Antwerp International Airport is located in the north of Belgium, approximately 5 kilometers from the city of the same name. This air harbor, despite being assigned the status of an international airport, serves a small number of flights, mainly local (about 55% of the total), due to the geographical location, as well as short runways.
The official opening of Antwerp Airport took place in 1923, however, the air harbor was intended mainly for receiving and servicing military aircraft, as well as for training future pilots in aircraft control skills.
Beginning in 1928, the first scheduled flights on local lines began to be operated from Antwerp Airport, and since 1929, air service was opened on the Antwerp – Hamburg international route.
With the onset of World War II, the Antwerp airport passed under the command of the German Air Force, while the German military command actively used this air harbor to operate its combat aircraft, including airstrikes in the UK.
Since 1946, Antwerp Airport began to function again, and in a few years, the route network of this air harbor was significantly expanded, which significantly increased the volume of passengers served.
In the mid-60s of the last century, an attempt was made to assign the status of an international air harbor to the Antwerp airport, however, due to the fact that the airport could not accept large jet passenger airliners, this decision was delayed for a rather long period.
Since the late 90s of the last century, Antwerp International Airport began to actively serve business flights, which was primarily due to the ability to receive small jet aircraft, low cost of service, etc.
Antwerp International Airport has at its disposal two runways:
- Ground, with a length of 1010 meters;
- Asphalt, with a length of 1510 meters.
Due to the short length of the runways of Antwerp Airport, the air harbor cannot accept large aircraft, and therefore, the passenger traffic volume of this air harbor is extremely small – in 2015 this figure was a little more than 221 thousand passengers.
The airport has helipads, which allows receiving and servicing all helicopters without exception.
Despite the fact that the airport of Antwerp is served by a relatively small number of passengers, the infrastructure of this air harbor is well developed, in particular, on the territory of the airport are:
- Banks, ATMs and payment terminals;
- Cafes, bars, and restaurants;
- VIP room;
- Post offices
- Places of temporary storage of luggage;
- The shops;
- Parking areas for cars;
- Taxi parking and public transport;
- Car rental
There is no hotel on the territory of Antwerp International Airport, however, due to the fact that the air harbor is located 5 kilometers from the city, there are no problems with choosing a place of temporary stay.
Due to the fact that Antwerp International Airport has short runways, the air harbor cannot significantly expand its route network, however. Belgian authorities do not exclude the possibility that if investors are willing to invest in expanding and reconstructing the airport, in the future, the runways can be further extended to 2500 meters.
- Airport Country: Belgium.
- The small international airport of Antwerp.
- GMT time zone (summer / winter): + 2 / + 1.
- Latitude geographic 51.19, longitude geographic 4.46.
- The geographical location of the airport: 2 kilometers in the direction of the southeast of the city of Antwerp.
- The number of airport terminals: 1.
- IATA airport code: ANR.
- ICAO airport code: EBAW.