Mission: Ensuring air traffic safety
Belgocontrol guarantees the safety of air navigation in the controlled civil airspace above Belgium and the grand duchy of Luxembourg for which Belgium is responsible, as well as at the five Belgian public airports:
- The airspace above Belgium: from ground level to flight level 245 (24,500 feet = 7,500 metres altitude). The control of the airspace situated above 24,500 feet has been delegated to MUAC (Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre), which is managed by Eurocontrol.
- The airspace above the grand duchy of Luxembourg from flight level 145/165 (14,500/16,500 feet) to flight level 245.
- The airports of Antwerp, Brussels Airport, Charleroi, Liège and Ostend.
Belgocontrol is an autonomous public company founded in 1998. Besides air traffic management and control, Belgocontrol provides many other services to civil aviation: pre-flight information, flight plan assistance, aeronautical and meteorological information, communication, navigation and surveillance services, as well as training of air traffic controllers. More than 750 persons among whom 300 air traffic controllers work on 7 sites, day and night, 365 days a year.
The conditions according to which Belgocontrol has to carry out its missions of public service are stated in a management contract concluded with the Belgian State. The 3rd management contract came into force on 1 July 2014 and will last for a period of 5 years.
The air traffic control sector in Europe is constantly evolving in economic, technologic and operational terms. Belgocontrol wishes to anticipate these evolutions proactively and shape the air traffic control environment of tomorrow by achieving the following vision:
"Belgocontrol wants to continue playing an important role in air traffic in the heart of the European airspace and for the Belgian airports, thanks to a high-performing and innovative service provision in consultation with its stakeholders."
Through this vision, Belgocontrol expresses its wish to be the privileged partner of airspace users and airports by providing them with high-quality, high-performance and innovative services.