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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Global Trek’s new FBO at Cardiff Airport opens
Posted on Tuesday May 14, 2019
Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Global Trek Aviation has soft-launched its latest facility at located at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) in Wales. The brand new state-of-the-art VIP FBO facility at Cardiff Airport ...
Flybe to close Cardiff & Doncaster bases and cull Exeter
Posted on Wednesday April 03, 2019
Flybe is to close its ejet bases at Cardiff (CWL/EGFF), Doncaster (DSA/EGCN) Airports and end ejet flights from Exeter (EXT/EGTE) and Norwich Airports (NWI/EGSH) at the end of Summer 2019. ...
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Thomas Cook cuts Summer ’19 flights from Cardiff Airport
Posted on Monday February 25, 2019
Some Thomas Cook customers who have booked flights from Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) this summer have been forced to take alternative flights after the Airline decided to cut several flights from ...
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AAIB to conduct search for aircraft missing near Alderney
Posted on Wednesday January 30, 2019
The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) has announced that is to conduct an underwater seabed search for the aircraft that went missing with Cardiff City football player, Emiliano Sala onboard. ...
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Ryanair to launch Cardiff Airport to Malaga flight this summer
Posted on Friday January 25, 2019
Ryanair is launching a direct flight from Cardiff Airport to Malaga this summer according to its website, bringing the number of destinations served from Wales’ national airport to six. The ...
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