As the current environmental permit for Brussels Airport expires in July 2024, the Belgian airport has put in an application for a new, permanent permit in July 2023. In order for that permit to be accepted, a public inquiry is currently being held until January 8th. According to the document, it’s all about “renewing the existing licence to operate the airport within the current premises and infrastructure and under the current conditions”. That means no extra runways, nor extra night flights. Nothing will change to that regard.
However, the mobility infrastructure of the airport has been analysed and the goal clearly is to make Brussels Airport easier accessible for everyone. Part of that plan are the ring tram bus and the so-called airport tram, connecting the airport to the Belgian capital.
Furthermore, the Flemish public transport operator De Lijn is looking into the option of planning night buses, which would allow for both travellers and personnel to have easier access to the airport by public transportation, even at night. The bus would connect the airport to the city centre, passing by Rogier.
Belgian railway company SNCB has announced a similar scenario, which would go into effect from next Summer onwards. Moreover, a study is being carried out, considering the option of a high-speed train stopping at the airport train station. And lastly, there’s talk about deleting the ‘diabolo tax’ of 5,70 euros. That tax is currently being added to the price of a regular train ticket for everyone going to or leaving the airport station but could discourage people from taking public transportation to go to the airport.
As far as cyclists go, Brussels Airport has thought about them as well. New cycling lanes are in the books and there will be extra infrastructure which will make it easier for both passengers and personnel alike to join the airport by bike. Showers, lockers and extra bicycle storage are just some of the planned measures.