Direct flights largely cater for the business community and prices are often accordingly high. Low-cost services from the UK have tended to come and go in recent years. Low-cost airlines have been reluctant to start services from London and the south of England due to competition from Eurostar train services. The cheapest fares in recent years have been with airlines like Ryanair, Flybe, Easyjet, bmi regional and Brussels Airlines.
Any flight search for Brussels flights should include Brussels International and Brussels Charleroi. The vast majority of scheduled flights head for Brussels International., the closest airport to the city centre. Flights with Ryanair head for Brussels South Charleroi Airport, 45km south of the city.
The centre of historic Brussels is a short 11km transfer from Brussels Airport. Up to 4 trains an hour run to the principal stations of Brussels Central, Brussels North and Brussels South. Journey time is 20 minutes. Airport buses connect the airport with the city centre Brussels, transport hubs like the Brussels North railway station, and key business and political institutions like Brussels Expo, NATO and the EU. The cheapest airlines in recent years have been bmi regional and Brussels Airlines. Choice of UK departure points typically include Manchester, Edinburgh, London City, East Midlands, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
45km south of Brussels but with excellent public transport connections with the Belgian capital. A small airport with a limited traffic. Most flights from the UK have been operated by low-cost airline Ryanair. Routes have tended to come and go in recent years and have included services from London Stansted and Liverpool. UK departure points in 2012 include Manchester and Edinburgh
A very small airport with just a handful of departures every day. The city is just 2km from the airport. Buses connect the airport terminal with Antwerp Berchem railway station. The cheapest direct flights in recent years have been with CityJet, with direct flights from London City Airport and Manchester. Bmi Regional announced the introduction of flights from Manchester in September 2012.
The nearest airport to Bruges is Ostend-Bruges International Airport, located close to Ostend on the Belgian coast. Bruges is 25km from the airport. Low-cost airline Ryanair introduced a route to Ostend-Bruges in 2003 but discontinued the route in the same year. At present (late 2012) there are no direct flights from the UK.