Our passengers of the day are Nele and Filip from Geraardsbergen (you know, the Belgian town famous because of its ‘mattentaarten’ and - for cycle fanatics - the cobblestone hill ‘De Muur’). Last week, this couple woke early in the morning to take off with Thomas Cook Airlines for a well-deserved vacation on the Greek island Corfu. One sunny week, a bit of chillin’ and several cocktails later, having experienced several day trips on the island and a boat trip to the wild beauty of Albania, they conclude this was just what they needed to relax and forget the day-to-day hustle and bustle in Belgium.
The fire department provides a refreshing water curtain for those working on the tarmac.
Connector, July 2014
The #connector on its way to completion - roof and façade almost completed. #brusselsairport #construction
Three years ago, these two people loved to conclude their day at work at the Brussels Airport Starbucks. This weekend, he proposed to her on the very same place. Congrats!
Every now and then, we have to cut the grass to make sure rabbits and birds do not find it too appealing to make their home out of the airport grounds. Birds, rabbits and aviation aren’t a good combo, alas. Here you see these works in full action, next to the taxiways. Do you want to know more about how we deal with these animals? Read our earlier blogpost about our Bird Control Unit.
Our passengers of the day -meeters & greeters actually- are these unknown party people at arrivals. Were they simply waiting for a friend to come home? Surprising someone returning from a vacation on his or her birthday? Celebrating good news? Or maybe this is just their normal outfit. Who knows? So many passengers, so many stories.
A tale of giant eggs, chocolate eggs and talking planes
This Easter period we’ve installed a giant egg in the departures hall. During the first two weekends of the Easter holidays, we had an artist decorate the upper part of the egg. Kids were invited to go loose on the lower part. It made for this beautiful egg picture series.
But that was not all. Make-up artists needed no more than a few minutes to turn our smaller passengers into bold warriors or cute little princesses. Unless they preferred glitter tattoos.
We also distributed 30,000 chocolate Easter eggs, 10,000 colouring pictures, and 5,000 colouring pencils. You’re right, that does smell like a colouring contest. And a nice one at that, because your kids can win tickets for the exclusive pre premiere of the Disney movie Planes 2: Fire & Rescue at the airport. The airport? Yes, we’ll be installing a special pop-up cinema this summer to stage the movie. Seems like we have some stuff to look forward to.
On behalf of all of the Brussels Airport staff: we wish you a happy Easter and happy holidays!
We bumped into 5 rather unusual passengers today, waiting for their new owners in the arrivals hall. The organisation Pod and Co from Liège specialises in giving the Spanish Galgo and Podenco dogs a second life in Belgium and helped them find a warm and welcoming new family.
Since the beginning of this week, our flight information displays - aka these screens with flights on it- have a new layout.
We believe the new layout is orderly, with bigger letters and a light background so you can read all info more easily. But most of all, we’re interested in your opinion. So go ahead and judge for yourselves: what do you think of this new layout?
In case of doubt: old layout left, new layout right.
Ever wondered how many glasses of Stella travellers drink at the airport?
This week, we have an explosion of new routes. How about easyJet, starting new routes to Bordeaux, London Gatwick and Naples? Or Brussels Airlines, adding two fantastic holiday destinations: Athens and Seville. Not to mention Jetairfly, taking off to Tel Aviv, and, icing on the cake: American beach paradise Miami? And in the opposite direction: Eurolot starting direct flights to Wroclaw.
Wow. A lot of splendid destinations, but which one to start with? Vineyard covered resplendent Bordeaux, with its sand brick houses? The cosy alleyways of Naples with a side trip to Pompei or Amalfi? Underground hipster London? Sumptuous baroque Seville with its excellent tapas and vibrant street life? Culture hotbed Athens? Party capital Tel Aviv? Happy-go-lucky beach life in Miami? Or let’s take Wroclaw. Ever been there? It’s a neat city with colourful houses, cobblestones and hidden gnomes. All Polish cosiness. And surprisingly good food, if you do a bit of research.
Anyway, if you don’t find anything to your liking in the above, or if you prefer images to words, go ahead and browse all our direct destinations on our Pinterest boards. We’re pretty sure you’ll find just what you’re after.
Sven, Tarir-Mehamed, Sabrina and Jahjouh-Dali work in one of our Brussels Airport bars run by Autogrill, such as Bar Rouge or Belgian Beer Café in Pier A. Next Tuesday 1st of April is a big day for them, because they’ll defend the Brussels Airport honour in the Belgian preselection of the Stella Artois World Draught Masters Championship.
Why they participate? “Everywhere in the world, people have the right to drink a perfectly draught Stella Artois”, Sven explains. “Serving a good Stella Artois is just part of the job”, Tarir-Mehamed knows, while Sabrina participates because she wants to perfect her work and she also likes the technical challenge. Jahjouh-Dali wants to learn new things.
So, next time you drink your Stella Artois at the airport, you should consider yourself lucky to be served by these people. They are making sure you have a quality beer served with a smile and pride.
If you want to see them in full action during the preselections the 1st of April, just drop by in the Stella Artois pop-up bar next to check-in row 11. We wish them all the best for the contest and we hope to see them in the finals!
Rita from Wuustwezel and An from Dilbeek do have awesome prospects: with four bikes and their suitcases they’re about to check in for their flight to Asia. They’re all set for a two-week bike trip through Sri Lanka. Although we are fully confident the sun will stay in Belgium for a few more days, we have to admit this seems like an excellent plan.