Brussel Airport

Brussels International Airport is Belgium’s largest air harbor, located 12 kilometers from the capital and annually serving more than 24 million passengers. Included in the ranking of 25 largest international airports in Europe.


In 1940, since the start of the German invasion of Belgium, German forces began to build an airfield capable of receiving and servicing military aircraft used to attack European cities and countries. The initial project provided for the creation of three runways, which allowed receiving and sending military aircraft without interruption, as well as regardless of current meteorological conditions.

After the end of World War II, it was decided to create a civilian air harbor at the existing airfield. In this connection, a new terminal building was built in 1948, the runways were increased in length, and the first civilian flights began to operate, moreover, the airport was actively used not only for transportation of goods and mail but also for transportation of passengers.

In 1956, the Belgian authorities decided to build a new runway on the territory of Brussels International Airport, which ensured the maximum efficiency of the operation of the air harbor.

Between the 60s and 90s, the Brussels International Airport was actively developing, in particular, the route network of the air harbor was significantly increased, the volume of served passengers exceeded the mark of 1 million people.

In 2005, Brussels International Airport was recognized as the best air harbor in Europe, while the volume of served passengers has already exceeded the mark of 16.1 million people.

In 2017, the airport served 24.7 million passengers, and by 2020 this figure is expected to increase to 30 million.


Brussels International Airport can accept civil aircraft of all types and classes, which is facilitated by the presence of three runways:

  • Asphalt runway with a length of 2987 meters;
  • Asphalt runway, 3211 meters long;
  • Asphalt runway, 3638 meters long. 

Among other things, there are helipads on the territory of the air harbor, which makes it possible to receive and maintain helicopters of all types and classes.

Brussels International Airport has a well-developed infrastructure, which is primarily due to the dynamic development of the air harbor and interest from investors. At the territory of Brussels International Airport, passengers can find:

  • Banks, ATMs, payment terminals, currency exchange points;
  • Cafes, restaurants, etc. catering places;
  • Retail stores;
  • Shopping centers;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Duty-free shops;
  • Conference hall;
  • VIP service room;
  • Pharmacies
  • Room of mother and child;
  • Place for packing and storage of luggage;
  • Car parking;
  • Public transport parking.
  • Ticket offices and representative offices of airlines.

Basic data

  • Airport Country: Belgium.
  • GMT time zone (summer / winter): + 2 / + 1.
  • Latitude is geographical 50.9, longitude is geographical 4.48.
  • The geographical location of the airport: 11 kilometers in the direction of the northeast of the city of Brussels.
  • Amount of airport terminals: 1.
  • IATA airport code: BRU.
  • ICAO airport code: EBBR.
Graduated from Embry-Riddle Aviation University with a master's degree in aviation science. He began his career as an aviation researcher in local periodicals. Has a pilot license. Now are the author and developer of the Plane Worlds.