Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Address: Rue des Frères Wright 8, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium
Telephone: +32 902 02 490
Serves: Charleroi, Brussels-Capital Region
- International Air Transport Association (IATA): CRL
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): EBCI
CRL departures today
About About Brussels South Charleroi International Airport departures
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is located in Charleroi. The location of the airport is south of the capital Brussels. It is an international airport that took refuge in 2001 after Ryanair decided to offer many flight routes. In the meantime, more than 8 million passengers a year use the airport. In addition to Ryanair, the low-cost airlines TUI fly and Wizz Air also offer many flights. Most flights only fly during certain seasons. There are two terminals and and has 1 runway, which is 8366 feet (2550 meters) long for all Charleroi departures. The airport is 614 feet (187 m) above sea level. The time zone is UTC + 1 (DST + 2) time zone.
Top routes from CRL
- OTP – Bucharest
- BUD – Budapest
- BGY – Bergamo Milan
- TSF – Tenerife South
- SAW – Istanbul Sabiha
- LIS – Lisbon
- WMI – Warsaw Modlin
- MRS – Marseille
- ALC – Alicante
- AGP – Malaga
History of Charleroi Airport
The airport is located in Gosselies which is located in Charleroi. The city center is 4 miles / 7 km away. The very first Brussels South departures were already there in 1919. During the WW II it was used for the allied air forces. After that it remained for aeronautical constructions. It was not until the 70’s that a national airline called Sabena was introduced with a route to the Netherlands and abroad. The Charleroi flight departures went to Liege and London but due to lack of popularity this soon stopped. The airport continued to be used for pleasure and private CRL airport departures.
In the 90s there was real growth mainly due to the Charleroi airport departures of the airline Ryanair. There were flights to Liverpool and London-Stansted. This was followed by more low-cost airlines such as Wizz Air, Air Polonia, Jet4you, TUI fly, Jetairfly with flights to Poland (Warsaw and Katowice), Casablanca and more. These days also Air Belgium and Pegasus Airlines offer flights to various destinations like (SAW) Istanbul, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre. Due to a new terminal that was opened in 2008, the numbers of Charleroi departures increased again, resulting in 5 million passengers in the year later.
A second terminal in 2017 allowed for further growth with a total capacity of 10 million passengers. In 2019 there were just over 8 million and due to the corona crisis this is unfortunately a lot less. The low numbers of Brussels South departures resulted in only 2.6 million passengers in 2020 and in 2021 there will also not be flying at full capacity.
Charleroi airport ground transportation
There are several options for arriving at the airport. If you decide to drive to Brussels South Charleroi Airport by car, it may be useful to reserve a parking space. Depending on how far you want to be from the airport or pay for it, there are several options. For a longer period we recommend Low Cost P3 and P4. For a closer look, you can also park at P2, P1 or Premium+Lock. If you only want to drop off family or friends, you can use Express Parking. You do have to pay for this, but you can drop someone off right in front of the terminal.
You can also use a shuttle bus. The company Flibco makes it possible to travel to many cities within Belgium for a reasonable price. Another option is to travel by train. Then your departure or arrival could be outside Belgium. You travel from Charleroi Airport first to Charleroi Sud train station with a shuttle bus and then travel further by train.
There is also a possibility to rent a car at Charleroi Airport. This way you can easily move quickly to any destination. For a short ride and a lot of flexibility, you can also travel further by taxi. Charleroi departures by taxi are possible from various providers.
Charleroi Airport flight routes
Other destinations not mentioned before for which many Charleroi flight departures are: