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By Aron Howard Subscribe to RSS | April 25th 2012 | Views:

Located in the European Union, Brussels is an erstwhile fortress town. The city is fast transforming to become a trendsetting town perfect to enjoy weekend holidays. Besides scenic attractions, the city is also famous for beer and its unique chocolates. European culture at its best can be witnessed here. Owing to its 90 museums, fascinating walkways, magnificent parks and chic restaurants, the place has become quite popular among people looking for a perfect destination to enjoy their vacations. There are numerous attractions that can be enjoyed along with family and friends. Reaching here is not difficult as cheap plane tickets are easily available. Since airline prices have slashed down significantly, travelling to this beautiful destination has become cheaper. Various aspects like culture, history, architecture, parks, natural attractions, etc mesmerizes visitors coming here.

IATA code of the Brussels Airport is BRU. This international airport is located 11km north east to the city centre. Partially located in Zaventem and partially in Diegem area, the airport is located in the city’s Flemish Region. The airport meets international standards that are expected to cater to the needs of the increasing number of visitors coming here. Flights to Brussels have increased considerably to match the augmenting demands of visitors. The airport has 54 contact gates besides total 109 gates. The airport offers employment to about 20,000 people with 260 companies working here.

The airport was conferred Best Airport Award in Europe by IATA in the year 2005 on the basis of a survey carried out with about one hundred thousand passengers spread all over the world. The airport is operated and managed by” The Brussels Airport Company”. Earlier it was popularly known as Brussels International Airport Company or BIAC. At present the Australian group Map Airports owns 75% stake and the Belgian State owns 25% stake in the airport.

A new runway was built in 1956 running parallel with 07L/25R and is still in use. Its length was later increased to 3,200m to handle big aircrafts. Later, the government decided to construct a new airport using the prevalent runways. Construction began in 1957 with a new terminal as a step towards preparation for 1958 World Fair. Inaugurated in 1958, the new airport welcomed delegates coming to participate in the World Fair. Cheap flights to Brussels further augmented the number of visitors coming to this destination.

Later on, as need was realized, new hangers were added to the airport. In 1976, a novel cargo terminal was constructed. 1994 saw the construction of a brand new terminal.

According to a survey conducted, the Brussels airport served 17.8 million passengers in 2007. It was about 7% increase over 2006. 780, 000 tons was the volume of cargo amounted in the same year that was about 8.9% increase over 2006. A further increase of 3.7% was reported when the airport served 18.5 million passengers over the preceding year.

To reach this culturally rich destination in the European Union, one simply needs to book cheap tickets to Brussels and enjoy perfect vacations with friends and families.

Aron Howard - About Author:
Aron Howard is an associate editor with The website offers exclusive information related to premium economy and flights to Brussels.

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