Connecting flights

  • Connecting smoothly
  • Baggage and boarding pass
  • Tips

Brussels Airport is an easy airport for connecting flights. There is only one terminal with three distinct zones:

  • Gates A for Schengen flights
  • Gates B for non-Schengen flights
  • Gates T for flights to Africa with Brussels Airlines

When connecting at Brussels Airport follow the red Connections sign to your departure gate.

Connecting in 3 easy steps:

1. Documents

As a connecting passenger, there are several documents to think about.Ask your airline or during check-in if you have all the necessary documents for your onward journey. Your connecting flight may be operated by a different airline.

2. Local time

Upon arrival in Brussels, check the local time and, if necessary, set your watch to the correct time zone.

3. Look for your flight

You can find your flight on the flight information screens. The following details are shown:

  • Flights are listed by scheduled departure time and destination. Some flights operate under more than one flight number. In that case, the flight numbers are displayed in rotation on the screens.
  • The time at which the gate number will appear on the information screens.
  • Departure zone is displayed as soon as your gate number appears.
  • The walking time to your gate. Be aware that the estimated walking time on flight information screens does not take into account waiting times at security screening or border control. So allow extra time to go through security screening and border control.


This depends on your airline. It may be that you need to pick up your baggage.

Your baggage is usually checked through to your final destination. You do not need to collect it at the Brussels Airport reclaim hall.

  • Check the baggage label that you receive upon check-in. Is it showing your final destination? Then you can be certain that your baggage will go through to your final destination.
  • Want to be sure? Ask your airline or the check-in agents before travelling.

Boarding pass

Usually, you will receive your boarding passes, including those for your connecting flight, upon check-in.

Check with your airline or on check-in of your first flight, that you have all necessary boarding passes and possible transit documents.  You can also check with the staff at the boarding gate.

Organised your own flight connection?

If you booked your flights separately to create your own flight connection, you will have to pick up your baggage at Brussels Airport.

  • Follow the signage Baggage Reclaim and Exit Brussels.
  • Collect your baggage and leave the baggage reclaim hall via customs.
  • Head to the departures hall
  • Check in for your connecting flight and get your onward boarding pass before continuing your journey.

Check the flight information screens regularly to ensure that you have up-to-date information. Or view the flight info on our website or download the Brussels Airport Mobile App. 


  • Allow extra time if you need to go through border control or security screening
  • Use the roadmaps at various locations to see what you need to do before arriving at your departure gate. They look like this:

  • Want to enjoy some time in the airport lounges? If you have a sufficient amount of time and you do not have a ticket that gives you access to the airline lounge, you can always purchase a lounge pass. This can be done in advance via our website or at the lounge itself. 

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