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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Atlantis » 14 May 2019, 14:20

Inquirer wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:17
Atlantis wrote:
14 May 2019, 12:18
The future extension of A-Pier West will not be within 5 years. There are many delays due to bureaucracy and external factors. Latest update
That's a pitty, because the airport is lacking gates during the morning hours!

Any update on what exactly is holding back the start of the construction works, Atlantis?
Hi Inquirer,

The parties who are creating the delay, I can not mention by name due to the ongoing status. But there are several. But to receive the needed permissions and approvals is taking soooo long. Politics ;)
We are one of the few countries where it takes so long to receive permissions. But like I wrote, this is only one of the few issues

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by nordikcam » 14 May 2019, 20:36

Stij wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:38
My bet? Uncertainty about Brussels Airlines long haul plans…

Cheers,

Stij
What were the SN long haul plans ? And does have BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Jetter » 14 May 2019, 22:20

nordikcam wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:36
BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?
Pier B West sounds like a good plan B. ;)

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by brusselsairlinesfan » 15 May 2019, 07:18

nordikcam wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:36
Stij wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:38
My bet? Uncertainty about Brussels Airlines long haul plans…

Cheers,

Stij
What were the SN long haul plans ? And does have BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?
That’s It... no SN expansion simply means no BRU expansion !

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Post by sn26567 » 15 May 2019, 11:02

brusselsairlinesfan wrote:
15 May 2019, 07:18
nordikcam wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:36
Stij wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:38
My bet? Uncertainty about Brussels Airlines long haul plans…

Cheers,

Stij
What were the SN long haul plans ? And does have BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?
That’s It... no SN expansion simply means no BRU expansion !
Nature hates vacuum. If SN disappears, many vultures are ready to swallow its remains.
André
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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Conti764 » 15 May 2019, 18:22

sn26567 wrote:
15 May 2019, 11:02
brusselsairlinesfan wrote:
15 May 2019, 07:18
nordikcam wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:36

What were the SN long haul plans ? And does have BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?
That’s It... no SN expansion simply means no BRU expansion !
Nature hates vacuum. If SN disappears, many vultures are ready to swallow its remains.
Like when Sabena went belly up... Sending heaps of 320's and 737's into the airport flying pax to their respectitive hubs.

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Post by nordikcam » 15 May 2019, 18:53

A very dark future for the Airport...sort of Charleroi North with Eurowings as homebase...brrrr !

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Post by TLspotting » 15 May 2019, 19:26

nordikcam wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:36
Stij wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:38
My bet? Uncertainty about Brussels Airlines long haul plans…

Cheers,

Stij
What were the SN long haul plans ? And does have BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?
North American flights to be for Eurowings.

Rumour of a flight from Brussels to California, most likely LAX, spotted on another forum but it will probably be under EW brand...
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Post by TLspotting » 15 May 2019, 19:54

EBBR or EBMB, still the same terrain...
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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Passenger » 15 May 2019, 21:09

Rumours are that Brussels Airport will soon --- given the dissappearance of Brussels Airlines --- construct a special Wailing Wall (Klaagmuur / Mur des lamentations) for forum mourners.

Location will be next to check-in row 1, where passengers for the Eurowings flights to Kinshasa, Kigali and other ex Brussels Arlines (RIP) AFI-destinations check in.

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Conti764 » 15 May 2019, 21:17

Passenger wrote:
15 May 2019, 21:09
Rumours are that Brussels Airport will soon --- given the dissappearance of Brussels Airlines --- construct a special Wailing Wall (Klaagmuur / Mur des lamentations) for forum mourners.

Location will be next to check-in row 1, where passengers for the Eurowings flights to Kinshasa, Kigali and other ex Brussels Arlines (RIP) AFI-destinations check in.
Next to the wailing wall where you can cry during the next strike?

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Conti764 » 15 May 2019, 21:37

TLspotting wrote:
15 May 2019, 19:26
nordikcam wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:36
Stij wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:38
My bet? Uncertainty about Brussels Airlines long haul plans…

Cheers,

Stij
What were the SN long haul plans ? And does have BRU a plan B...if SN into EW disappears...?
North American flights to be for Eurowings.

Rumour of a flight from Brussels to California, most likely LAX, spotted on another forum but it will probably be under EW brand...
What are SA benefits for EW longhaul?

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by brusselsairlinesfan » 16 May 2019, 08:36

No need for a new pier with SN becoming EW! Forget about hub and connectivity!

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Boavida » 19 May 2019, 16:08

When I arrived at BRU a few weeks ago I realised that the current terminal does no longer meet international standards. Especially the entire arrival hall (baggage reclaim area + public arrival area) is WAY too small:

- low ceiling gives it a dated and almost claustrophobic look
- I saw lost baggage being stored next to the luggage belts (near the offices of Swissport & Aviapartner). Apparently they don't have place to store these in sealed off areas. Never seen this at any other airport! It even smelled really bad. I saw bags with destination FIH, OSL, ORD,... You can just take any bag you want!
- there is no daylight anywhere
- the public area of the arrival hall is so cramped. Too many people for a way to small area. Also, not any daylight.
- when you exit the building, you're under an ugly concrete flyover/viaduct

Seriously, BRU.

Maybe this terminal design was OK in the 90's, it certainly isn't anymore in 2019, let lone in 2020 or 2040!

They should construct an entirely NEW departure/arrival terminal. A modern, airy design at this location:

Image

There is plenty of space here. Lots of old hangars are already demolished here, they just need to destroy the old Swissport building (is foreseen in a few years). They could build the new terminal while operations continue in the old one, so no problems there. The new terminal perfectly connects to the Connector, Pier A and Pier B. Also plenty of space to arrange a new departures/drop off curb in front of it.

When I see the "BRU 2040" project I have the impression they still want to use the current terminal. But I'm really convinced you can't modernise the current terminal to meet 21st century standards. You just can't. The only option is to build a new one. I hope they realise this and don't waste too much money at an old terminal which simply can't be transformed into a 'terminal of the future'.

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:lol:

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Post by Conti764 » 19 May 2019, 22:43

Boavida wrote:
19 May 2019, 16:08
When I arrived at BRU a few weeks ago I realised that the current terminal does no longer meet international standards. Especially the entire arrival hall (baggage reclaim area + public arrival area) is WAY too small:

- low ceiling gives it a dated and almost claustrophobic look
- I saw lost baggage being stored next to the luggage belts (near the offices of Swissport & Aviapartner). Apparently they don't have place to store these in sealed off areas. Never seen this at any other airport! It even smelled really bad. I saw bags with destination FIH, OSL, ORD,... You can just take any bag you want!
- there is no daylight anywhere
- the public area of the arrival hall is so cramped. Too many people for a way to small area. Also, not any daylight.
- when you exit the building, you're under an ugly concrete flyover/viaduct

Seriously, BRU.

Maybe this terminal design was OK in the 90's, it certainly isn't anymore in 2019, let lone in 2020 or 2040!

They should construct an entirely NEW departure/arrival terminal. A modern, airy design at this location:

Image

There is plenty of space here. Lots of old hangars are already demolished here, they just need to destroy the old Swissport building (is foreseen in a few years). They could build the new terminal while operations continue in the old one, so no problems there. The new terminal perfectly connects to the Connector, Pier A and Pier B. Also plenty of space to arrange a new departures/drop off curb in front of it.

When I see the "BRU 2040" project I have the impression they still want to use the current terminal. But I'm really convinced you can't modernise the current terminal to meet 21st century standards. You just can't. The only option is to build a new one. I hope they realise this and don't waste too much money at an old terminal which simply can't be transformed into a 'terminal of the future'.
The low ceilings in the arrival hall can't be dealt with due to the structure, however they might have an opportunity to have more natural daylight if they'd demolish the old, unused departure curb. Just retain crossing sections to the entrances and the exit and open up the rest, maybe even installing some trees and other green.

That 'new terminal' at the site you're pointing out to (Swissport) was once a serious option. However, I don't know what the plans are with that particular piece of airport. The old 80-ish Swissport building and the grey plated walls of the terminal are plain ugly. I hope they do realise a new terminal there, although the couldn't just abandon the old terminal due to capacity issues.

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by brusselsairlinesfan » 20 May 2019, 09:07

Conti764 wrote:
19 May 2019, 22:43
Boavida wrote:
19 May 2019, 16:08
When I arrived at BRU a few weeks ago I realised that the current terminal does no longer meet international standards. Especially the entire arrival hall (baggage reclaim area + public arrival area) is WAY too small:

- low ceiling gives it a dated and almost claustrophobic look
- I saw lost baggage being stored next to the luggage belts (near the offices of Swissport & Aviapartner). Apparently they don't have place to store these in sealed off areas. Never seen this at any other airport! It even smelled really bad. I saw bags with destination FIH, OSL, ORD,... You can just take any bag you want!
- there is no daylight anywhere
- the public area of the arrival hall is so cramped. Too many people for a way to small area. Also, not any daylight.
- when you exit the building, you're under an ugly concrete flyover/viaduct

Seriously, BRU.

Maybe this terminal design was OK in the 90's, it certainly isn't anymore in 2019, let lone in 2020 or 2040!

They should construct an entirely NEW departure/arrival terminal. A modern, airy design at this location:

Image

There is plenty of space here. Lots of old hangars are already demolished here, they just need to destroy the old Swissport building (is foreseen in a few years). They could build the new terminal while operations continue in the old one, so no problems there. The new terminal perfectly connects to the Connector, Pier A and Pier B. Also plenty of space to arrange a new departures/drop off curb in front of it.

When I see the "BRU 2040" project I have the impression they still want to use the current terminal. But I'm really convinced you can't modernise the current terminal to meet 21st century standards. You just can't. The only option is to build a new one. I hope they realise this and don't waste too much money at an old terminal which simply can't be transformed into a 'terminal of the future'.
The low ceilings in the arrival hall can't be dealt with due to the structure, however they might have an opportunity to have more natural daylight if they'd demolish the old, unused departure curb. Just retain crossing sections to the entrances and the exit and open up the rest, maybe even installing some trees and other green.

That 'new terminal' at the site you're pointing out to (Swissport) was once a serious option. However, I don't know what the plans are with that particular piece of airport. The old 80-ish Swissport building and the grey plated walls of the terminal are plain ugly. I hope they do realise a new terminal there, although the couldn't just abandon the old terminal due to capacity issues.
With Star Alliance and brussels airlines (or better said Eurowings) not going to invest into connectivity @ BRU, you can forget about any hub strategy. In this context, do you think that the BRU 2040 project still is on the paper ?

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Re: Brussels Airport (BRU) infrastructure: future

Post by Atlantis » 20 May 2019, 19:09

The BRU 2040 project is still on the table, of course. Nothing is changed. We don't know for sure that they will do with SN/EW on the European market, how much and what kind of product. We don't know about the long haul plans about Africa and NA or will there be even more long haul.

With this German client you don't know bcs they are not transparent.

But as an airport, as a Star Alliance hub, you can't wait for somebody. If you wait too long, you can miss the boat or train like we say.

So that's why, like in one of my other topics, why to not invest, flirt with other big alliances like OW. They have already a good presence here, but it can be even more. The place is there

So the development should go further, in phases, not everything in once. And on this way the BRU 2040 project is build on. First A-Pier West, then new terminal, then extra C-pier, etc. If the market will drastically chance, then you can drop one of the less big projects bcs you will have already the space in the former build ones.

F.e. the current B-concours you also can refurbish. By the end of 2020 it will have renewed air bridges, all of them, but you also can do the inside

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Post by TLspotting » 22 May 2019, 16:32

Taking off to faraway places soon and coming by train to Brussels Airport? Well… try to check-in while waiting for your train! We started with 2 kiosks in Antwerp-Central station 2 months ago, in collaboration with NMBS, and now you can also find 2 kiosks in Brussels-Midi station. Check-in, take the train, and if you travel with hand luggage only you can go straight to the security screening at the airport! 🚂✈️
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