easycharter’s airport of the month for May 2021 is Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU, ICAO: EBBR)!
Facts and History
Brussels Airport (50°54′5″N, 4°29′4″E) is an international airport located 12 km northeast the capital of Belgium, Brussels. Its designated field elevation is 56 m above mean sea level. Brussels Airport is located in the municipality of Zaventem in the Province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
Historically, BRU started as an airship hangar built by German troops in WWI. During the German occupation in WW2, the German army constructed BRU as a military airfield. Three years after the end of the war, in 1948, Brussels Airport was developed to serve civilian passengers. Over the next 100 years, it evolved into one of the busiest international airports in Europe.
In 2019, BRU handled 26’360’003 passengers and 500’702 tons of cargo. In that year, it registered 234’460 aircraft movements, making it one of the busiest European hubs. The bustling airport operates regular scheduled and charter flights to more than 238 destinations, internationally.
Brussels airport serves as a hub for Brussels Airlines, TUI fly Belgium, and Singapore Airlines Cargo.
Brussels Airport Infrastructure
BRU has a single terminal divided into multiple levels for public transport, arrivals, and runways. The railway station is located on level (-1). Buses and taxis arrive at level zero. Arrivals are located on level (2). Departures, on the other hand, are located on level (3). The airport’s two piers A and B are connected to levels (2) and (3). Pier B serves flights outside the Schengen Area. Pier A, open since May 2002, supports flights from and to Schengen countries. Since October 2008, Pier A also supports flights to African destinations. BRU’s Pier A also serves BRU’s daily flight to New York. Numerous dining and shopping concepts are located on the airport’s premises.
Three asphalt runways serve Brussels Airport: 01/19 (2’987 m), 07R/25L (3,211 m), and 07L/25R (3,638 m).
Ground Transportation at Brussels Airport
People can access BRU by car via the A201 motorway, directly connected to the Brussels Ring Road. A total of 10’600 parking spaces are available at the airport. A self-service gas station also exists near the exit of the airport complex. Taxis are available at all times in front of the arrivals hall. Car rental services are also located at the airport. In addition, BRU has a separate road that provides access to the airports for bikers and pedestrians.
De Lijn provides bus transportation to the heart of Brussels. Buses also provide quick and easy travel to countries close by.
The Airport Railway Station is located at level (-1), providing connections to several Flemish cities. The Airport Railway Station operates up to six trains an hour to and from Brussels. Train transportation is also available to neighboring countries like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
To alleviate congestion in the “traffic-jam capital of Europe”, De Lijn is adding tramlines linking the city to BRU.