Brussels Airport is a joint-use civil and military international airport that is located across Zaventem, Machelen, and Steenokkerzeel in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is approximately six nautical miles (11 kilometres or 6.9 miles) northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The airport resides at an elevation of 184 feet or 56 metres above mean sea level, and operates three asphalt surfaced runways. In 2014, Brussels Airport has handled almost 22 million passengers.
Where to go
Other destinations and cities that are worth visiting in Belgium include Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, and Bruges, in addition to many more. Highlighting the attractions Antwerp has to offer, some of the points of interest within the city include Cathedral of Our Lady, Rubenshuis, Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp Zoo, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, and Aquatopia, among others. Opened in the early 1840s, the Antwerp Zoo or ZOO Antwerpen is a zoo within the centre of Antwerp in Belgium. Considered as the oldest of all the animal parks within the country, the zoo was opened in the early 1840s and currently receives approximately 1.1 million visitors in a year. At present, the zoo has around 7,000 animals that come in 950 species such as king penguins, California sea lions, various snakes, turtles, along with zebras, okapis, and more.
Brussels Airport operates flights to short haul stops such as Helsinki, Finland; Cairo, Egypt; and Bristol, United Kingdom. When in Bristol, some of the tourist attractions to visit include At-Bristol, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo, Cabot Tower Bristol, Bristol Harbour, Blaise Hamlet, Georgian House Bristol, Watershed, and more. Bristol Zoo is a zoo that covers an area of five hectares or 12 acres within Bristol, in South West England. Opened in 1936, the zoo houses approximately 7,200 animals that come in 420 species more or less. When visiting the zoo, some of the animal divisions include seal and penguin coasts, explorer’s creek, gorilla island, the terrace, reptile house, and bug world, to name a few.
Long haul destinations from Brussels Airport include Bangkok, Thailand; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi has attractions like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Yas Island and Yas Island Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld, Emirates Palace, Emirates National Auto Museum, Saadiyat Island, Qasr al-Hosn, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, and Zayed National Museum, to name a few. The Emirates National Auto Museum located south of Abu Dhabi currently cares for around 200 exhibition pieces from the private collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The museum can be visited for a fee, although it is recommended to check for opening times before visiting. Some of the museum’s exhibits include a unique collection of vehicles mostly from the 1950s to 1960s. The collection feature vehicles in various stages of customisation with several Mercedes all fitted with televisions and refrigerators; a Dodge Power Wagon truck, an oversized replica that measures approximately eight times the size of the normal truck, among others.
How to get out
Brussels Airport is a hub for Abelag Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetairfly, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Vueling. The airlines that serve at the airport have flights to cities such as Athens, Dublin, Moscow, Milan, Rome, London, Budapest, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Helsinki, Stuttgart, Mykonos, Tunis, Kiev, and more. These destinations can be reached with scheduled, seasonal, seasonal charter, and charter flights.
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