Brussels Airport to invest € 52 million in new boarding bridges
Brussels Airport will replace 24 of its B gate boarding bridges dating from 1992. Two third of the new boarding gates will have two bridges and the gate B31 and B33 will be equipped with 3 bridges to accept the Airbus A380.
With a 52 million euro investment, Brussels Airport will replace 24 of its 25-year-old B gates boarding bridges. Two third of the new gates will be equipped with two boarding bridges to “offer more comfort to passengers and a greater operating efficiency to airlines”. This transformation is also due to the modern planes growing larger and longer.
Gate 31 and 33 will be equipped with three boarding bridges specially conceived for the Airbus A380, but they will also be able to handle other large planes (A330, A350, Boeing 777 & 787).
These two gates are already under renovation this week and the other 22 new bridges will be replaced from 2018 to 2022. Brussels airport will also invest in enlarging its taxiways due to the A380’s 80m wingspan.
20th place in EU
Brussels Airport has seen a 6,4 % decrease in traffic since 2015, mainly due to the 22 march 2016 terrorist attacks. With 21,9 million passengers transported, Belgium’s first airport falls back to the 20th position in Europe, from 14th in 2015.
Even though regional airports benefited from the situation, the national number of air passengers regressed by 2,7% to 30,1 million.
On the other hand, the whole European Union sees an increase of 5,9% in air travel, with a record of 973 million passengers. In 2016, the United Kingdom recorded 249 million passengers followed by Germany (201 million), Spain (194), France (145) and Italy (135).