Brussels Airport (BRU)

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New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Note: There is significant and proven market potential for these services. Please contact the Brussels Airport Aviation Marketing team for more information.

Other Major reasons to serve this airport

  • Brussels is the Capital of Europe; it is both politically and economically at the Heart of the European Union. Brussels is where decisions are made.
  • In 2011 Brussels Airport welcomed almost 19 million passengers, signifying a growth of more than 10%. 88 airlines operate from the 3 non-congested runways, generating more than 220,000 movements per year.
  • More than 750,000 tonnes of flown and trucked cargo pass through Brussels Airport annually, making it the 6th largest cargo airport in Europe, (excluding the 3 integrator hubs).
  • The Brussels Airport network is growing rapidly: in 2011, 12 new routes were added to our map, operated by existing and five new carriers, including Air Arabia, Belle Air, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways International. It is all about bringing the world closer to the Heart of Europe: new destinations include Bamako, Bangkok, Bordeaux, Doha, Liverpool, Nantes, Pristina, Santo Domingo and Tirana. Other routes are being reinforced by additional frequencies & capacity.
  • With almost 20 million people living within one and a half hour’s drive, the airport has a wide catchment area including Belgium, the south of the Netherlands and the north-eastern part of France. Five out of six passengers are O&D, highlighting the strength of the Brussels Airport catchment.

Marketing and other support

BRU will support any new scheduled route or additional scheduled frequency with an attractive incentive scheme to support start-ups. Based on the individual merits of the proposed route and route growth, Brussels Airport may look to offer additional backing. On top of this, hosts Brussels Airport other marketing initiatives such as the timetable, website bannering etc… to strengthen the promotion of the route.

For more information about our Route Development work, as well as joint marketing opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact the Brussels Airport Aviation Marketing team!

Brussels Airport catchment area map

Catchment Area

  • With almost 20 million people living within one and a half hour’s drive, the airport has a wide catchment area including all of Belgium, but also incorporating the south part of the Netherlands and the north-eastern part of France. Five out of six passengers are O&D, highlighting the strength of the Brussels Airport catchment.
  • Passengers using Brussels Airport have a very broad profile, underpinned by high-yield business travel from political institutions such as the EU and NATO, and major multinationals based in and around the city and the wider catchment. The densely populated catchment, and in particular the large expatriate communities, also provide a significant leisure and VFR market.
  • Over 1.5 million inhabitants of foreign origin live in Belgium embodying an incredible mix of languages and cultures. In addition, almost 300,000 Belgians live abroad. These people highly value a reliable connection with their home base.

Brussels combines its role as the capital of Belgium, enhancing a headcount of 11 million inhabitants with the capital of Europe. Thanks to its central location in Western Europe is the catchment about 20 million passengers.

Brussels Airport catchments area is quite larger than Belgium. Some nine million people live across the border from which 4.1 million in the North of France and 4 million in the South of the Netherlands.

Population drive times:

  • 60 minutes catchment: 4.5 million
  • 90 minute catchment: 10 million
  • 120 minutes catchment: > 25 millions


  • Brussels Airport is conveniently located 15 kilometres or 20 minutes from Brussels city centre. The heart of political decision making in Europe, the EU Quarter, is located between the airport and the city centre.
  • A dense motorway network surrounds Brussels, and Brussels Airport is located right on the Ring road around Brussels, with easy connections to the main motorways crossing Belgium: E19 Amsterdam – Paris; E40 London – Cologne; E411 Brussels – Luxembourg. Ample car parking facilities are available, a short walk from the terminal building.
  • The dedicated railway station underneath the Brussels Airport terminal was refurbished and expanded during 2011. Frequent direct trains connect the airport with Brussels city centre, as well as all the main regional cities in Belgium.
  • In addition, Brussels Airport is served by a dense network of high frequency local, regional and buses. Taxis are available to bring passengers to and from their destination.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways: 07L/25R: 3,638 m, 07R/25L: 3,211 m, 02/20: 2,984 m.
  • Runway capacity: 74 movements per hour, 48 take off and 52 landings.
  • Stands: 110 of which 54 contact stands.
  • Fully Slot Coordinated.
  • Operating hours: 24/7.
  • One terminal, two concourses.
  • Minimum Connecting Time: 50 min.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • The recently unveiled Brussels Airport Master Plan includes several large infrastructure projects, which will provide additional capacity for handling of both long-haul and short-haul flights.
  • Brussels Airport is investing to further optimise the passenger processes, centralising passenger security screening, as well as creating simplified passenger flows, resulting in a more attractive airport for airlines and passengers alike.

Vital statistics

  • Total passengers 2011: 18.8 million international passengers.
  • About 16% of passengers made a connection at Brussels Airport in 2011.
  • Travel purpose of passengers:
    • Business: 32%
    • Leisure: 47%
    • VFR: 20%
  • Freight: 478,000 tonnes of freight was flown through Brussels Airport in 2011.
  • Largest carriers: Brussels Airlines, JetairFly, Thomas Cook Airlines, easyJet, Jet Airways.


Brussels Airport Charges

For details about airport charges and incentives, please contact the Brussels Airport Aviation Marketing team.