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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.

Work-to-rule action of Brussels Airport customs officers for the second day in a row

This morning (18 October), a work-to-rule action at Brussels Airport disturbed passenger flow through customs. Customs officers are continuing their actions for a second...

Close to 70% of the landing runways in Belgium equipped with satellite navigation thanks to Belgocontrol

As from now, aircraft will be able to land on Brussels Airport’s runway 19 thanks to satellite navigation. From a total of 18 landing...

ASEM summit in Brussels on 18 and 19 October 2018 – which aircraft to expect?

On 18 and 19 October, an ASEM (*) summit is scheduled at Brussels, Belgium. The ASEM summit will bring together heads of state or government...

Maintenance works on Brussels Airport runway 07L/25R spread over 8 consecutive weekends

Brussels Airport is beginning maintenance work on runway 07L/25R this weekend. Work will last 8 weeks and take place exclusively during the weekend. The...

Work-to-rule police action at Brussels Airport results in long waiting times at immigration

The work-to-rule police action in Belgium is also affecting air traffic at Brussels Airport, many passengers headed to Twitter to complain about the long...

More than 2.4 million passengers for Brussels Airport in September (+2%)

More than 2.4 million passengers flew via our airport in September, up 2% on September 2017. Cargo volumes at Brussels Airport also recorded a2.5%...

Ryanair to launch six new routes from Belgian airports (from Summer 2019) – Michael O’Leary reaches out to Belgian unions

On a press conference at Brussels Airport, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary announced its Summer 2019 schedule for Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport....

National demonstration in Brussels on 2 October

On Tuesday 2 October, the trade unions are holding a national demonstration in Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Namur, Liège, La Louvière and Brussels. Schools and public...

Brussels Airport celebrates 60th anniversary with Belgian icons

Belgian icons are jumping for joy on Brussels Airport’s 60th anniversary To mark its 60th-anniversary celebrations, Brussels Airport has called on various Belgian celebrities who...

Ryanair launches new route between Brussels and Pisa

Ryanair today (25 Sep) announced a new route from Brussels Airport to Pisa in Italy, with a three times weekly service commencing in April...

Thai flight from Brussels to Bangkok cancelled: technical problem with the A350

Thai Airways cancelled its flight TG935 from Brussels Airport to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi this Saturday afternoon: the Airbus A350-900 registered HS-THM had a problem with...

Strike of Swissport Cargo employees at Brussels Airport

The frustration and dissatisfaction about working conditions among employees are so deep that they went on strike and are not ready to resume work,...

Rwandair possibly to Brussels with a Boeing 737 MAX 7 or an Airbus A321LR

RwandAir currently flies to Brussels and London Gatwick with an Airbus A330-200 or A330-300, depending on demand. But, as we mentioned yesterday in the...

Embraer E190-E2 to stop in Brussels on 21-24 September during World Tour

An Embraer E190-E2 test aircraft is currently on a World Tour to show its capabilities to interested customers. The aeroplane with a distinctive shark...

Brussels Airport partners (Brussels Airlines, TUIfly, DHL Express, Belgocontrol) strengthen environmental cooperation

Belgocontrol and Brussels Airport Company have signed a cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines, TUI Fly and DHL Express, on undertaking joint initiatives that further...

Brussels Airport wins award for the best network development and airline marketing in the world

At the World Routes event in Guangzhou in China, Brussels Airport has won the overall World Routes 2018 Marketing Award and also took home...

A TUI fly Belgium Boeing 737 MAX 8 diverts to Brussels after bird strike on take-off from Ostend

On 14 September, a TUI fly Belgium Boeing 737 MAX 8 (OO-TMB) operating flight TB5698 from Ostend Airport to Palma de Mallorca hit a...

[Trip report] Alicante-Brussels with Vueling, delayed by ATC

During my visit to Alicante, I received two SMS messages informing me that, due to ATC restrictions, my flight would be delayed by 1...

[Trip report] Brussels-Alicante on AirExplore 737-800 operating for TUIfly

Early wake-up call for a flight departing at 06:00. Travelling with hand baggage only and having downloaded my boarding pass on my phone, I...

Meanwhile at Brussels Airport: a Corsair Boeing 747 dropped by and a special F-16 exercise

A special visitor at Brussels Airport today (12 September) with a Corsair Boeing 747 (F-HSEA) operating a charter flight for Club Med to Lamezia...