This article is about Machelen in Flemish Brabant. For Machelen in East Flanders, see Machelen (Zulte).

St. Gertrudis church in Machelen


Coat of arms

Location in Belgium

Coordinates: 50°55′N 04°26′E / 50.917°N 4.433°E / 50.917; 4.433Coordinates: 50°55′N 04°26′E / 50.917°N 4.433°E / 50.917; 4.433
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde
  Mayor Jean-Pierre De Groef (sp.a)
  Governing party/ies sp.a, VLD, Spirit
  Total 11.59 km2 (4.47 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
  Total 14,764
  Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Postal codes 1830, 1831
Area codes 02

Machelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑxələ(n)]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Diegem and Machelen proper. On 1 January 2006 Machelen had a total population of 12,500. The total area is 11.59 km² which gives a population density of 1,078 inhabitants per km².

Machelen may have been the birthplace of composer Cypriano de Rore.

A portion of Brussels Airport is located in Diegem, Machelen.[2]


Brussels Airlines head office in Diegem, Machelen

Brussels Airlines has its corporate headquarters in the on the grounds of Brussels Airport and in Diegem, Machelen.[2][3] Brussels Airlines formed in 2006 as a result of a merger between SN Brussels and Virgin Express.[4]


  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. 1 2 "bedrijf.jpg." Machelen. Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  3. "Corp – Contact Us." Brussels Airlines. Retrieved on 23 October 2009.
  4. "Sabena reborn: SN Brussels-Virgin Express merger 'set to take former Belgian flag carrier brand'." Flight Global. 27 October 2006. Retrieved on 23 October 2009.

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