Brussels Airport constructs spotter places in Zaventem and Steenokkerzeel
Each day, dozens of spotters come to Brussels Airport. The large diversity of airlines, the special aircraft and the dynamism attract quite a few plane spotters to the airport, some of them from across the border. Brussels Airport wants to provide safe and interesting places for spotters where they can exercise their favourite hobby and for this reason it is investing in the construction of two spotter places in Zaventem and Steenokkerzeel.
Last year, Brussels Airport held a survey of the spotters who regularly come to the airport. Around 1,700 spotters responded and indicated what they considered important for a fixed spotters’ place and what this location should ideally look like.
Since there are currently no regulated locations for spotters in the municipalities around the airport, Brussels Airport has, in consultation with spotters and neighbouring municipalities, looked for nearby places that meet both the wishes of the spotters and the provisions for security and safety. Brussels Airport has identified two places where a spotter area can and will be built. Brussels Airport Company will shortly submit a permit application and, if the application is successful, the construction of the spotter places can begin this year.
When designing the spotter places, account was not only taken of the wishes of the spotters; for Brussels Airport it was also important that sustainable materials should be used and that information about the airport in general would be given. Brussels Airport is also constructing a small parking at the start of runway 25L so that there are sufficient parking spaces for spotters in Steenokkerzeel.
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