Instead of flying to Brussels Airport, visitors would travel to Bruegel Airport. Mr De Schrijver has launched a petition to drum up support. A name change is timely as this is the Bruegel Year. Brussels Airlines already has a Bruegel aircraft.
Mr De Schrijver points to Italy where airports have been named after Italian greats Marco Polo and Leonardo Da Vinci: "Bruegel is our greatest landscape painter: Bruegel International Airport would be a great name. The 450th anniversary of his death is being marked this year, but after that the focus will shift. This would be a permanent tribute”.
In any race for a name change for Brussels Airport Bruegel would have his rivals as he is not the only Belgian great.