With the privatisation of the Brussels Airport the government has imposed a model of economic regulation. The operation of the Brussels Airport is indeed a natural monopoly. In spite of the presence of some rival airports in the wide area of Brussels, Brussels Airport has a quasi-monopoly in its zone of influence.
That is why the authority thought fit to organise the necessary administrative supervision on the price-fixing by the private manager and on the quality of the provided service.
An operating license was issued to The Brussels Airport Company (for 75% owned by the Australian Macquarie group, for 25% owned by the Belgian State). This operating license contains a number of conditions and rules the holder has to meet.
In order to prevent abuse of the monopoly position, the Regulatory Service supervises that these conditions and rules are being met.
Since 2006, the airport managing body is using the commercial name "Brussels Airport" for the airport.