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


  • 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

Qatar Airways drop Birmingham & Cardiff for W20
Posted on Saturday September 26, 2020

Qatar Airways (QR/QTR) have officially suspended flights from Doha to Birmingham (BHX/EGBB) and Cardiff (CWL/EGFF) airports for Winter 2020 as travel restrictions mean demand isn’t there. The airline had hoped to resume flights from both airports in October but the current global situation means the airline is focusing on the [read more]

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Entire Tui flight from Zante to Cardiff told to self-isolate
Posted on Sunday August 30, 2020

All the passengers onboard a Tui Airways flight from Zante to Cardiff last week have been told to self-isolate for 14 days after 7 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been linked to the fight. Passengers on flight BY6215 which landed at Cardiff Airport on Tuesday 25th August are all now [read more]

The post Entire Tui flight from Zante to Cardiff told to self-isolate appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Ryanair adds 14 extra weekly flights to Faro
Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2020

Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) is adding 14 extra weekly flights from UK airports to Faro following the UK Governments decision to put Portugal back on the Coronavirus safe list. The move will make it easier for British holiday makers to travel to the Algarve without the need to quarantine [read more]

The post Ryanair adds 14 extra weekly flights to Faro appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Cardiff Airport boss warns airports will close without government help
Posted on Sunday August 23, 2020

Cardiff Airport’s interim CEO, Spencer Birns, has joined calls for the UK Government to provide assistance to the Aviation industry and warned that without it they risk “more airlines going out of business and airports starting to close down as a result”. Wales’ only commercial airport has been severely impacted [read more]

The post Cardiff Airport boss warns airports will close without government help appeared first on UK Aviation News.

TUI to restart flights from Cardiff Airport 1st August
Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2020

Tour operator TUI has confirmed it is restarting holidays from Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) from 1st August. The move comes after months of grounding due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Flight to Greece and Spain will resume from 1st August with destinations including Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Ibiza, Kos, Palma, [read more]

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