BRUSSELS - From the smouldering ashes of Sabena to the first flight of Brussels Airlines, via the parcels of DHL and Chinese tourists in Brussels: this book tells the story of a world in change in the sky. On the basis of documents, figures, analyses and privileged witnesses, it also sketches a portrait of what Belgium will look like from the air.

The crash of the Belgian national airway corporation Sabena had a big impact. Since the biggest bankruptcy in Belgian history, roaring names such as Sobelair, Van Gaever Airlines, Virgin Express and VLM Airlines have disappeared from the departures board. Other, more exotic names such as Hainan, Thai, Qatar and Jet Airways took their place. Meanwhile, the small Walloon airport Charleroi Airport - better known as Brussels South - grew at record speed into a European hub of low-cost airlines. Ryanair saw, came and received millions of euros in subsidies. And Liège is suddenly able to handle more freight traffic than Zaventem, which experienced an identity crisis after the departure of courier service DHL.

Could Sabena have been saved? How much money disappeared from Belgium forever? Why will Brussels Airlines fly under German wings? As a passenger, which airport should you choose: Zaventem or Charleroi? Will Belgium only exist in the air, or will we soon speak of a Brussels corridor to the Walloon airspace? Aeronautical policy in Belgium: a nostalgic pastime of foreign politicians or a tough business in which Belgians no longer play a role globally?

Steven Decraene

Steven Decraene is a Belgian journalist.

Luk De Wilde

Luk De Wilde is an independent journalist specialized in aviation.

Guido Meeussen

Guido Meeussen is a Belgian journalist.
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BOOK (in Dutch)

  • Title: Turbulente Tijden
  • Subtitle: De Belgische luchtvaart na Sabena
  • Authors: Steven Decraene, Luk De Wilde, Guido Meeussen
  • Editor: Van Halewyck
  • Pages: 280
  • ISBN: 9789461310651
  • Price:  € 19,95
  • Date of publication: 4 november 2011