Brussels Charleroi (Brussels South Charleroi Airport)

Brussels International Airport Charleroi is one of the largest air harbors in Belgium, with an annual passenger service of 7 million 698 thousand passengers (according to data for 2017).

The air harbor is located approximately 46 kilometers from the capital of Belgium, on the outskirts of Charleroi, which is why the airport has a double name.


The outskirts of the Belgian city of Charleroi began to be used as a flight field in 1919, while a local flight school was located here, and in the years 20-30, aircraft production was actively developing in this area.

During the Second World War, the airfield on the outskirts of Charleroi was practically not used, since this local was not interested in either the allied forces or the German army.

In the 50s of the last century, a factory for the production of small aircraft was built on the territory of the airfield of Charleroi, however, due to the fact that the manufacturer could not compete with larger aircraft manufacturers, in the 60-70s, on the territory of the airport building appeared on the harbor, which prompted to serve the first regular flights.

Nevertheless, in the 70s of the last century, the airport was practically not used for passenger transportation, and the greatest interest was given to this air harbor by owners of private aircraft, as well as for transportation of small cargoes and mail.

In mid-1991, the infrastructure of the Brussels Charleroi Airport was thoroughly improved and adapted to receive and service passenger flights, as a result of which the air harbor was given international status.

In 2001, Brussels International Airport Charleroi served more than 800 thousand passengers, which is why, in 2008, an expanded terminal was put into operation, allowing to receive 3.5 million passengers a year, however, due to the fact that the passenger flow of the air harbor was actively growing, already in 2017, a second terminal was commissioned, which allowed the Brussels International Airport of Charleroi to serve up to 10 million passengers annually.

Brussels Charleroi International Airport has one asphalt-paved runway 2,550 meters long, which allows the air harbor to receive 2-4 class aircraft.

There are several helipads on the territory of the air harbor, which allows you to receive any type of helicopter.

In the near future, an extension of the length of the asphalt runway to 3200 meters is expected, which will allow receiving and servicing long-haul flights and large aircraft.


The Brussels Charleroi International Airport has a well-developed infrastructure, which is primarily due to the fact that the air harbor is busy servicing primarily international flights. At the airport there are:

  • Banks, ATMs, payment terminals and currency exchange points;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Retail and duty-free shops;
  • Cafes and eateries;
  • Restaurants
  • Luggage storage
  • Ticket offices and representative offices of airlines;
  • Shopping centers;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Room of mother and child;
  • Car parking (3076 places);
  • Public transport and taxi parking;
  • Railroad station.

Basic data

  • Airport Country: Belgium.
  • Charleroi International Airport, which is used by low-cost airline companies to service Brussels.
  • GMT time zone (summer / winter): + 2 / + 1.
  • Latitude geographic 50.46, longitude geographic 4.45.
  • The geographical location of the airport: 46 kilometers south of the city of Brussels.
  • IATA airport code: CRL.
  • ICAO airport code: EBCI.
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.