With nearly 25.7 million passengers in 2018 Brussels Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe and the main airport in Belgium. Brussels Airport connects the capital of Europe to 248 destinations around the globe, served by 80 airlines.
Over the past few years, Brussels Airport has grown into a multimodal transport hub of which passengers, airlines, commercial partners and staff and the interaction between them are the cornerstones.
As economic powerhouse in the heart of Europe, Brussels Airport more than ever focuses on customer intimacy, service and accessibility. The National Bank of Belgium considers the airport industry as an essential industry that plays a key role in the Belgian economy.
With an annual 732,000 tonnes of cargo, Brucargo, the air cargo hub, plays an important role in international logistics and in the success of specific industries including the pharmaceutical industry.
Brussels Airport is the second most important economic growth pole in Belgium with a 1.8% share in the national GDP and an added value for Belgium of € 3.2 billion.
Commercial passenger flights and cargo activities at Brussels Airport together generate direct and indirect employment for 60,000 people.
Brussels Airport closely works together with regional public employment agencies including VDAB (Flanders), Actiris (Brussels) and Forem (Wallonia) to bring together employers at the airport and jobseekers, and promotes an improved accessibility of the airport by public transport to make sure that they arrive at work.
Making sure that thousands of jobs can be created at Brussels Airport in the coming years and continuing to connect Belgium to the rest of the world is our everyday challenge. In doing so we try to achieve the optimal balance between economic growth and the impact on the environment in a stable legal and regulatory framework.
Brussels Airport puts the environment at the centre of its strategy. Before any decision is made, the impact on the environment is assessed.
Moreover, noise nuisance was never lower in the past 10 years. This is due to the fact that modern airplanes make less noise and to the decrease in the number of flight movements.
According to a study by the KUL the number of potentially severely annoyed persons in the vicinity of the airport dropped by over 66% between 2000 and 2013.
Compared to 2000 the number of flights dropped by a sharp 27%%: from 326,050 flights in 2000 to 239,349 in 2015. This can largely be attributed to the fact that airlines use ever larger aircraft and to an improved passenger load factor. The average number of passengers per flights has increased by nearly 60%, from 71 persons per flight in 2000 to 113 in 2015.
Brussels Airport’s strategy? Placing the customer at the centre of everything we do. Whether they are passengers, companies, suppliers or partners: Brussels Airport wishes to provide the best possible service at all times.
- Brussels Airport is located on the territory of Zaventem, Machelen, Steenokkerzeel and Kortenberg.
- The airport has 3 runways: 07R/25L, 07L/25R and 01/19.
Brussels Airport has a runway system with 3 runways which together form the shape of a Z: the two parallel runways 07L/25R and 07R/25 L and the transverse runway 01/19.
Runway 07L/25R has a length of 3,638 metres, runway 07R/25L has a length of 3,211 metres and runway 01/19 is 2,984 metres long.
All of these runways can be used in either direction. One of the two complementary names is used depending on the direction of use.
The figures correspond to the angle formed between the magnetic north and the flight direction of the aircraft divided by 10. Letters are added if two or more runways are parallel to each other.
The letter ‘L’ means the runway to the left when you look in the direction of flight, ‘R’ indicates the runway to the right.
Why do aircraft at Brussels Airport usually land from the east and take off towards the west?
Landing and take-off preferably take place into the wind, although a deviation from this can be made in low winds. Because the wind at Brussels Airport mainly blows from the south west, the aircraft generally take off in a south-westerly direction and land from the east.
During the night and at the weekend, when there is less traffic, deviations are made from this general rule. With the intention of distributing disturbance by noise as much as possible, the federal government has imposed a specific preferential runway system, better known under the English abbreviation PRS.
Enjoy the comfort of our lounges
- Brussels Airport’s Diamond Lounges are accessible to all travellers
- Visit your airline’s lounge
Brussels Airport’s Diamond Lounges
Waiting for your flight at Brussels Airport’s Diamond Lounge is something to look forward to. You just sit back, relax and get ready for your flight. A quiet and peaceful environment with a large range of services. Ready for take-off?
What is it?
At Brussels Airport you’ll find an oasis of rest at pier A and pier B: food & beverages, working stations, magazines, free Wi-Fi and TVs.
Brussels Airport’s Diamond Lounges are accessible to all travellers at the price of € 39 on the spot, or € 34 when you reserve your Lounge Pass online. Get your Digital Lounge Pass here!
- Access for early birds and late arrivers
- Drinks: sodas, beer, wine and spirits
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet and snacks
- Newspapers & magazines
- Television sets
- Flight information displays
- Showers (only pier B)
- Printers & copiers (only pier B)
- Free Wi-Fi
- Working stations
How does it work?
Brussels Airport’s Diamond lounges are available for passengers of different airlines and partners of which the names are displayed at the entrance to the lounge.
Check with your airline if lounge access is included in your booking. If your ticket does not allow you free access, you can buy access regardless of your ticket class or the airline you fly with. Children under 12 get free entrance.
You can buy your lounge access at the lounge reception desk or through our Digital Lounge Pass Platform. You can also buy access for your co-travellers. Digital Lounge Passes are not linked to a specific date, name or gate area.
You can’t make it this time? No worries!
Your Digitial Lounge Pass is valid for a year from the moment you buy it. The pass can also be transferred to a friend.
Where to find our lounges?
- Pier A: Walk to gate A42. Opposite the gate, you will find the escalator towards the lounges. At the top of the escalator, turn right to the Diamond Lounge. The Diamond Lounge in pier A is open every day from 4.30 am to 9 pm.
- Pier B: Go to gates B01- B05. Opposite the gates, you will find the stairs and elevators which will bring you to the lounges. The Diamond Lounge is open every day from 5 am to 11 pm.
Meeting services at Brussels Airport
- Various meeting facilities for up to 600 participants
- Regus Skyport Meeting Centre and Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Hold your meetings at Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport is the perfect location for all your meetings, conferences and presentations for up to 600 participants.
We have several rooms and halls available in the Regus Skyport Meeting Centre and the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel. The can be booked separately or be set up prior to or on arrival of your flight. Both catering and facilities in these rooms can be entirely tailored to your needs.
Regus Brussels Airport Terminal Meeting Centre
Since more than twenty years, Regus Brussels Airport Terminal Meeting Centre continues to be a landmark for all your national and international meetings. They have at your disposal 10 meeting rooms, up to 70 participants, equipped with state-of-the-art technology for your tailormade meeting.
To guarantee a successful event, the following extras are available:
- a professional team with extensive MICE experience
- technical support (Wi-Fi, international phone connections, etc.)
- shower on site, to freshen up before/after your flight
- comfortable work places, allowing you to work in a professional setting, e.g. while awaiting your flight
- screen with real time flight schedules
Furthermore, you are also more than welcome to use their Day Offices, Co-working area and Business Lounge, all fully renovated and adapted to the needs of the contemporary business traveller.
Located in the public area of Brussels Airport, you don’t even have to leave the terminal to find them: Regus Brussels Airport Terminal Meeting Centre is located on the fourth floor, above the departure hall (+1) and arrival hall (+2), easily accessible by both escalator and elevator.
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
The Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel is the only 5-star hotel located on the airport, only 39 steps away from the terminal. This luxury hotel has a restaurant and 294 superbly appointed guest rooms and a professional conference centre, offering 22 fully equipped meeting rooms.
Opening hours: The Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel is op 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Strategic Vision 2040
- Plenty of growth opportunities ahead.
- Jobs expected to double by 2040.
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Brussels Airport has a clear sense of direction: to become a fully-connected economic centre that houses the finest airport in Europe. To make this happen, we drew up a long-term plan called the ‘2040 Strategic Vision’. We are carefully monitoring our progress towards 2040 by means of interim deadlines with challenging, yet achievable objectives.
Our airport is an important growth engine for the Belgian economy. An increasing demand for transport will present immense opportunities in the coming decades. It is crucial for the prosperity of our country that we fully exploit such growth opportunities. It is estimated that the number of airport-related jobs will double to 120,000 by 2040.
The further development of Brussels Airport will lead to a greater number of destinations for passengers and increased import and export opportunities for companies. Belgium will consequently obtain the resources that it needs to continue playing a leading international role at the economic, diplomatic and cultural level.
Our vision for the future is primarily aimed at the economic development of Brussels Airport, with respect for the environment and the people living in the vicinity of the airport. We accomplish this by conducting an open and structural dialogue with all stakeholders involved in the development of the airport. This balanced approach forms the very foundation of the 2040 Strategic Vision.
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Brussels Airport signs up to the Toulouse Declaration, reinforcing its ambitions to reach net zero carbon at the latest in 2050
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