Brussels Airport BRU plays a very important part, as the city of Brussels is Europe's Capital (the European Union, NATO, and many other European organizations and corporations are headquartered there), and should not be mistaken for another airport advertised by low-cost airlines as 'Brussels South Airport’ - which in fact is in Charleroi, 40 km from Brussels.Brussels Airport received ACI Europe's 'Best Airport' award in the 10-25M passenger category. In June 2016, following the terrorist attack on the Airport in March 22, 2016 - the Airport's CEO received a special 'Leader of the Year Award' in June 2016.
BRU Airport is located in part in Zaventem and in part in the Diegem area of Machelen, and is 11 km from the historic City of Brussels, Belgium. It is accessible via motorway A201, connecting directly to the R0 highway, and from there to all other main highways. The railway under the passenger terminal offers up to 4 hourly express trains to Brussel's North, Central & Midi stations.
With three long runways and 21.8M passengers in 2016, Brussels Airport is hub to Brussels Airlines, Jet Airways and others, and is served by numerous major and minor international airlines and charters offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
The on-Airport Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel (tel. +32 2 710 8000 /fax 8080) with a business & conference center, is located across from the passenger terminal.
Brussels Airport now has two passenger terminals - Terminal 1with four levels and two 'Piers', and new Terminal 2 opened Jan. 30, 2017.
Present & Future Airport Developments: First-stage U.S. Preclearance program negotiations started May 2015; upon finalization the program should be in place within 2-3 years.