From 23 June, travellers living in Ghent, Leuven and Bruges, as well as various cities in the Netherlands, will easily be able to make their way to Brussels Airport by bus.
Flibco, the private bus company that already organises transport to Brussels Charleroi airport from Brussels Midi/Zuid station, among others, will also be offering rides between Flemish, Walloon and Dutch cities and the international airport in Zaventem.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Flibco at Brussels Airport, as a valuable addition to the current transport offer," said Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
"Brussels Airport is not only a hub for air travel, but an intermodal hub as well, and we aim to further strengthen that role by working together with both private and public transport players."
Buses and shared mobility offerings
In total, 11 major cities in Belgium and abroad will be connected to the airport. The shuttle buses will connect the airport with Bruges and Ghent, as well as Lille, from 23 June until the end of July. Buses are expected to depart every 1.5 hours between 04:00 and just before midnight.
The other cities, including Antwerp, Liège, Breda, Eindhoven and Maastricht will be connected to the network in October of this year, while the Door2Gate shared mobility solution will cover the majority of Flemish Brabant, including Leuven, as well as Namur from €24.99.
"The system, based on a complex algorithm, locates all the travellers who want to reach the airport at similar times and determines the best route in light of traffic conditions, which reduces costs, pollution and road congestion," a press release read.
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This offering is possible as a result of the legal framework allowing private companies to provide passenger transport in Flanders being ready since November 2021. Flibco is the first company to obtain a licence to offer this type of service to people in the region.
"This will not only improve mobility and accessibility. It can also contribute to reducing the number of people travelling to the airport by private car," said Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister for Mobility.
The company has already stressed that it will not aim to be a competitor of the Flemish public transport company De Lijn, which also operates buses to Brussels Airport, but more locally.