A 2:59 minute introduction into the world of Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport: Belgium's economic power house
With nearly 22 million passengers in 2016 Brussels Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe and the main airport in Belgium. Brussels Airport connects the capital of Europe to 238 destinations around the globe, served by 78 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 495,000 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.