I've always been curious about the state of BRU
, since it seems so relatively underserved by major airlines, even though the city hosts the headquarters of both the EU and NATO, as well as being the capital city of a former colonial empire. The only time I've been through it was to get to/from Amsterdam using an AAdvantage award, since AA
doesn't service AMS
. It seemed a nice enough airport, and even had free samples of freshly-made Godiva chocolates in the duty-free shopping area!
I've also noticed in prior years a number of low-cost intercontinental flights advertised on sandwich boards outside travel agencies in Holland specifically stated the fare was via Brussels. (This may not be currently the case, but I've not been back to the Netherlands in a few years.)
Even before Sabena's collapse, BRU
just didn't seem to gain the same utilization of other airports in their catchment area, such as AMS
. I would think between their prime location, large catchment of Belgium, southern Holland, and parts of northern France, and western Germany, plus the potential as a connection airport, and the obvious premium O/D traffic it receives, BRU
*should* have been teaming with activity, but the place was dead on both business days during the time trans-Atlantic flights normally arrive/depart. The train service between BRU
and Centraal Station in downtown Amsterdam was convenient, swift, reasonably priced, and comfortable. If I were to be traveling where a choice of BRU
was six of one, half-dozen of the other, the choice for me would definitely be BRU
after my experiences connecting at CDG
Is there something I'm missing in the economic viability or location of BRU
that never made it the premier airport in terms of traffic that I have assumed it should be?
Thanks in advance for your input,