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Province of West-Flanders – Provincie West-Vlaanderen (BE)

Contact details

Web site: http://www.west-vlaanderen.be/
Organisation: Province of West-Flanders
Street: Provinciehuis Boeverbos, Koning Loepold III - laan 41
City: B-8200 Sint-Andries (Brugge)
Country: Flanders, Belgium
Contact: Mr Wim Stubbe
Email: wim.stubbe [ a t ] west-vlaanderen.be
Telephone: +32 50 40 34 08
Fax: +32 50 40 31 06

Province of West-Flanders

Brugges, Part of the facade of the Beguinage
Brugges, Part of the facade of the Beguinage
(© Paul Miyagawa)
Cycling in West Flanders
Cycling in West Flanders
(©  VisitFlanders.co.uk)
Damse Vaart Ypres cloth hall

The many attractions of West Flanders. West Flanders is popular with foreigners as well as with Belgians. Its attractions include the coast, stretching for 67 km from Knokke-Heist in the East to De Panne in the West, the Westhoek, the many towns of cultural and historic value, the Westflemish hills, and much more. Holidaymakers can walk or bike, swim and sun, go sailing or horse-riding, enjoy the province's culture and gastronomic delights, and much more.

Signposted tracks. The Province spoils its visitors with signposted tracks for cycling and mountain biking, with walking circuits and motoring routes, with a network of bridle paths and with landing stages for pleasure boating. West Flanders has a dozen provincial domains with a total amount of over 1,000 ha, which form the green lung of the province.

Historic sites. The many historic cities of Flanders are now among Europe's most popular city tourism destinations. Their Grand Squares, guild houses, magnificent cathedrals remind of a wealthy and influential past. The many small squares, cobbled streets, churches and beguinages evoke the atmosphere of a pre-industrial way of life.

The economy. Flanders is a key economic region within Europe. It owes this position to its central location in the middle of the Western European industrial area. Throughout history, Flanders has always been a very important link in the European economy. The Flemish textile industry was crucial for the economic well-being of the Low Countries through the ages. Nowadays the textile and carpet industry still plays a prominent part, together with the petrochemical, car assembly, diamond and metalworking industries. Many products are exported to the international market. An important advantage is the high level of education and multilingualism among the professional population.

The role of provincial government. Through its representation in the Regional Corporation for Economic Development (GOM) the Province of West Flanders realizes projects in all sectors of the economy. A friendly climate for investment in industry and business and optimal working conditions are basic priorities for economic development. The Province thus strives to create ten thousands of extra job opportunities. In collaboration with the local authorities the Province arranges good infrastructure and sufficient industrial space.

Transport. Flanders has an excellent transport network. Next to a vast motorway and railway network, Flanders has miles of navigable waterways. Without the river Scheldt for example, the port of Antwerp would never be what it is today. The port possesses one of the biggest docklands of Europe. Next to the port of Antwerp, the seaport of Zeebrugge is also of major economic importance.

Brussels International Airport at Zaventem ensures Flanders is easily accessible for the traveller. Furthermore, Flanders also has regional airports, for example those at Deurne, Airport Ostend-Bruges and Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport.

Participating airports:

Airport Ostend Bruges

Street: Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 889
City: B-8400 Oostende
Web site: http://www.ost.aero/
Contact: Mr Gino Vanspauwen
Email: gino.vanspauwen [ a t ] mow.vlaanderen.be
Telephone: +32 59-55 12-88 / -00 / -11
Fax: + 32 59 70 5512/ 5512 28 / 5132 51

Specialised in freight business. Ostend Airport is the best known of all the Belgian regional airports, with a runway of 3200 m and a very cargo-friendly concept, with a specialisation in outsized cargo and livestock. Customers like its proximity, having excellent access to Europe's motorway networks, its small scale and pleasant family character, and its parking facilities. The airport offers rapid access to the seaports of Ostend and Zeebrugge. The new perishable centre has a capacity of 300 tons and was approved by European Commission (2001/812/EG).

The freight volume in 2005 increased by 10.9 % compared to 2004 : 108.260 tons during 2005 compared to 97.582 tons during 2004. This freight figure represents a new volume record on the airport succeeding the previous record year namely the year 1999 with 107,985 tons.

Growth in passenger numbers. The number of passengers increased by 13.4% : 126,144 passengers in 2005 compared to 111,275 in 2004. In 2005, the number of movements decreased compared to 2004. In 2005, there were 25,132 movements compared to 32,982 in 2004 i.e. a decrease by 23.8%.

Sustainable development. The airport management does not exclusively aim at unlimited growth but wishes to obtain a perfect balance between economic and ecological success parameters. The increase of the freight volume linked to a decrease of the number of movements is fully in line with the principles of sustainable development.

Logistics & Business Park. A Logistics & Business Park, exclusively reserved for air-linked activities, is available at Ostend-Bruges International Airport. The area is connected to the existing runway by a taxiway which can accommodate the largest type of aircraft.

The area is divided into airside and landside. Each section occupies an area of approx. 120.000 sqare metres. The industry road of this airport zone is situated next to the main road connecting the airport to the E40-motorway.

Airport Kortrijk-Wevelgem

Street: Luchthavenstraat 1
City: B-8560 Wevelgem
Web site: http://www.kortrijkairport.be/
Contact: Mr Stefaan Van Eeckhoutte
Email: airport.kortrijk.directeur [ a t ] skynet.be
Telephone: +32 56-35 14 12 / +32 56 36 2045
Fax: +32 56-35 40 59 / +32 56 35 40 59

The business airport. Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport has a reputation as a fast, flexible and remarkably accessible business airport, handling some 100.000 passengers passing year. Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport is proof that flying can still be safe and fast. Its compact size makes it extraordinarily flexible and efficient when it comes to satisfying travellers’ needs especially when you consider its central location in Europe and the international reach of the region.

Services for the future. Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport is the first choice for planes and helicopters of countless companies and individuals that are active in the broad region around the airport. Why? Because it is fast and easily accessible, with services tailored to the customer’s needs, always fully supplied, and because it boasts a modern infrastructure that is tuned into the future.

Infrastructure. The airport has a renovated runway of 2 km length, which is wide enough to ensure comfortable landings and take-offs for a wide range of aircraft types.

Exclusive business zone. Along the runway the business zone is reserved for specific airport activities. Companies located in this exclusive zone have direct access to the runway, the ideal solution for everybody active in the construction or maintenance of aircraft. Needless to say, this zone is provided with hangars for planes or helicopters owned by companies and individuals.

Last update: 07 September 2006

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