Macquarie saw an opportunity to transform the airport’s capacity, service and sustainability to create long-term value for Belgium – overseeing more than €1 billion of capital investment over 15 years to transform the passenger experience and facilitate growth.
Passenger experience was also enhanced with the delivery of improvements to the airport’s retail layout and quality, reduced connection times and the introduction of state-of-the-art passenger processing facilities, including Europe’s largest security screening hall. In addition, Brussels Airport developed a new airport business district and oversaw the delivery of world-class cargo facilities to further its position as a logistics hub.
Macquarie’s long-sighted investment strategy ensured that initiatives to reduce the airport’s environmental impact were embedded in building and operation design. This included the installation of solar panels on rooftops and around the airport’s perimeter, which enabled Brussels Airport to generate 2,792 MWh of green energy to power its operations.1
Alongside the capital investment programme, flight route development was a key focus. Partnering with existing and new airlines, Brussels Airport was able to offer travellers 30 per cent more destinations served by nearly 80 carriers.2