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

Welsh Government releases money to prop up Cardiff Airport
Posted on Monday April 06, 2020

The Welsh Government has agreed to re-purpose a tax-payers loan in order to help struggling Cardiff Airport stay in business during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) is effectively ...

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In Pictures: British Airways aircraft parked at Cardiff Airport
Posted on Monday March 23, 2020

Local pilot John Bulpin has captured these amazing images of British Airways aircraft parked up at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) as a result of travel disruption caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. ...

The post In Pictures: British Airways aircraft parked at Cardiff Airport appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Cardiff Airport asks Welsh Government for another £6.8m
Posted on Monday March 02, 2020

Loss-making Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) is seeking a £6.8m extension to the existing loan from the Welsh Government just 12 months after recieving a £21.2m loan facility. Senior Members of the ...

The post Cardiff Airport asks Welsh Government for another £6.8m appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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

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

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.

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