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Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Charleroi/Brussels South
Charleroi Airport
IATA: CRL – ICAO: EBCI
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Walloon Region
Operator SOWAER (Société Wallonne des Aéroports)
Serves Brussels
Location Charleroi
Elevation AMSL 614 ft / 187 m
Coordinates 50°27′36″N 004°27′10″E / 50.46°N 4.45278°E / 50.46; 4.45278
Website www.charleroi-airport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 3,937,187
Source: Belgian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA), also called Charleroi Airport, (IATA: CRL, ICAO: EBCI) is located in Charleroi precisely in Gosselies, 46 kilometres (29 mi) from central Brussels, in Wallonia (Belgium). 3,937,187 passengers used it in 2009.

A new terminal opened in January 2008. It has a capacity of up to 5 million passengers a year.

History

The first aeronautical activities in Gosselies date back to 1919 as a flying school, then aeronautical maintenance activities the following year. The British aircraft manufacturer Fairey Aviation settled a subsidiary Avions Fairey on the site (then known as Mont des Bergers) in 1931.

Gosselies airfield became a public aerodrome after World War II, but the main activities of the site remained aeronautical constructions (installation of SABCA in 1954, then SONACA in 1978, taking the place of Fairey).

In the 1970s, the Belgian national airline Sabena launched a Liège-Charleroi-London service, but this was soon dropped because of poor results. Gosselies was left with almost no passenger traffic, the airport being mainly used for private or pleasure flights, training flights and occasional charters to leisure destinations around the Mediterranean Sea or to Algeria.

Operations at Charleroi Airport grew in the 1990s, with a new commercial management structure (BSCA - Brussels South Charleroi Airport) and the arrival of Irish low cost airline Ryanair in 1997, which opened its first continental base at Charleroi a few years later.

Although criticised for the subsidies paid by the Walloon government to help its installation, Ryanair opened new routes from Charleroi (they also closed two destinations : London-Stansted and Liverpool, although Stansted was re-introduced in June 2007 before being suspended again). Other low-cost carriers later joined Ryanair in Charleroi, such as Wizz Air and Air Service Plus (later replaced by On Air). The Polish airline Air Polonia operated services from Charleroi to Warsaw and Katowice before going bankrupt in August 2004.

In September 2006 it was announced that Moroccan low-cost airline Jet4you would launch three weekly flights to Casablanca (on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) starting 1 November 2006, in code share cooperation with Belgian airline Jetairfly.

Ryanair assistance

The European Commission objected to assistance the airport offered to Ryanair, since the airport is owned by the Wallonia regional government and thus the discounts and other benefits could be considered state aid. However, the Court of First Instance (a European Union court) decided on 17 December 2008 that the Commission's decision finding that illegal aid had been granted to Ryanair should be annulled and quashed as being erroneous in law. The Commission has accepted the CFI's judgment and has not appealed the CFI's judgment.

Statistics

Passengers per year
Year Passengers Evolution
2001 773 431 -
2002 1 271 979 64,45%
2003 1 803 587 41,19%
2004 2 034 797 12,81%
2005 1 873 349 8,61%
2006 2 166 360 15,64%
2007 2 458 255 13,47%
2008 2 957 026 20,28%
2009 3 937 187 33,14%
2010

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca [ends 30 October]
Jet4you Al Hoceima, Casablanca, Nador, Oujda, Tangier
Jetairfly Algiers, Djerba, Enfidha [seasonal], Fes [begins 28 October], Heraklion, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Monastir, Murcia, Rhodes, Tangier, Tenerife-South, Toulon [begins November]
Jetairfly operated by Freebird Airlines Antalya
On Air Catania, Pescara, [seasonal]
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Ancona, Arrecife, Barcelona, Bari, Bergerac [seasonal], Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Brindisi, Cagliari, Carcassonne, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Figari, Fuerteventura, Girona, Glasgow-Prestwick [ends 29 October], Gothenburg-City [begins 3 November], Ibiza, Lappeenranta [begins 2 November], Larnaca [begins 3 November], La Rochelle, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Kaunas, Kraków, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Marseille, Milan-Orio al Serio, Montpellier, Nador, Nîmes, Oslo-Rygge, Oujda [begins 4 November], Palma de Mallorca, Pau, Perpignan, Pisa, Porto, Reus, Riga, Rome-Ciampino, Santander, Seville, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tangier, Tenerife-South, Trapani, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Valladolid, Venice-Treviso, Verona [begins 2 November], Wrocław, Zadar, Zaragoza
Wizz Air Bucharest-Băneasa, Budapest, Katowice, Prague, Sofia, Warsaw

How to get there

By bus

Local TEC buses run between the airport and Charleroi train station. These buses leave the airport every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour in the weekend and take approximately 18 minutes to get to Charleroi train station.

A coach runs from the airport to Brussels-South railway station every 45 minutes, 20 times a day, taking one hour. (Note that the Brussels-South train station is in Brussels unlike Brussels-South airport which is in Charleroi.) The ticket office is just outside arrivals and the coach picks up just outside the building.

By train

A special bus (Airport Express - A) will take you to Charleroi-South train station. A combined ticket bus + train to any Belgian train station can be bought in the terminal.

By car

The airport is accessible by the highway from Brussels, Liège or Lille. The GPS address of the new terminal is: Rue d'Heppignies - 6043 RANSART.



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General Info
Country Belgium
ICAO ID EBCI
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 50.459197
50° 27' 33.11" N
Longitude 4.453817
004° 27' 13.74" E
Elevation 614 feet
187 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (05/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Alternate Name CHARLEROI
Near City Charleroi
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
CHARLEROI TWR 121.3
257.8
CHARLEROI GND 121.8
ATIS
Opr H24.
134.625
115.7
CHARLEROI APP 133.125
119.7
257.8
370.875
Communications Remarks  
APP (119.7 UNICOM)


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 8366 x 148 feet
2550 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 064FAWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME GSY GOSLY 104X 115.7 At Field -
NDB ONC CHARLEROI - 323 4.3 NM 246.2


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS), octane unknown.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine


Remarks
CAUTION Gldr act wi Chaleroi TCA. ILS/LLZ IGC Rwy 25 110.9 - Full scale FLY-UP indications may not be maint when blw the GP and to the lt of the cntrline.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
NS ABTMT All acft must comply with noise levels specified in ICAO Annex 16. Use of reverse thrust should be kept to a min.
OIL O-148
OPR HOURS Opr 0530-2200Z++, OT O/R fone C00 32 71 251212 or fax C00 32 71 251291.



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