skeyes receives payment for services provided to our regional airports and national airport

The Council of Ministers gave the go-ahead for paying skeyes the service fee for 2021. This will help the national air navigation service provider to continue to operate. 

As a result of the enormous drop in air traffic at the Belgian airports and in the Belgian airspace, skeyes' income also decreased. These mainly come from airline companies that compensate skeyes for the services it provides. Another part comes from the federal and regional authorities according to an allocation key. However, the fixed costs for skeyes persist because the company has to remain operational in order to guarantee safety for the remaining traffic.

In 2020, skeyes managed to respond to this major challenge thanks to the strategy of the last five years which made skeyes a healthy financial company. In line with government guidelines, skeyes also switched to teleworking for all non-operational services and all measures to protect the health and safety of staff were strictly applied.

In order to remain solvent, skeyes had to resort to public aid via the federal government and Eurocontrol in 2020. This support was conditional on internal measures such as phasing out historical leave.

Dominique Dehaene

skeyes - Communication Manager & Spokesperson

Audrey Dorigo

Porte-Parole, skeyes

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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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