SAF incentive


  • Total available budget: €1.945.000;
  • The incentive is made available to all airlines operating at Brussels-National Airport, hereafter ’Brussels Airport’ or ‘BRU’ (pax, cargo and genav);
  • The incentive amounts to a maximum of €200.000 per airline.

Conditions (cumulative)

  • Only the purchase of "qualitative" sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is eligible. Qualitative SAF comes from sustainable sources and is certified in accordance with the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII Annex IX, Part A or B) = only residues or biomass that do not compete with food production.
  • Only (blended) SAF with a minimum blend percentage of 25% is eligible.
  • The purchased SAF must be linked to a flight from BRU (effectively refuelled at BRU or linked to BRU via Book&Claim) during the period from 1 Januari 2024 to 31 December 2024.
  • Only applicable to flights departing from BRU.

Allocation method

  • The allocation of the SAF-incentive is coordinated by Brussels Airport Company (hereafter ‘BAC’) through the principles and conditions as approved by the government.
  • A grant amount of up to €486.250 is available per quarter (= total grant spread over 4 quarters):
    • Quarter 1: €486.250
    • Quarter 2: €486.250
    • Quarter 3: €486.250
    • Quarter 4: €486.250
  • The incentive will be up to 80% of the additional cost of blended SAF (to be demonstrated by the airline based on purchase invoices of both SAF and Jet-A1), with a maximum of €1.000 per tonne of SAF refuelled (biofuel or e-fuel (synthetic paraffin)).
  • In month M-1, before the start of each quarter, airlines shall notify BAC of their interest to avail of the SAF incentive for the purchase and uptake of SAF at BRU.
  • With this first notification, the airlines must provide a first realistic estimate of the expected amount of SAF that will be refuelled during that quarter, as well as an estimate of the cost of the SAF and the cost of Jet-A1 during that same quarter (on the basis of which BAC can make a first estimate of the additional cost of the SAF).
  • Based on this input, BAC assesses the total forecast SAF off-take (and associated incremental cost) as committed by the airlines.
  • If this forecast does not exceed the quarterly budget (less than €486,250), BAC reserves these amounts per airline.
  • In case this forecast exceeds the available budget, BAC reserves the budget pro rata per airline.
  • At the end of each quarter, and no later than M+1, airlines must submit all relevant evidence to BAC:
    • actual quantities of SAF refuelled based on purchase invoices;
    • purchase invoices Jet-A1 during the same quarter.
    • Sustainability certificate of the feedstock of the SAF: REDII compliant (annex 9a & 9b);
    • A declaration on honour that no cumulation occurs (e.g. through airline SAF programmes where the passenger can voluntarily offset CO2 emissions through the purchase of SAF);
    • Any other information deemed relevant to substantiate that the conditions of this SAF incentive have been met;
  • Based on the documents provided, BAC will calculate the incentive:
    • per tonne of SAF refuelled, the subsidy will be up to 80% of the incremental additional cost (to be demonstrated by the airline based on purchase invoices),
    • subject to a cap of €1.000 per tonne of SAF (biofuel or e-fuel (synthetic paraffin)refuelled).
  • The actual disbursement of the SAF-incentive will be based on the pro-rata uptake of the SAF with a cap of the 'reserved' amount. If an airline has not consumed the predicted volume, its subsidy will be reduced from the theoretical allocation;
  • Generally, a maximum subsidy of €200.000 per airline applies.
  • After payment of the SAF incentive to the relevant airlines, a report will be prepared by BAC listing which airlines have utilised the SAF-incentive, the volumes of SAF purchased by them, and the SAF incentive amount paid to them.

All communications related to this incentive should be made via the following e-mail address: