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Old February 9th, 2008, 06:42 AM   #1
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BE | Belgium - Airports and Aviation

Brussels Airport announces plans to build low-cost terminal to attract more passengers
8 February 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Belgium's largest airport announced plans Friday to build a low-cost terminal it hopes will attract 4 million new passengers and compete with nearby airports offering cheaper holiday and weekend-trip flights.

Officials at Brussels Airport said they would undertake a spartan refit of an existing terminal building and add on to it. The new gateway dedicated to budget travel will not have the normal comforts like lounges or covered walkways to airplanes, which add to ticket prices.

The terminal is to be ready by April 2009 and is expected to cost €20 million (US$29 million), media reported.

Wilfried Van Assche, CEO of Brussels Airport, said the aim of the plan was to ensure the airport could "occupy a top-rank position in Europe in the low-cost market."

The terminal is meant to shave around €6, or US$8.75, off airport levies charged to passengers and to ensure a faster turnaround of 30 minutes between landings and takeoffs.

The announcement comes just weeks after Brussels' main competitor, Charleroi airport, opened its new budget terminal.

Brussels Airport, which is located between the large airports of Schiphol Amsterdam and Paris' Charles de Gaulle, is trying to position itself as an alternative flight gateway, offering more choice to travelers. It said last month that more than 17.8 million passengers used the airport last year, a 7 percent increase from 2006. Of that number only 600,000 were passengers that used budget airlines.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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The Brussels Airports

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Old May 10th, 2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the pictures.

I have used both BRU and CRL in the past, BRU is an excellent airport but is it still operating extremely under capacity after the loss of Sabina?

CRL looks allot different from the pictures to what I remember it being like, has CRL been developed in recent years?
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Old May 10th, 2008, 03:28 PM   #4
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BRU is indeed still underused, but it's getting better because this 'free space' attracts new airlines. Jet Airways for example has chosen BRU as its European hub with daily flights to India & North America, in close co-operation with Brussels Airlines (the successor of Sabena). Brussels Airlines is the result of the merger of SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express.



CRL has now a complete new terminal/airport. The old one is completely shut down.

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Thanks for the update. I flew with SNBA over a year ago, GLA-BRU-GLA.

Looking at the pictures, it was the old terminal I flew to/from at CRL. The new terminal looks nice, do you have any pictures of the inside and maybe an ariel view of CRL?
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Is Brussels South Charleroi Airport the one used by the low-cost airlines such as Ryanair? If so, I heard that it is some way from Brussels itself.

Is the tie-up between Air France and KLM drawing traffic away from Brussels (International) Airport (BRU)?
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Brussels South Charleroi Airport is used by Ryanair yes.
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Brussels South Charleroi Airport is used by Ryanair yes.
So it is the one that is nearer to the Franch border than it is to Brussels.

It will be interesting to see if the High Speed Raillink will help to boost traffic at Brussels International airport.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #9
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Charleroi airport is at approx. 40 kilometers from Brussels.
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I flew into CRL a few years ago with Ryanair and I think it was about 50minutes from the airport to the centre of Brussels.

I think Easyjet fly to Brussels National Airport (BRU), the main Brussels Airport.
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I flew into CRL a few years ago with Ryanair and I think it was about 50minutes from the airport to the centre of Brussels.

I think Easyjet fly to Brussels National Airport (BRU), the main Brussels Airport.
Thanks for the info.

I would like to see Brussels International take off as a major hub. I think the rail link would be a help in addition to Brussels growing importance as the institutional centre of Europe. What might help is if one of the larger EU, or even perhaps American, airlines adopted it as a new main hub.
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Did they renovate Charleroi? It looks so much better than when I used it in 2004!







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Old May 11th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #13
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They didn't renovate the old building, they built a new terminal on other side of the runway.

Ariel view: http://www.airliners.net/photo/-/-/0863158/L/ (taken in 2005, the new terminal is now at the back of the runway (not yet on this picture))

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Major incident today @ BRU.

An American cargo Boeing 747 crashed at takeoff...







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Looks like that 747 has flown its last flight.
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Finally in Belgium! The first Starbucks @ BRU

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We'll post news in this thread about our airports in Belgium. These are the important airports in our country:


BRU - Zaventem - Brussels Airport

CRL - Charleroi - Brussels South Charleroi Airport

LGG- Bierset - Liège Airport

OST - Ostend - Ostend/Bruges International Airport

ANR - Antwerp - Antwerp (Brussels-North) Airport

KJK - Kortrijk - International Airport Kortrijk-Wevelgem



Statistics for these Belgian airports in 2010:

Passengers

Antwerp : 162.840
Bierset : 299.043
Charleroi : 5.195.372
Kortrijk : 65.897
Ostend : 213.638
Zaventem : ??? (not known yet, in 2009 almost 17 million)

Freight(in tonnes)

Antwerp : -
Bierset : 639.434
Charleroi : -
Kortrijk : -
Ostend : 64.042
Zaventem : ??? (not known yet, in 2009 almost 450.000 tonnes)

Movements

Antwerp : 67.815
Bierset : 48.674
Charleroi : 95.594
Kortrijk : 32.020
Ostend : 87.181
Zaventem : 225.684
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