Open Company Day: Belgocontrol opens its doors

On Sunday 1 October, Belgocontrol will participate in Open Company Day. That day, visitors will have the unique opportunity to step behind the scenes of air traffic control as it is performed at and around Brussels Airport and in the skies above Belgium. We will welcome 1,200 guests. Registrations start on 18 September at 10 a.m. ​

It is the third consecutive year for Belgocontrol to participate in Open Company Day. Aviation enthusiasts and other curious visitors are offered a unique opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of air traffic control in Belgium. Each year Belgocontrol manages over a million aircraft movements in Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – in complete safety, which is our top priority.

Two guided tours

Visitors can choose between two different guided tours. One will take them along the CANAC 2 national air traffic control centre, from where air traffic overflying Belgium is managed. The second tour takes our guests up in the air traffic control tower for a visit to our meteorological service and straight to the top of the tower, where they can see how Belgocontrol guarantees air traffic safety at and around Brussels Airport.

At various locations on our Steenokkerzeel site, our visitors will receive information about what we do at Belgocontrol. Our staff will provide explanation using ATC consoles that will be set up especially for Open Company Day. Visitors are also welcome to discover our vacancies in the Job Corner. Moreover, Belgocontrol will highlight its major sustainable projects for the future in the framework of this year’s central theme of Open Company Day (Entrepreneurs: at the ready for everyone): technological tools and information for local residents, environmental performances, future airspace vision and urbanism.

Win a helicopter flight

Visitors who pay attention will be rewarded: they can participate in our Open Company Day contest by simply filling out an entry form. Among the right answers, the winners will be drawn at random and our happy few will be invited at a later time for a helicopter flight over the airport.

Registration obligatory

For obvious capacity and security reasons we can only admit 1,200 visitors on 1 October. That is why members of the public who wish to visit Belgocontrol shall have to register in advance through the Open Company Day website (in Dutch: or French: on Monday 18 September 2017 as from 10 a.m. sharp. At your registration you also get to choose between the two guided tours we offer. Please make sure to have your identity card with you and be fast. Last year the available slots were filled in less than 20 minutes! ​

If you are among the first ones having completed the registration process, you will receive a confirmation e-mail afterwards, containing practical details such as the time of your visit and how long in advance you will have to be present, parking possibilities and safety regulations. We regret to inform you that children under 12 cannot participate in the visit to the control tower (neither do we provide childcare).

Practical details

Sunday 1 October 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tervuursesteenweg 303, 1820 Steenokkerzeel

Registration is obligatory via (Dutch) or (French)

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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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