Also known as Brussels National, Brussels Airport is an international public and military airport located in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The airport has served more or less 22 million passengers in 2014, and is the 23rd busiest airport in all of Europe. Brussels airport currently serves as the home base for airlines such as Abelag Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetairfly, Saudia Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Vueling. Brussels Airport has used a one-terminal concept wherein all of the airport’s facilities are within a single roof, with the exception of the newest pier on the airport, Pier A.
What to see & do
Brussels can mean the Brussels-Capital Region, or the city of Brussels, the largest municipality of the region. The city of Brussels works as a municipality that consists of the central historic town, along with other additional areas that are within the greater Brussels-Capital Region. The climate in Brussels records at an average high of 14.2 degrees Celsius, or 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit, average low of 6.9 degrees Celsius, or 44.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with a daily mean of 10.54 degrees Celsius or 50.97 degrees Fahrenheit. Brussels features spots that include Grand Place-Grote Markt, Manneken Pis, Jeanneke Pis, Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark and Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog, Atomium, The Bourse, Mini-Europe, Law Courts of Brussels, Royal Palace, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Horta Museum, Royal Museum of Central Africa, and Musical Instruments Museum. Other destinations include the European Parliament, European Commission, and European Council.
How to get around
The city of Brussels in Belgium relies on its public transportation such as the STIB-MIVB, bilingual public bus, tram, and metro service. Tickets for the transportation are divided into one-, five-, and ten-ride tickets, also referred to as Jump 1, Jump 5, and Jump 10, respectively. These tickets are to be validated in the small orange machines available in major bus, tram, or metro stops. The validation time stamps the tickets in both ink and also magnetises the tickets to be valid for one hour upon validation. Metro entrances within the city are marked with big ‘M’ signs in blue and white, along with the station name underneath. For all travellers, announcements are made in Dutch, French, and English within all of the six metro lines. When riding public transport, it is possible to use any STIB/MIVB transport interchangeably, with the ticket to be revalidated on every new ride. Within the city, there are bike rentals available wherein bikes are shared within a network of over 2,500 rides via 200 bike stations within the city. With the efficient bicycle system, riders can take a bike from any station and return the respective bicycle to a different station for an effective point A to B transportation.
How to get there
Serving Brussels, the capital of Belgium, Brussels Airport operates flights to and from destinations such as Ljubljana, Tirana, Dublin, Moscow, Algiers, Casablanca, Montreal, Madrid, Lyon, Vilnius, Malta, Athens, Barcelona, Oslo, Berlin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lisbon, Rome, Zürich, Porto, Eskişehir, and Bilbao, to name a few, through airlines such as Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Algérie, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France operated by HOP!, Air Lituanica operated by bmi regional, Air Malta, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss European Air Lines, TAP Portugal operated by Portugália, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling. The airport also operates charter flights via Freebird Airlines, Nouvelair, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, and Transavia.com, to and from destinations such as Burgas, Chios, Bodrum, Tunis, and Cairo, in addition to seasonal charter flights into and out of Heraklion, Tivat, Monastir, and Bodrum, to name a few.