Population estimate, 2015: 11.30 m.
GNI per capita, 2014: (PPP$) 41,187
HDI/world rank, 2014: 0.890/21
Internet domain extension: .be
The former national airline SABENA (Société anonyme belge d’exploitation de la navigation aérienne) was set up in 1923. However, in Nov. 2001 it filed for bankruptcy. Its successor, Delta Air Transport (DAT), a former SABENA subsidiary, was given a new identity in Feb. 2002 as SN Brussels Airlines. In Nov. 2006 SN Brussels Airlines merged with Virgin Express and since March 2007 has been trading under the name Brussels Airlines. The busiest airport is Brussels National Airport (Zaventem), which handled 18,710,388 passengers in 2008 and 658,743 tonnes of freight.
Cool temperate climate influenced by the sea, giving mild winters and cool summers. Brussels, Jan. 36 °F (2.2 °C), July 64 °F (17.8 °C). Annual rainfall 33″ (825 mm). Ostend, Jan. 38 °F (3.3 °C), July 62 °F (16.7 °C). Annual rainfall 31″ (775 mm).