Expected rush

During holidays, it can get very busy at the airport. To keep the passengers fully informed, Brussels Airport is publishing a “barometer” to indicate just how busy.


Tips for a smooth departure

  1. Arrive at the airport well ahead of your scheduled departure time
    Brussels Airport recommends passengers to arrive at the airport two hours before their scheduled departure time.
  2. Brussels Airport is easily accessible with public transport
    On busy departure days, a lot of traffic is expected on the approach roads to the airport. Public transport can prove a good alternative. The train and bus station is located respectively two and three storeys below the departures hall. There are up to 6 trains an hour to and from the centre of Brussels.

    > To the airport by train
    > To the airport by bus

  3. Dropping someone off or picking someone up by car
    If you are quickly dropping someone off by car you can use the free "Drop-off" which is located at a 5-minute walk from the terminal. On the access road simply follow the signage Drop-off.

    If you need more time to say goodbye or if you come to pick someone up, you can use car parks P1, P2 and P3.

    If you come from Antwerp, you can also use the free remote passenger Kiss & Drive area at Brucargo. To get there take exit 12 Cargo on the E19 and follow the signage to Brucargo and the drop-off area.
    From there any De Lijn bus (during the day) or shuttle bus (at night) will take the passengers in ten minutes free of charge to the passenger terminal.

    > More information is available here.
  4. Making your way to the airport by car? Leave on time and reserve your parking space
    Are you planning to drive to the airport? Then leave in plenty of time and avoid the stress and nuisance of getting stuck in traffic.

    > Consider reserving your parking space.
  5. Check in online
    Online check-in saves a lot of time and is possible from 24 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight or as indicated by the airline. In this case, baggage can be handed in at your airline's 'Baggage drop-off' desk.
  6. Bring your identity card or passport
    Remember to take your identity card or passport with you. Children under the age of 12 need a children's ID or passport in order to be allowed to travel by plane. Passengers who are over 12 years old and have an electronic EU passport can make use of the automated border control gates if they travel to a destination outside the Schengen area.
  7. Prepare your hand luggage for the security control
    Do not carry any sharp or pointed items in your hand luggage and put liquids in your hold luggage. 

    You really need to take liquids or gels in your hand baggage? Make sure you comply with the legal guidelines: pack them in containers with a capacity of maximum 100 ml  and put them together in a transparent resealable plastic bag with a maximum 1 litre capacity. Exception: baby food and liquid medicines accompanied by a doctor's certificate.

    > More information

    Laptops and tablets should be presented separately for screening. Coins, keys, wallets, mobile phones, watches and belts should be placed in a separate tray.


From your home to the gate in 4 easy steps

For your convenience, Brussels Airport has compiled this handy brochure which will help you from your home to the gate in 4 easy steps.

The brochure contains useful information, tips and tricks to help you prepare for your trip.

> Click here to download the brochure




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