GEN 4.2  Air Navigation Services Charges

1   BELGOCONTROL

1.1   Amount of the Charges

Belgocontrol levies a charge for each take-off in the charging zone of EBBR, the amount of which is equal to the product of the formula:

U x Wi x Ei x Di x Oi x α

in which:

  • “U” is the unit rate;
  • “Wi” is the number of chargeable terminal service units of this flight;
  • “Ei” is the environmental factor of this flight;
  • “Di” is the day/night factor of this flight;
  • “Oi” is the ATS optimisation factor of this flight;
  • “i” identification of the individual flight;
  • “α” is the compensation coefficient allowing to offset the revenue surplus or deficit due to the application of factors E, O and D.

U: the unit rate (U) is set at 167.34 EUR.

W: the number of terminal service units (W) equals the weight factor for the aircraft concerned. The weight factor, expressed according to Annex V of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) nr. 391/2013 as a figure taken to two decimal places, shall be the quotient, obtained by dividing by fifty the number of metric tons in the highest maximum certified take-off weight of the aircraft, referred to in Annex IV point 1.5 of the Regulation, to the power of 0.7.

E: the environmental factor (E) is determined according to the noise categories of the aircraft and equals:

  • 0.85 for CAT A;
  • 0.90 for CAT B;
  • 0.95 for CAT C;
  • 1.05 for CAT D;
  • 1.20 for CAT E;
  • 1.70 for CAT F.

The noise category of an aircraft is determined by means of noise certification data of the aircraft type concerned, in accordance with ICAO Annex 16, Volume I, Part 2. The category is determined as follows:

  • CAT A: Ntot ≤ Nmax - 20 EPNdB. The difference between the noise certification value and the maximum value shall correspond to at least 4 EPNdB for each measuring point;
  • CAT B: Ntot ≤ Nmax - 15 EPNdB. The difference between the noise certification value and the maximum value shall correspond to at least 3 EPNdB for each measuring point;
  • CAT C: Ntot ≤ Nmax - 10 EPNdB. The difference between the noise certification value and the maximum value shall correspond to at least 2 EPNdB for each measuring point;
  • CAT D: Ntot ≤ Nmax - 5 EPNdB. The difference between the noise certification value and the maximum value shall correspond to at least 1 EPNdB for each measuring point;
  • CAT E: Ntot ≤ Nmax. The noise certification value does not exceed the maximum value for any measuring point;
  • CAT F: the noise certification value exceeds the maximum value in a measuring point.

And in which:

  • Ntot: the sum of the three noise certification values in EPNdB for the noise level in lateral flight, landing and TKOF of the aircraft type concerned at MTOW.
  • Nmax: the sum of the maximum noise certification values in EPNdB for the noise level in lateral flight, landing and TKOF of the aircraft type concerned at MTOW and determined according to ICAO Annex 16, Volume I, Part 2, Chapter 3.

For aircraft of which the type was certified according to ICAO Annex 16, Volume I, Part 2, Chapter 2, Nmax is raised by 2.1 dB.

In the absence of the certification data according to the ICAO provisions, the certification data according to the EASA provisions can also be used.

For certain types of aircraft, for which no noise certification is required, and for which no or only partial noise data are at disposal, a suitable procedure is established in consultation with the aircraft operator in order to obtain a realistic Nmax value.

For that purpose, Belgocontrol uses the classification of aircraft into categories drawn up by the competent service of Brussels Airport.

D: The day/night factor (D) equals (D1 + D2)/2, in which D1 represents the day/night factor for landing and D2 is the day/night factor for TKOF.

D1 is determined by means of the table below:

Day/night factor for landing (D1)Noise quota flight (QC)
QC<8.08.0≤QC<1212≤QC
0500 - 0559 (0400 - 0459)1.251.251.5
0600 - 0659 (0500 - 0559)1.01.01.25
0700 - 1959 (0600 - 1859)0.91.01.0
2000 - 2159 (1900 - 2059)1.01.01.25
2200 - 0459 (2100 - 0359)2.02.252.25

D2 is determined by means of the table below:

Day/night factor for landing (D2)Noise quota flight (QC)
QC<8.08.0≤QC<1212≤QC
0500 - 0559 (0400 - 0459)1.251.53.0
0600 - 0659 (0500 - 0559)1.11.252.25
0700 - 1959 (0600 - 1859)0.91.01.0
2000 - 2159 (1900 - 2059)1.11.252.25
2200 - 0459 (2100 - 0359)2.02.53.0

For that purpose, Belgocontrol uses the noise classification (QC) of aircraft drawn up by the competent service of Brussels Airport.

The TKOF time is the actual time at which the aircraft lifts-off.

O: the ATS optimisation factor (O) is determined as follows, whereby M represents the certified MTOW:

  • for M ≤ 25 ton:
    O= 0.16 + 25.2/(M+5);
  • for 25 ton < M ≤ 150 ton:
    O= 1;
  • for 150 ton < M ≤ 375 ton:
    O= 1-(M-150)/1 140.64 for the year 2015;
    O= 1-(M-150)/2 162.60 for the year 2016;
    O= 1 as from the year 2017;
  • for 375 ton < M:
    O= 0.80274 for the year 2015;
    O= 0.89596 for the year 2016;
    O= 1 as from the year 2017.

α = ΣWi / Σ[Wi x Ei x Di x Oi].

α is calculated on the data of the year n-2.

1.2   Exemptions

Exempted from this charge are aircraft:

  • flights performed exclusively for the transport, on official mission, of reigning Monarchs and their immediate family, head of state, heads of Government and Government Ministers; in all cases, the exemption must be substantiated by the appropriate status indicator or remark on the flight plan;
  • search and rescue flights authorised by the appropriate competent body;
  • flights performed exclusively for the purpose of checking or testing equipment used or intended to be used as ground aids to air navigation, excluding positioning flights by the aircraft concerned;
  • flights forced to return;
  • humanitarian flights authorised by the appropriate competent body;
  • customs and police flights.
1.3   Remarks

The charge laid down by the present regulations does not include VAT, if any.

The above-mentioned charge has to be paid to the airport manager or his deputy in specie, with a eurocheque or by means of any electronic instrument of payment.

Payment on a later date is possible on the understanding that Belgocontrol has given prior written agreement. In that case, the deposit of a guarantee can be required.

Provision of air navigation services will be refused to debtors unwilling to pay outstanding ATC charges with conventional enforcement measures. Belgocontrol will inform its debtors in writing of the deadline from when the provision of air navigation services will be discontinued if payment is not received. After the expiry of this deadline all Belgocontrol regions and local units will be instructed not to accept any flight plans from such debtors nor to issue start-up permission, taxi or take-off clearances.

1.4   Military Aircraft

Belgian military aircraft are exempted from charge. Foreign military aircraft are exempted from charge if their State grants a similar advantage to Belgian military aircraft on a properly settled reciprocal basis.

2   ANA

2.1   General

All landings are free of TNC charges, only departing aircraft shall pay a TNC charge.

Aircraft with a MTOW of 2 T or less shall pay a fixed TNC charge of 6.10 EUR.

Aircraft with a MTOW of 2 T or less shall pay a unique TNC charge, including the service provided while performing touch-and-goes.

2.2   Amount of Charges

The formula used for the calculation of the TNC charges is shown below and applies for any aircraft with a MTOW above 2 T:

R = U x (MTOW/50)0.7 x E x D x α

in which:

  • “R” is the TNC charge per departure aircraft in EUR;
  • “U” is the unit rate (set to 224.80 EUR for 2016 and to 220.64 EUR for 2017);
  • MTOW” is the maximum take-off weight of the aircraft expressed in tons;
  • “E” is the environmental factor;
  • “D” is the day/night factor;
  • “α” is the compensational factor (set to 0.80 for 2016 and 2017).
2.2.1   Environmental factor

The environmental factor (E) is determined according to the table below:

Acoustic CategoryV (acoustic factor)E
CAT A (least noisy)10 or more0.90
CAT Bbetween 7.5 (included) and 101.00
CAT Cbetween 5 (included) and 7.51.25
CAT D (most noisy)less than 51.50

In order to define the environmental factor (E), an acoustic factor (V) will be used.

The acoustic factor is obtained by dividing through the number of engines of the aircraft the difference of the aircraft maximum noise level value(s) as specified in ICAO Annex 16 and the actual aircraft noise level value(s) figuring on the noise certification data sheet.

In case of multiple values for lateral, approach, fly over, overflight and/or take-off noise levels, cumulative noise values will be used.

In the case of ICAO Annex 16 chapters containing sub-chapters (e.g. chapter 8, 10 or 11), the highest maximum noise levels will be considered.

In case of multiple values for MTOW, the highest MTOW shall be applied.

2.2.2   Day/Night factor

The day/night factor (D) is determined according to the table below:

TKOF timeD
0500 - 2200 (0400 - 2100)1.00
2201 - 2300 (2101 - 2200)1.50
2301 - 0459 (2201 - 0359)2.00

The take-off time on the flight progress strip applies.

2.3   Noise Certification Data Sheet

In order to allow for the correct calculation of the TNC, especially with regard to the environmental factor it is strongly recommended to submit all noise certification date sheet(s) to the ANA AIS/ARO Department prior to departure (see GEN 3.1).

In the case that the noise certificate has not been received prior to departure, is unreadable or does not provide actual noise level values, the environmental factor (E) is considered as 1.50.

In this context the correct environmental factor (E) can only be applied starting from the date the noise certificate has been received by ANA AIS/ARO Department. Backwards recalculation prior to the date of reception of the noise certificate cannot be performed.

2.4   Exemptions

The following aircraft are exempted from TNC:

  • aircraft with a MTOW of 2 T or less which are owned/operated by an approved flying school. In order to benefit from this exemption, proof of ownership/operation by a flying school shall be submitted at least 48 HR prior to operating the flight. Backwards recalculation prior to the date of reception of the documents cannot be performed;
  • military aircraft;
  • flights operated for governmental needs;
  • flights carrying head of State;
  • humanitarian flights;
  • search and rescue flights;
  • flights in distress;
  • flights operating in the interest of the State of Luxembourg (e.g. ILS calibration flights).

Note: medical flights are not exempted from TNC.

2.5   Payment Terms

If the bill is not paid within thirty days from the date of invoice, ANA reserves the right to charge default interest. After sixty days late, ANA will automatically send a formal notice to the debtor and will charge default interest in accordance and as foreseen in the national legislation.

ANA may prohibit the flight of any aircraft for which the charges due under this regulation have not been paid within the time prescribed above.

3   ROUTE CHARGES

The route charges for the Brussels FIR/UIR are managed by Eurocontrol’s Central Route Charges Office (CRCO). Details can be consulted on the Eurocontrol website: