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Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA), also called Brussels-Charleroi Airport, Charleroi Airport or rarely Gosselies Airport, (IATA: CRL, ICAO: EBCI) is an international airport, located in Gosselies, a part of the city of Charleroi in Wallonia (southern Belgium). The airport is 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) north of Charleroi and 46 km (29 mi) south of central Brussels. In terms of passengers and aircraft movements, it is the second busiest airport in Belgium having served 7,303,720 passengers in 2016 (75,038 movements). It is also a busy general aviation airfield, being home to 3 flying schools.

The Aéropole, one of the Science Parks of Wallonia, is located near the airport.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Aéroport de Charleroi Bruxelles Sud
Aeroport de Charleroi Bruxelles Sud.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Wallonia
Operator Société Wallonne des Aéroports
Serves Charleroi and Brussels area, Belgium
Hub for Air Belgium
Focus city for Ryanair
Elevation AMSL 614 ft / 187 m
Coordinates 50°27′36″N
CRL is located in Belgium

Brussels South Charleroi Airport in Belgium
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers 8,029,680
Change 17-18 +4%


Early years

During World War II, the site was arranged as an Advanced Landing Ground (A-87) for the allied air forces, from 14 September 1944 until 10 August 1945.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 Seaor to Algeria.

Development since the 1990s

Operations at Brussels South Charleroi 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 Brussels South 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 Brussels South Charleroi, such as Wizz Air. The Polish airline Air Polonia operated services from here 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.

A new terminal opened in January 2008. It has a capacity of up to 5 million passengers a year, which means that it has reached its maximum capacity in 2010 (5,195,372 passengers).

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. However, in March 2012, the Commission reopened the case in order to take this judgement into account.

In January 2017, a second terminal (Terminal 2) was opened in order to relieve the T1 during rush hours and to be able to accommodate 10 000 000 passengers/year in the future.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Brussels South Charleroi Airport:

Airlines Destinations
Air Algerie Algiers
Air Belgium Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre (both begin 7 December 2019)
Air Corsica Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi
Belavia Minsk
Lauda Vienna (begins 28 October 2019)
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Ancona, Athens, Banja Luka, Barcelona, Bari, Bergamo, Biarritz, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Brindisi, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Carcassonne, Comiso, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Fuerteventura, Glasgow, Gran Canaria, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Nador, Naples, Nîmes, Oujda, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Perpignan, Pescara, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Podgorica, Rabat, Riga, Rome–Ciampino, Santander, Seville, Sofia, Stockholm–Skavsta, Tangier, Tel Aviv (begins 28 October 2019), Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Toulouse, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, Verona (ends 25 October 2019), Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław (ends 25 October 2019), Zaragoza
Seasonal: Alghero, Almería, Bergerac, Béziers, Chania, Corfu, Figari, Girona, Ibiza, La Rochelle, Perugia, Pula, Reus, Rhodes, Rijeka, Rodez, Zadar
TUI fly Belgium Algiers, Alicante, Béjaïa, Casablanca, Constantine, Fes, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Málaga, Murcia–Corvera, Nador, Oran, Oujda, Ouarzazate, Rabat, Sharm El Sheikh, Tangier, Tenerife–South, Tlemcen, Toulon, Tunis
Seasonal: Al Hoceima, Antalya, Djerba, Enfidha, Essaouira, Heraklion, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iași, Kutaisi (begins 11 September 2019), Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Timișoara, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Ljubljana


Charleroi Airport Passenger Totals 2001–2018 (millions)

Charleroi Airport Passenger Totals 2001–2018 (millions)

Terminal interior

Aerial view

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 5,195,372 +31.96%
2011 5,901,007 +15.18%
2012 6,516,427 +10.43%
2013 6,786,979 +4.15%
2014 6,439,957 -5.1%
2015 6,956,302 +8.01%
2016 7,303,720 +4.99%
2017 7,698,767 +5.41%
2018 8,029,680 +4.29%
Busiest Routes from Charleroi Airport (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers 2016
1 Hungary, Budapest Airport 313,983
2 Italy, Bergamo Airport 279,694
3 Romania, Bucharest Airport 260,009
4 Spain, Madrid Airport 251,526
5 Denmark, Copenhagen Airport 200,486

Ground transportation


There are several shuttles to different cities in the neighbouring countries (Luxembourg, Metz, Thionville, Lille) plus a regular coach service that runs from the airport to Brussels-South railway station. Also, a special bus (Airport Express – A) operates from the airport to Charleroi-South railway station. A combined bus and train ticket to any other Belgian railway station can be bought in the terminal.


The airport is accessible by the highway from Brussels, Liège or Lille.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 8 April 2011, a Dutch F-16 had to make an emergency landing because of a technical failure of one of its sets of landing gear. The plane landed on its belly. The pilot did not suffer any injuries.
  • On 9 February 2013, a small Cessna plane crashed near the runway after suffering technical problems during take-off, killing all 5 people on board. The airport was closed for about six hours before resuming services.

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General Info
Country Belgium
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)
Alternate Name CHARLEROI
Near City Charleroi
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

Opr H24.
Communications Remarks
APP (119.7 UNICOM)

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 8366 x 148 feet
2550 x 45 meters

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

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

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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