Antwerp International Airport

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Antwerp International Airport
Internationale Luchthaven Antwerpen
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B-70
Luchthavengebouw Antwerpen-Deurne.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Flemish Region
Operator Flemish department of Mobility and Public Works
Serves Antwerp, Belgium
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 51°11′22″N 004°27′37″E / 51.18944°N 4.46028°E / 51.18944; 4.46028Coordinates: 51°11′22″N 004°27′37″E / 51.18944°N 4.46028°E / 51.18944; 4.46028
ANR is located in Belgium
Location of Antwerp International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 4,954 1,510 Asphalt
11/29 4,970 1,515 Grass

Antwerp International Airport (IATA: ANRICAO: EBAW) is a small international airport serving Antwerp, the second most populous city of Belgium. It is used for some scheduled and charter flights as well as business and general aviation and served 110,320 passengers in 2012. The airport is also home to a maintenance hangar of CityJet.


After the first flying events at the Wilrijkse Plein, work on a proper airport for the city started in 1921, under the impulse of pioneer aviator Jan Olieslagers and others. Sabena operated passenger services from 1924 from an old railway carriage as the only passenger infrastructure. A proper airport terminal was ordered by minister Maurice Lippens and inaugurated in 1930.

The airport was home to the aircraft factory Stampe et Vertongen until its demise after WW2.

During World War II the airport was used by the Luftwaffe, and also served the nearby Erla aircraft factory. After the German retreat in 1944, it saw brief use by Allied air forces, who called it B-52 (other sources state B-70).

BMI Regional announced the termination of their route to Manchester for 29 November 2013.[1][2] The scheduled routes to London-City and Manchester accounted for 63% of the passenger traffic in 2011.[3]



The airport consists of one small passenger terminal with basic facilities including service desks and a restaurant. The apron features ten stands for smaller aircraft such as the Fokker 50. As there are no jet bridges, walk-boarding is used. Due to its short runway length only just over 1500 metres, it is not possible to operate larger aircraft than the Boeing 737 at the airport.


The airport is operated by the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Government which made an agreement with the French engineering group Egis Group to operate it starting 2014 for a duration of 25 years.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
operated by VLM Airlines
Seasonal charter: Jersey
Jetairfly Alicante (begins 18 April 2015), Barcelona (begins 17 April 2015), Berlin-Tegel (begins 18 April 2015), Málaga (begins 17 April 2015), Milan-Malpensa (begins 17 April 2015), Palma de Mallorca (begins 20 April 2015)
Seasonal: Ibiza[4] (begins 3 July 2015)
Take Air
operated by Abelag Aviation
VLM Airlines Geneva,[5] Hamburg (begins 20 April 2015),[6] Southampton (begins 23 April 2015)[7]

There are additional charter operations from Abelag Aviation, Flying Group, Denim Air and VLM Airlines as well. The nearest major international airport is Brussels Airport approx. 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south.


Year Passenger volume Change over previous year Aircraft operations Change over previous year Cargo (tonnes) Change over previous year
2013 137,015 Decrease02.25% 43,390 Decrease07.91% 3,570 Decrease018.23%
2012 140,139 Decrease016.94% 46,962 Decrease011.52% 4,286 Increase01.27%
2011 166,078 Increase01.97% 52,701 Increase01.91% 4,232 Increase00.45%
2010 162,840 Decrease03.98% 51,703 Decrease015.30% 4,213 Decrease08.61%
2009 169,446 Decrease04.34% 60,266 Increase07.21% 4,592 Decrease019.12%
2008 176,971 Increase01.20% 56,072 Increase08.33% 5,562 Increase04.60%
2007 174,858 Increase016.74% 51,589 Decrease06.44% 5,312 Decrease024.93%
2006 147,849 Increase03.52% 55,023 Increase00.28% 6,825 Increase037.26%
2005 142,737 Decrease06.73% 54,871 Decrease05.77% 4,664 Increase08.56%
2004 152,682 Decrease09.72% 58,132 Decrease09.61% 4,281 Decrease013.55%

Other uses[edit]

The airport is home to several flying schools, aircraft maintenance and repair workshops, operators of business jets, to several hangars for private aircraft, and to the Museum Stampe-Vertongen.

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