Ostend–Bruges International Airport

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Ostend–Bruges
International Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Flemish Region
Operator Egis Group
Serves Bruges and Ostend
Location Ostend, Belgium
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 51°11′56″N 002°51′44″E / 51.19889°N 2.86222°E / 51.19889; 2.86222Coordinates: 51°11′56″N 002°51′44″E / 51.19889°N 2.86222°E / 51.19889; 2.86222
Website ost.aero
Map
EBOS is located in Belgium
EBOS
EBOS
Location in Belgium
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,200 10,499 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Freight (tonnes) 64,041 t
Passengers 247,669
Aircraft movements 45,875
Sources: Belgian AIP[1]

Ostend–Bruges International Airport (Dutch: Internationale Luchthaven Oostende-Brugge) (IATA: OSTICAO: EBOS), commonly known simply as Ostend Airport (Dutch: Luchthaven Oostende), is an international airport located 2.7 nautical miles (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) south southwest[1] of Ostend, Belgium, near the coast and about 25 km (16 mi) from the city centre of Bruges. Although freight transport is the focus of a large proportion of its activities, the airport is increasingly used for passenger flights, mainly charter and holiday flights organised by tour operators. It is also often used for private business flights.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

During the Second World War, the German Luftwaffe 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.

In 1992, the ownership of the regional Flemish airport was transferred from the Belgian State to the Flemish Region.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

Main building

The airport was given a new name: "Ostend–Bruges International Airport".

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 was 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.

For 2015, Jetairfly began service to a number of new destinations from Ostend. In the summer season of 2015, Jetairfly operated services to a total 20 destinations.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Ostend–Bruges International Airport:[2]

Airlines Destinations
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir
TUI fly Belgium Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Málaga
Seasonal: Almería (begins 1 July 2017),[3] Antalya, Bodrum, Burgas, Eskisehir, Faro (begins 1 July 2017), Heraklion, Ibiza,[3] Izmir, Kos, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South, Varna
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
EgyptAir Cargo[4] Cairo, Milan-Malpensa

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[5] As of 28 July 2010, the aircraft was still at Ostend.[6]
  • 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.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Ostend–Bruges International Airport at Wikimedia Commons