20 years of Belgocontrol

For 20 years, Belgocontrol has been ensuring the safety of air traffic in Belgium. Nearly 900 employees are at the service of our customers - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A look back at 20 highlights in the history of Belgocontrol. Follow the milestones of our company's history.

2000: Electronic flight strips

In 2000, Belgocontrol introduced the electronic flight strips. François was present when we took this new step forward in the air traffic control.

2003: AIM-Meteo Briefing

In 2003, Belgocontrol brought flight information and weather forecasts closer to its customers thanks to the new AIM Meteo platform. Raf explains what this meant for the safety of the airspace.

2004: ISO 9001 certification

In 2004, Belgocontol committed itself to the ISO 9001 standard, a quality label for companies that want to improve their customer satisfaction. Charline is very proud of what she accomplished with Belgocontrol.

2004: New control tower in Brussels

At the end of 2004, the new Belgocontrol control tower was put into operation at Brussels Airport. Ariane had wanted to become an air traffic controller since she was 17 and considers the tower to be the most beautiful office in the world.

2005: Upgrade radars to Mode S

Since 2005, Belgocontrol has been equipping its radars with Mode S, which has made our data even more accurate. For Chris, it is important that Belgocontrol is always up to date. ​

2005: Move to new headquarters

In 2005, after three years of construction to build the new control tower and offices, Belgocontrol's headquarters was inaugurated in Steenokkerzeel. Jean-François remembers that from that moment on, all the employees were gathered on the same site

2008: Advanced Airport Movement System

In 2008, a ground radar and safety nets were added to Belgocontrol's Airport Movement System. Jan is very proud of this in-house development because it allows Belgocontrol to meet operational demands.

2009: First "green landings"

In 2009, Belgocontrol carried out the first CDO tests. These are procedures that allow aircraft to land by reducing CO2 emissions and noise pollution. Marilyn is delighted that these "green landings" will soon be possible at all Belgian airports.

2009: Opening of the new control centre CANAC 2

In 2009, Belgocontrol inaugurated its CANAC 2 control centre, which manages overflight movements over Belgium and part of Luxembourg. Philippe saw it as a reference for the rest of Europe.

2010: Signature of the FABEC treaty

In 2010, Belgium created FABEC, the common airspace of the Benelux countries, Germany, France and Switzerland. Tom is proud of the important role Belgocontrol plays in this European airspace to optimize air navigation services.

2011: 24/7 service of Belgocontrol at Liège Airport

Since 2011, Belgocontrol has been providing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Liège Airport. For Olivier, the airport of Liège has a specific business, because this airport mainly counts cargo companies among its customers.

2014: Large investment program

In 2014, Belgocontrol decided to invest nearly 100 million euros in its technical infrastructure. For Raphaël, Belgocontrol is a company that evolves quickly and strongly, like the world around us.

2015: Satellite navigation

In 2015, Belgocontrol published the first satellite navigation procedure that does not require any ground infrastructure. For Paul, it is important that all runways in Belgium will soon be equipped with this technology, thanks to Belgocontrol.

2016: AIM Belgium

In 2016, AIM Belgium was created, a cooperation between Belgocontrol and the Belgian Defence to provide aeronautical information. Johan proudly tells us how Belgocontrol can make all the difference.

2017: Wind turbines map

In 2017, Belgocontrol's urbanism department published a map to highlight the possibilities of building wind turbines in Belgium. Annabel has participated in studies to determine the most innovative technologies.

2017: Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport

Since November 2017, Belgocontrol has been active at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport. We provide flight information and weather services there. Alex is very happy that this complex operation went so well.

2018: Launch of Droneguide

In 2018, Belgocontrol launched Droneguide, a website and mobile application for drone users in Belgium. The 40,000 visitors on the launch day gave Hendrik-Jan a real sense of happiness.

2018: Entry Point North Belgium

In September 2018, Belgocontrol created its first joint venture. Entry Point North Belgium is responsible for the training of air traffic controllers and technical staff. Hans is pleased with this cooperation, which allows Belgocontrol to maintain its expertise and to have a trusted partner at its side.

1998-2018: 20 years at Belgocontrol

In 1998, Nicolas started as an air traffic controller with the Regie der Luchtwegen/Régie des Voies Aériennes, which became Belgocontrol the same year. In the 20 years of its existence, approximately 20 million aircraft have flown over the Belgian sky under the watchful eye of Belgocontrol.

2018: 20 years of Belgocontrol

This year, Belgocontrol celebrates its 20th anniversary. CEO Johan Decuyper is looking forward to the future of the company, thanks to the commitment of its nearly 900 employees. Belgontrol is evolving and innovating, particularly in the fields of drones and digitization.


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About skeyes

skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.


(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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