06/05/2013 : Antwerp : start of tunnel under runway
A beakthrough at last.
Minister Hilde Crevits will visit Antwerp Airport on
Monday May 6th, 2013 to announce the start of the
building of the tunnel underneath the runway.
The airport community has been waiting for ages for
this event to happen... The tunnel is needed in
order to comply with international safety standards
and means that the runway can be used over its full
length. does creating a more safe environment.
Good nws at last.
Charters from Antwerp Airport to Jersey
The Aviation Factory
and tour-operator Beautiful Britain offer
charterflights to Jersey. Six flights are planned
between early May and August. These flights will be
flown with a Fokker 50. More info on the website
Exploitation of Antwerp airport secured for 3 years
As we mentioned before on
these pages, the exploitation permit of Antwerp
airport was to expire this month if the government
had not installed a safety zone by that time.
The Flemish government has now announced that the
current permit is extended for another three years
as they clearly stated that a tunnel underneath
the runway will be constructed over the next two
The start of this project is now in a final phase
(at last) and a construction company will be
appointed soon. The work itself will take two years
Furthermore in the next weeks works will start on
the new General Aviation terminal and the building
of additional space to house a second luggage
Spa airfield also under treath
The government of
Wallonia is thinking about not renewing the
exploitation permit of Spa airfield.
Our contacts at Spa have asked to distribute their
petition amongst our members. You'll find it at:
Liernu ulmodrome under threath
existence of Liernu ulmodrome is in danger. There
are plans to build up to 40 windmills up and around
this airfield. This airfield, situated near Eghezee,
along the Brussels Ė Namur motorway exists for
several years and is the home of an important number
of ULMís and DPMís.
You can support his airfield by signing the online
petition - please look at
Press Conference Vizion Air
new Belgian airline Vizion Air held its press
conference at Antwerp Airport.
Vizion Air is a product of The Aviation Factory.
Vizion Air has a Fokker 50 available at all times
and can use the aircraft of the Aviation Factory
when needed. They will also offer special flights to
sports and cultural events.
Brussels airport decrease of passengers compensated
In November Brussels Airport welcomed 1,351,000
passengers, down 1.9% on the corresponding period
last year. This decrease is largely due to a general
decline in the economy. Contrary to the overall
slightly downward trend we notice a steady general
increase of intercontinental traffic, in particular
on the routes operated by Brussels Airlines and
other Star Alliance carriers. Low fare equally
continues to grow strongly.
In November, Brussels Airport registered 19,000
flights, a decrease by 4.6% on pcp. Again we notice
that the number of flights is growing at a slower
pace or decreasing more rapidly than the number of
passengers. The increasing average number of
passenger per flight is explained by an improved
load factor and the use of larger aircraft.
With 34,608 tonnes carried, cargo traffic was down
17% on the corresponding month last year. For the
first time this year, Brussels Airport records a
decrease in all cargo segments (full freighter,
belly cargo and integrator traffic). These figures
are entirely in line with the negative trend in
cargo traffic elsewhere in Europe.
On 3 December, Air Europe started a two daily
service to Madrid. Demavia / Fly Congo launched a
direct full-freighter service to Luanda and
On top of earlier announcements, Vueling is to open
routes to Alicante and Malaga in addition to its
flights to Barcelona and Valencia. Thomas Cook
Airlines opens four new routes: Bastia, Biarritz,
Nice and Reykjavik. Brussels Airlines is to resume
its service to Palermo and Aegean Airlines is adding
a service to Rhodes to its current flight offer to
Athens, Iraklion and Corfu. (BIAC press release)
Aviapartner in Business class with LiŤge Airport
consideration of the tenders received, the Board of
Directors of Liege Airport decided on 6th December
2012 to award the Business Aviation service
concession to Aviapartner. The service contract
relates to the assistance and support of business
aviation for the next 3 years.
(LiŤge Airport Press Release)
To the French Riviera from LiŤge
The snow has its
charm, but reminds us how much we need the sun. And
summer holidays are planned in the winter. So Liege
Airport and Thomas Cook Airlines invite you to the
From June onwards, it will be possible to fly to
Nice from Liege in 1 hour 30 minutes. This new
destination will attract the large numbers of people
in the Liege area who love the south of France.
"We didnít have any destinations in France,"
comments Luc Partoune, the Managing Director of
Liege Airport. "However, our study of airline
routes shows that there is a strong demand for Nice
and the Riviera."
In real terms, from 1st June 2013 until 28th
September 2013, a Thomas Cook plane will make the
return flight from Liege to Nice every Saturday.
ULM OO-G75 crashed today
at Stabroek. Pilot was wounded, but conscious and
has been taken to hospital. The female pilot was
starting on her first solo-flight when things went
wrong and the aircraft crashed.