Great news for plane spotters that love to catch their favourite aircraft at Brussels Airport. The airport just announced that the environmental permit for the spotters platforms in Steenokkerzeel (near the transit centre) and in Zaventem (Vliegbos) was granted.
Depending on weather conditions, the spotters platform will be completed by April 2018.
When designing the spotter places, account was not only taken of the wishes of the spotters; for Brussels Airport it was also important that sustainable materials should be used and that information about the airport in general would be given. Brussels Airport is also constructing a small parking at the start of runway 25L so that there are sufficient parking spaces for spotters in Steenokkerzeel.
A first spotter place will be created at runway 01/19, in the area where the Speelbos is also located. Brussels Airport will be building a raised platform there so that spotters can have an unobstructed view of the runway. There will also be information signs about the airport next to the platform. In addition, Brussels Airport will be installing new play equipment for families. Spotters can make use of the normal parking areas around the wood.
2. Melsbroek (Steenokkerzeel)
A second spotter place will be constructed in the vicinity of the transit centre Steenokkerzeel near runway 25L/07R.This runway is generally used for landings and the area around this runway is very popular with spotters. To increase traffic safety in the area and also the safety of the spotters, Brussels Airport will expand a prescribed platform and the parking near the transit centre with a section for the spotters. In order to provide the spotters an attractive spot with an unobstructed view of the aircraft landing and taking off, Brussels Airport will construct a raised platform here.
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