New owner for Namur airfield
The airfield of Namur/Temploux which was created by the American Army in 1944
and has been a civil airfield ever since 1947, was privatised in 1983 when
bought by the Bertrand family.
They recently sold the company that exploits the airfield to Olivier de
Spoelbergh (who also owns part of the INBEV group).
Brussels South Airport keeps growing
the first six months of 2017, Charleroi/Brussels South Airport handled almost
3.6 milj. passengers. That is a 3% rise compared to last year when the airport
was very busy after the closure of Brussels Airport due to the terrorist attack.
The number of passengers
traveling via Brussels South grew thanks to two new airlines (Air Corsica and
Belavia) and an additional TUIFly aircraft based at the airport.
Record number of passengers at Brussels Airport
the first six months of 2017 Brussels Airport handled 11.5 milj. passengers.
This is a new record !
This result is 6,3 % higher than during the first part of 2015. Last year’s
numbers are not used due to the terrorist attacks from March 2016. The number of
transfert passengers rose with 18,8 %.
During June 2017 2,22 milj. passengers used Brussels airport. This also is a new
Emirates launches second daily flight between Brussel and Dubai
of 29 October, the airline Emirates is set to run a second daily flight between
Brussels Airport and Dubai International Airport. Flights to Dubai are enjoying
rising success, which prompted the airline to increase its capacity in Brussels.
The first Emirates flight from Brussels to Dubai will be departing at 3.05 pm,
with the second flight scheduled for take-off at 8.15 pm.
Foreign permit aircraft allowed to operate in Belgium.
After issuing a full CofA to the Belgian registered Stampe SV.4’s in
November last year, the Belgian C.A.A. took another important decision which
gives more freedom to the Belgian General Aviation scene. As from 1st
July foreign registered amateur built aircraft as well as certain historic
aircraft (less than 5.700 kg) registered in a ECAC-member state (ECAC = European
Civil Aviation Conference) no longer require a permit to fly in Belgian airspace
for 30 days per year.
This decision recognizes the quality, safety and capability of national permit
aircraft within the General aviation community. As well as allowing such
aircraft to cross Belgium territory it will encourage visits specifically to
Belgium. We are looking forward to see more foreign aircraft visiting our
This new rule is a result of the close cooperation between the Belgian CAA,
EFLEVA (European Federation of Light, Experimental & Vintage Aircraft) and VVMV
(Vereniging Vlaamse MotorVliegclubs)
Good results for Brussels Airlines
May 2017 more than 830.000 passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines aircraft. That
is 18,9% more than in the same month last year. At that moment the company was
still recovering from the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport. But, according
to Brussels Airlines, this is not the only factor that explains this strong
growth. The successful commercial strategy results in more passengers.
The new route to Mumbai (India)
is also doing ‘very well’ as well as the cargo-activities.
31/05/2017 SHS takes over remaining part of
Thomas Cook Belgium
Aviation has reached an agreement to take over all remaining shares of Thomas
Cook Airlines Belgium (TCAB). The company will also employ the remaining staff
(40) and hopes to be able to use the AOC and Operating Licence of TCAB. SHS
Aviation will operate under the VLM Airlines brand.
Earlier this month VLM Airlines started operating charter flight under the newly
acquired Slovenian AOC.
FlyingGroup received Diamond Safety of Flight Award
the recent EBACE17 convention at Geneve Flying Group received a
Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association
(EBAA). This accolade is awarded to operators that surpass 100.000 hours of
flying without any accident.
Currently FlyingGroup operates and maintains 43 aircraft world-wide.
"After having received the EBAA Gold Safety of Flight Award in 2014 we are very
proud to now having been awarded with the EBAA
Safety of Flight Award." says Bernard Van Milders, President & Founder of
FLYINGGROUP. "This is currently the highest safety recognition awarded by EBAA
and we are one of the first companies to receive it "
Easyjet Brussels Team honored
The Brussels Team of lowcost
carrier Easyjet did a great job during 2016. They received the Spirit of Easyjet
2015 award and are honored on the nose of Airbus A.319 – HB-JYJ – that was
recently noted at Geneva Airport.
Pegasus Airlines to fly to Ankara
Turkish company Pegasus has announced that they will start flying once a week
between Brussels South Charleroi and Ankara on a direct flight.At present they
fly into Istanbul .
Brussels airport increase in fright volume
February 2017, Brussels Airport welcomed over 1.5 million passengers, which is a
decrease of 0.4% on February 2016, owing to the leap day. Without the leap day
effect, the number of passengers would have shown an increase of 3%. Cargo
transport at Brussels Airport rose by 7.7% compared with the same month last
year, due to the strong growth in the full freighter segment.
4th special livery for Brussels Airlines
Ever since 2012 Brussels Airlines has a special relation with Tomorrowland. To
mark this 5 year relationship, Brussels Airlines created Amare, the 4th Airbus
in special livery.
We wish Brussels Airlines a Happy 15th Birthday.
Airlinews was created in 2002 in the aftermath of the Sabena bankcrupty in 2001.
Over the last 15 years, nearly 79 million passengers used the Belgian airline:
70 million within Europe, 8 million on the African services and 1 million on the
Vizion Air signs agreement with SprintAir
based Vizion Air has signed an agreement with the Polish company SprintAir for
cooperation. This agreement stipulates that SprintAir will reserve two of its
aircraft (ATR72 and Saab340) for use by Vizion Air.
The ATR72 is to be based at Liège, whilst the Saab 340 will have Bergamo as
The agreement starts on Ferbuary 1st, 2017.
SSJ-100 for Brussels Airlines
Airlines is to wet-lease three Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjets to replace its Avro
RJ100's on services where smaller aircraft than the Airbus 320's are needed. The
aircraft will be leased from CityJet.
All time high for Antwerp Airport
2016, more than 276.000 passengers passed through Antwerp Airport. This is an
all time high. Last time we had over 270.000 passengers was back in 2001.
All this means that there was an increase of 24% in passengers. Some 20.000
passengers flew via Antwerp in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks. The loss
of VLM flights and charters played a negative part in the story.
Spotters welcome at Brussels Airport
has been granted to built spotters areas around Brussels Airport. Work will
commence in the autumn of 2017 and should be ready at the end of the year or
Jacques ‘Red’ Dewaelheyns passed away
Last Monday, 3 July 2017, kolonel BEM e.r. Jacques ‘Red’ Dewaelheyns passed
away after a long illness. He was the first leader of the Red Devils, the
Belgian Air Force aerobatic team. Initially the team flew on Hawker Hunter.
After six years they changed to the Fouga Magister (1965 till 1977). Afterwards
‘Red’ Dewaelheyns was involved in several civil aviation projects including the
Piper-dealership via NEAS in de late seventies – early eighties.
Brussels Airport invests heavily in new technology for hold baggage screening
Airport has launched the first phase of works to implement new technology for
hold baggage screening. By the 1st of September 2022,
every airport in the European Union must screen hold baggage according to
Baggage Screening Standard 3. That is why Brussels Airport is investing 100
million Euros in the purchase of new screening devices and the construction of a
new hall and infrastructure.
Sonaca 200 prototype makes first flight
On Monday 19.06.17 the prototype of the Sonaca 200 – OO-NEW – made its first
flight from Charleroi Airport. This single engine two-seat aircraft is assembled
by Sonaca. The flight test campaign will take four months. It starts in Belgium
but will be pursued at Avignon in southern France. This must result in obtaining
the EASA certification for this new Belgian designed aircraft.
Hainan Airlines starts Brussels to Shanghai service
Airlines will start a Brussels to Shanghai service from 25 Oktober 2017. They
will operate this service three times per week (Monday, Wedsnesday and Friday)
using Boeing 878-9 aircraft.
Shanghai will be the second destination that can be reached from Brussels.
Hainan Airlines flies from Beijing to Brussels since 2006.
Cargo airlines starting to leave Brussels
River Express left Brussels in february, Air Cargo Global has announced that it
is stopping all their activities at Brussels due to the noise restrictions and
Magma Aviation has also indicated the same intentions if the sitaution is not
clarrified in the coming weeks.
August Van Laer deceased
just received the news that our member August Van Laer has died unexpectedly on
Thursday 16/02/2017 at the age of 69.
We offer his family and friends our condolences. Blue skies mate.
Buurtkrant 2e editie
Het tweede nummer van de Antwerpse "Luchthavenbuurt Krant" is van de persen
gerold en wordt momenteel door onze vrijwillegers verdeeld in de buurt
rodom de luchthaven. Diegenen die buiten de verdeling vallen kunnen hier hun
Decrease in passengers, increase in freight
Airport handled 21.8 million passengers in 2016, down 7 % on record year 2015.
The decrease is completely due to the attacks on the airport on 22 March; the
airport was closed for 12 days and then only gradually resumed its operations.
Cargo traffic at Brussels Airport rose by 1.1% compared to 2015, despite the
impact of the attacks.
Free drop-off zone
mid-December, Brussels Airport has opened a new, free drop-off zone. The zone is
exclusively intended for quickly dropping off passengers leaving on a trip.
Parking is not possible and drivers may not leave their vehicles. People wanting
to accompany passengers to the departure hall or who come to pick up passengers,
can make use of P1, P2 and P3, where, with the Brussels Airport Pcard+, the
first half hour is free-of-charge.
The drop-off zone is on the same level as the bus station and in walking
distance of the terminal. To get there drivers should simply follow the
"Drop-off" signage. For the comfort of the passengers, a covered walkway leads
from the drop-off zone to the terminal.