A terrorist attack did not deflect Belgium’s hub airport from forging ahead with development plans and breaking passenger records, as Matt Falcus explains.

United Airlines is one of many carriers that offer long-haul services from Brussels Airport.

When it comes to all things European, Brussels is at the centre. It is the headquarters of the European Commission and home to one of the seats of the European Parliament. Many regard it as Europe’s unofficial capital. It makes Brussels Airport a strategic asset for Belgium, a nation of just over 11 million people. The facility suffered a grievous terrorist attack in 2016, but recovered superbly last year, while still addressing environmental pressures and even the needs of aviation enthusiasts.

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