with a view to making them easier to access. We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause.
- We would remind anyone using the airport, either for arrivals and departures, to check which terminal they need: T1 or T2. This information can be found at the airport website – http://www.charleroi-airport.com – and on the display screens in the airport car parks.
- Travellers are also asked to check that they have their identity documents with them prior to their arrival at the airport. Only valid national identity cards and passports will be accepted.
- Should passengers have any questions regarding check-in procedures and baggage allowances, they are advised to consult the website of the airline with whom they are travelling.
Confirming Brussels South Charleroi Airport’s readiness for the 2017 summer season, its CEO, Jean-Jacques CLOQUET, said:
We are delighted to be giving thousands of people the chance to use our facilities to get away on holiday. Aren’t the summer holidays just the best time of the year? That is very much our motto and we will be working hard throughout the season to keep passenger stress levels as low as possible and to make sure they enjoy a perfect, trouble-free departure. We have strengthened our teams to cater for demand in a period when passenger traffic will be high.
This year, thanks to our six partner airlines, our passengers will have nearly 180 destinations to choose from. We would like to take this early opportunity to thank our staff and our partners for the remarkable job they will do over these summer months. Finally, we would also like to thank our passengers and wish them all the very best for their holidays. The time has come to kick back, relax and get away from it all, and I can assure travellers that all the staff at Brussels South Charleroi Airport and their partners will be there to take the strain for them and ensure they set off on their holidays in the best possible way.
Charleroi, 23 June 2017