Brussels Airport wants fewer short-haul flights – Airlines

The Corona pandemic has caused the Brussels Airport Company, the operator of Zaventem Airport, to lose 240 million euros in the last two years. With a new strategy, ‘Shift 2027’, the company hopes to get out of the red box from this year. A striking part of the five-year strategy: fewer short-haul flights.

“We want to optimize and expand our network, especially for medium and long-haul flights,” Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, said during a news conference on Monday. ‘We are working to reduce the number of short-haul flights. It’s very clear, this is not our future. ‘

But to fly less to Amsterdam and Paris, for example, there must be an alternative by train. “A high-speed rail connection is essential,” Feist said. “An airport like Brussels Airport should have an HST connection. We hope the government will take the necessary initiatives.”

The requirement for an HST connection has been with the airport operator for some time. A Thalys connection with Paris existed for a while (2013-2015), but was canceled due to unprofitability.

Strategy

The five-year strategy is about sustainability, the hub of Brussels Airport between different modes of transport and diversification into domains other than pure aviation to generate several other sources of revenue. The latter element includes plans for the construction of a third office building and another hotel on the airport premises.

The element of the strategy that will be most noticeable to passengers is the planned investment in a new ‘intermodal hub’. This is the place where travelers switch between the different means of transport (bus, train, plane …). For next year, there should be a project on the table for a more open space than the current staircase and elevator hall at the terminal (the ‘diamond’), which should also allow for smoother transfers. The future tram connection will also be integrated into this new hub. The airport also works on shuttle bus connections to various cities in Belgium and across the border.

There are currently no new piers for passengers. These were proposed a few years ago in connection with the airport’s ‘Vision 2040’, but due to the corona, these piers are not needed at the moment. “The plans are still there, but only when the number of passengers is back at the pre-pandemic level can the timing be reconsidered,” it said. The airport currently expects the number of travelers to return to pre-corona levels in 2024-2025.

The investment plans also include further renewal of the Brucargo freight department. In terms of sustainability, Feist reiterated that the airport aims to achieve zero emissions by 2050. Among other things, Brussels Airport has plans for its own installation to mix petroleum and biofuels, wants to make all vehicles on the asphalt electric and wants to install even more solar panels, the airport announced earlier.

“We want to optimize and expand our network, especially for medium and long-haul flights,” Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, said during a news conference on Monday. ‘We are working to reduce the number of short-haul flights. It’s very clear, this is not our future. ‘ But to fly less to Amsterdam and Paris, for example, there must be an alternative by train. “A high-speed rail connection is essential,” Feist said. “An airport like Brussels Airport should have an HST connection. We hope the government will take the necessary initiatives.” The requirement for an HST connection has been with the airport operator for some time. A Thalys connection with Paris existed for a while (2013-2015), but was canceled due to unprofitability. The five-year strategy is about sustainability, the hub of Brussels Airport between different modes of transport and diversification into domains other than pure aviation to generate several other sources of revenue. The latter element includes plans for the construction of a third office building and another hotel on the airport premises. The element of the strategy that will be most noticeable to passengers is the planned investment in a new ‘intermodal hub’. This is the place where travelers switch between the different means of transport (bus, train, plane …). For next year, there should be a project on the table for a more open space than the current staircase and elevator hall at the terminal (the ‘diamond’), which should also allow for smoother transfers. The future tram connection will also be integrated into this new hub. The airport also works on shuttle bus connections to various cities in Belgium and across the border. There are currently no new piers for passengers. These were proposed a few years ago in connection with the airport’s ‘Vision 2040’, but due to the corona, these piers are not needed at the moment. “The plans are still there, but only when the number of passengers is back at the pre-pandemic level can the timing be reconsidered,” it said. The airport currently expects the number of travelers to return to pre-corona levels in 2024-2025. The investment plans also include further renewal of the Brucargo freight department. In terms of sustainability, Feist reiterated that the airport aims to achieve zero emissions by 2050. Among other things, Brussels Airport has plans for its own installation to mix petroleum and biofuels, wants to make all vehicles on the asphalt electric and wants to install even more solar panels, the airport announced earlier.

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