Ostend-Bruges International Airport
|Operator||Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish government|
|Serves||Bruges and Ostend|
|Elevation AMSL||13 ft / 4 m|
Ostend-Bruges International Airport (in Dutch: Internationale Luchthaven Oostende-Brugge; commonly: Ostend Airport) is an international airport located in Ostend, Belgium, near the coast and about 25 km from the city centre of Bruges. Although an important proportion of the activities focuses on freight transport, it is increasingly used for passenger flights, mainly charter and holiday flights organised by the tour operators. It is also often used for private business flights.
During the Second World War, the German occupiers moved the airfield of Ostend-Stene to a site in the territory of the municipality of Middelkerke, five kilometres southwest of Ostend. It played a major role in the air battle with Britain. After the war, the airport of Raversijde-Middelkerke was turned into an international airport by the Department of Airways which had been established by that time.
Development since the 2000s
On 1 May 2003, Ryanair started a new route between Ostend and London-Stansted. The airport was given a new name: “Ostend-Bruges International Airport”. However, Ryanair stopped operating the route in December 2003.
On 23 May 2003, Mr. Gino Vanspauwen was appointed CEO/Managing Director of Ostend-Bruges International Airport by the Flemish government. He effectively took up his duties on 1 June 2003.
The airport is operated by the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish government. The Flemish Government made an agreement with Egis Group to operate it starting 2014 for a duration of 25 years.
Since the beginning of 2014, there are plans to build a new airport terminal which has to replace the old one. The old terminal can not handle the increasing numbers of passengers if Wizz Air and Jetairfly open their new destinations. There are also plans to build a fully equipped cargo terminal with all necessary facilities. For 2015, a number of destinations were added to the ones of Jetairfly. It means that in the summer season of 2015, Jetairfly will operate with 20 destinations from Ostend.
Airlines and destinations
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir|
|Jetairfly||Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 29 October 2015)
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Djerba, Enfidha, Heraklion, Izmir, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South, Tirana
|Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium||Seasonal: Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Rhodes|
|Tunisair||Seasonal: Enfidha, Tunis|
|Tailwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen|
|Allied Air||Benghazi, Entebbe, Lagos, Miami, Nairobi|
|DHL Aviation||Leipzig/Halle, Malta|
|EgyptAir Cargo||Cairo, Cologne/Bonn, Tripoli|
Accidents and incidents
- On 21 July 1992, Douglas DC-3C LX-DKT of Legend Air was damaged beyond repair when it was blown into Boeing 707 Z-WKV during a storm. As of 28 July 2010, the aircraft was still at Oostende.
- On 26 July 1997 during an airshow taking place at the airport, a Jordanian stunt pilot, Captain Omar Hani Bilal of the Jordanian Air Force display team, the Royal Jordanian Falcons, was killed when he lost control of his Walter Extra EA300s. His plane crashed at the end of the runway and burst into flames near a Red Cross tent and spectator stands. On the ground, eight were killed and forty injured.
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