On April 26, 2001, Ryanair made Brussels South Charleroi airport its first continental base.
Other airlines have followed in Ryanair's footsteps and diversified the offer on the airport tarmac. Jet4you started its operations in 2006, with direct service from Casablanca. In turn, the Private Wings company arrived in 2007 and started its operations towards Ingolstald.
Throughout these years, the number of passengers has continued to grow, making the airport more and more famous.
In 2005, the construction of a new terminal began to handle all passengers. The old terminal had become too small. This second terminal was inaugurated on January 28, 2008 by HRH Prince Philippe.
In 2009, an ILS CAT III “Instrument Landing System”, a tool for the pursuit of flight operations in low visibility conditions, was installed.
In the same year, Jetairfly (later renamed TUI Fly Belgium) and Air Arabia Maroc began operating at the airport, doubling the range of destinations offered from BSCA airport.
The Belgian airport, a new private shareholder, appeared in the BSCA ecosystem in 2011.
On March 30, 2014, Pegasus Airlines landed in Brussels South. Beyond its route to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, a large number of other destinations are offered by the airline. With this, the airport opens up to connections and allows you to fly to distant destinations in South Asia.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is entering a new chapter in its development.
The same year, the tour operator Thomas Cook decided to offer sun destinations to its customers from Brussels South Charleroi airport. The airport's offer is expanding rapidly.
In the following years, Brussels South Charleroi airport continued to expand and diversify by opening its terminal to more traditional airlines.
In 2017, BSCA saw the arrival on its tarmac of Air Corsica and Belavia planes.
With the number of passengers steadily increasing over the years, a second terminal was opened in December 2016. A parallel commercial expansion was also implemented, with work scheduled to be completed in summer 2019.
On January 31, 2018, Brussels South Charleroi Airport officially announced its opening to the world with the arrival of a new airline, Air Belgium, and its plans for flights to Hong Kong. Long-haul operators are now landing at BSCA airport.
The extension of the track from 2500m to 3200m is also an integral part of BSCA's strategy in the development of its activities. Work began in March 2019 and will be completed in 2021.
source: Brussels Charleroi Airport SOUTH (CRL)