Welcome to Spot CWL - Cardiff Airports spotting guide.

If you are looking to visit Cardiff Airport to take photographs or spot planes then this guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Cardiff Airport sees a varied mix of traffic from the regular Embraers, 737 and A320's through to BA's 747's, 777's and 787's that come in for maintenance.

The Airport also sees a good amount of military aircraft for training (and emergency diversions) as well as a variety of visitors from across the globe.

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Viewing Locations

North

  • Holiday Inn roundabout

    This location is strictly pedestrian only. Cars parked in or around the area will be moved on by the police immediately. It offers views on the apron and of aircraft landing and taking off from Runway 30.

East

  • Porthkerry Lane

    This is a popular spot when aircraft are using Runway 30. It offers heads on approach views to aircraft landing but no views across the airport. Parking here is tolerated but please respect it and use the bins provided. Also, park sensibly.

  • Lane to gate Porthkerry end

    This spot is pedestrian only. Vehicles blocking this lane will be removed by the police. Step ladders are recomended for this spot due to the high hedges but expect a "What are you up to" from security. For obvious reasons do not lean ladders onto the fence.

South

  • White Building overflow car park

    This is the most common area for viewing aircraft and can get very busy. It offers views across the airport with good photo opportunities on all runway directions and on the apron.

    Rhoose Road (from the roundabout up to Cardiff Aviation & The Flying Clubs) WILL be closed to all traffic on Friday 2nd (from 15:30hrs), Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th June (til 16:30hrs).

  • Playing Fields behind Fire Station

    This is a step ladder must. The public playing fields have a high hedge behind the fire station but for those who venture upwards, it affords full views across the airfield.

  • The Highwayman

    The Highwayman pub crash gate offers great views for aircraft using Runway 12. Parking is very limited though so its worth parking further away and walking up. Step ladders are useful but not essential for this location.

West

  • B4265 (Runway 12 Approach)

    This is the main road that runs around the North and West of the airport. It has several lay-bys and lanes for parking and offers good views of aircraft approaching runway 12.

  • Gate on lane from B4265 to Fonmon Castle

    Like the main road, this location offers great views of aircraft approaching runway 12 and will give you profile shots on short finals.

Important Safety Information

Airports are places that are under tight security. It is important that you adhere to the following rules otherwise you will find access being restricted for future events.

  • Park legally. Dont stop on main roads, grass verges or double yellow lines
  • Take any litter home with you
  • Do not put ladders on the fence
  • Dont use flash photography on approaching aircraft
  • Be security concious, if someone, or something doesn't look right, report it!
  • Do not obstruct Police or PCSO's if they ask you to move, or if they want to check who you are, co-operate.

Cardiff Airport Headlines

Cardiff Airport to take over passenger services at Anglesey
Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2019

Read Time: < 1 minute Cardiff Airport has secured an agreement to manage passenger services at Anglesey Airport (VLY/EGOV) from December 2019. The airport is located within RAF Valley is the only commercial airport in ...

The post Cardiff Airport to take over passenger services at Anglesey appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Rare Honeywell Flying Testbed arrives at Cardiff Airport
Posted on Sunday November 17, 2019

Read Time: < 1 minute A rare visitor to the UK skies graced Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) with its presence today as the Honeywell flying testbed arrived at the Welsh Airport. Boeing 757-200 N757HW is used ...

The post Rare Honeywell Flying Testbed arrives at Cardiff Airport appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Flying to New Zealand? why not use your local airport?
Posted on Wednesday October 23, 2019

Read Time: 2 minutes With Air New Zealand (NZ/ANZ) ending its London to Auckland via Los Angeles service from October 2020, the time has never been better to use your local airport to fly ...

The post Flying to New Zealand? why not use your local airport? appeared first on UK Aviation News.

TUI rolls out big summer 2020 upgrades from UK regional airports
Posted on Tuesday October 22, 2019

Read Time: < 1 minute TUI UK has announced a raft of new destinations and flights from UK regional airports including Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Bournemouth and Manchester for Summer 2020. The announcements come as the ...

The post TUI rolls out big summer 2020 upgrades from UK regional airports appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Cardiff Airport chairman Roger Lewis to stand down in May
Posted on Thursday September 26, 2019

Read Time: < 1 minute The chairman of Cardiff Airport, Roger Lewis, is to stand down according to a tweet by Wales’ Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates but not before extending his tenure ...

The post Cardiff Airport chairman Roger Lewis to stand down in May appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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