As we recall on the 22nd of March 2016 bombings occurred in Belgium, which include two bombings at Brussels Airport and one at Maalbeek metro station. Our respect and deepest condolences goes to the families and friends of the victims and injured. We are all aware that it is not the airline’s negligence to why this terrorist attack happened, since the bloodthirsty Islamist militant group ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In this review, we’ll be talking about Brussels Airport or more known as BRU (airport code). Join me as we understand and discover further about the busiest international airport of Belgium. As the country which invented praline, the French fry and the waffle. Known for the Belgian mussels, chocolate and the famous dish “Carbonnades Flamandes,” Brussels not only has good meals but also a diverse tourism.
Brussels Airport Reviews of Travellers
After reading several Brussels Airport reviews, it seems like the airport had a bad reputation over its customers before the bombing incident. Since the 112 Brussels Airport reviews are dated back before the said incident, they had scored a total of 4/10 on Skytrax. According to these reviews, BRU is inadequately staffed, since the passenger was in haste and had the worst experience while getting through the passport check and security.
However, on a positive note some Brussels Airport reviews show appreciation over some minor improvements of the airport. The traveller was a frequent-flyer of BRU and said:
“Since Brussels Airport did some renovation works in the A-terminal, the travel experience has really improved. Great views on the tarmac and the airplanes, nice shops and decent food. We checked in online but had to drop off a bag, that went really smooth. Convenient airport.”
In BRU toilets are free of charge and available throughout the terminal, special facilities for the disabled and vending machines wherein travellers can buy sanitary towels and contraceptives. But if customers are looking for the children’s toilet, it’s located in the departure hall near the play area which also includes a baby changing table.
An airport information desk is available in the arrivals area. But just in case travellers need urgent help, there’s also an Information Call Centre (tel: +32 2 753 7753). Brussels Airport is operational for 24 hours.
There are several bars, cafés, restaurants and vending machines in both piers, as well as in the main departures area. These outlets serve everything from Belgian beer to fast-food and seafood. There is a café, snack bar and pub in Arrivals. Though the Starbuck in the Departures Hall is the only one operating for 24 hours.
There is a wide variety of shops at Brussels Airport, from sweet shops to fashion outlets. Duty-free is available for passengers leaving the EU.
To stay connected, the airport offers limited Free WiFi for 60 minutes. Excluding usage of internet access can be purchased starting from the rates € 6 for additional 30 minutes.
Getting To and From the airport can be done by bus, car rentals, hotel shuttles, taxis and trains. Driving is an option too. However, according to several customers of BRU, the best way of transportation is by taxis or trains.
For train, Airport City Express trains go to Brussels’ three main stations: Brussels Central, Brussels North and Brussels Midi. This only takes around 25-30 minutes for €7.80
For taxi, metered taxis are available in the pick-up area in front of the arrivals hall. The fare to the city centre is around €40 to €50, and the journey time is 20 to 30 minutes.
Location – Traffic – Service
Brussels Airport is located 12km (8 miles) northeast of central Brussels. BRU is hub for Brussels Airlines, Abelag Aviation, Jetairfly, Saudia Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Thomas Cook Airlines which offers domestic and international routes to European routes: Spain, Italy, London, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and Germany. For intercontinental routes to: New York, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Canada, India, Morocco and Qatar.
In 2015, based on statistics, Brussels Airport had accommodated a total of 23,460,018 passengers from their 1 Terminal-3 Runways airport. However, a construction of a new terminal facility for low-cost airlines has been put on indefinite hold.
- Airport Code: BRU
- Phone Number: +32 2 753 77 53
- Website URL: www.brusselsairport.be/en/
- Address: Leopoldlaan, 1930 Zaventem, Belgium
To learn more of their recent updates and changes in Brussels Airport, click here. The heart of Europe airport had been doing a great job from recovery. Their hard work to start up again is well appreciated by several travellers based on their twitter account: @BrusselsAirport
Just so you know, the Paris terror suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested in Belgium and authorities now can question him about the Brussels airport bombing. But we better be prepared against ISIS since they left us with “what is coming is worse and more bitter.”