An international airport located in Gosselies in the Province of Hainaut; Brussels South Charleroi Airport informally called Brussels-Charleroi Airport is the second busiest airport in Belgium. Home to three flying schools, it is also considered a busy general aviation airfield. The airport offers access to more than 190 destinations, departing from a comfortable and accessible platform. It has been awarded multiple times for its steady punctuality and the excellent quality of the services it offers. Nine regular airlines including Belavia, Air Algérie and Ryanair operate here and the airport handles 8 million passengers annually. Located at the heart of a vast road network offering easy access, around 15-20 million potential passengers live in the proximity of the airport.
Originally a flying school in 1919, it became a public aerodrome after World War II. After a new commercial management structure was constructed, operation at Brussels South Charleroi steadily grew in the 1990s. In 2008, a new terminal was opened up which increased the capacity of the airport up to 5 million passengers a year. In 2017, a second terminal was opened to relieve rush hours and to accommodate 10 million passengers annually in the future.
Recently renovated, a new terminal was constructed due to increasing numbers of passengers. There are a few great cafes and restaurants located in the arrivals hall which provide delicious and fast meals. You can also purchase tickets for buses and trains to Brussels at the multiple stands in the arrivals halls. Near, the departure hall is located which consists of 12 check-in counters and 2 gates and shops and facilities such as bureau de change, gift shop and duty free.
Sky Shop offers passengers an excellent duty-free shopping experience. All goods, except for alcohol and tobacco, can be purchased as duty free goods if you’re travelling within the EU but if you are leaving the EU, all goods can be purchased at duty free prices.
The airport employs over 3,000 people working onsite almost which 800 of whom are direct employees. Brussels-Charleroi Airport plans to grow its freight business in the future and to develop its airport activities which focuses acutely on the comfort of its passengers. Open from 6.30am to 11pm every day, the airport has excellent operational performance and it offers extensive parking facilities, boasting 7,860 spaces.