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 gets two special visitors in one day
Posted on Tuesday May 12, 2020

Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) has had two special visitors in one day, one delivering Personal Protective Equipment, the other training. The first arrival of the morning was a Nordwind Boeing 777-300 VP-BJL which brought in the latest shipment of PPE equipment for the Welsh Government. The aircraft carried around 600,000 fluid-resistant gowns [read more]

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Cardiff Airport appoints new Chairman
Posted on Wednesday May 06, 2020

Wayne Harvey has been appointed as the new chairman of Cardiff Airport replace Roger Lewis. Mr Harvey is currently is a senior partner with Audit & Assurance specialists Deloitte and has previously worked for Ernst & Young (EY). He has a tough start to the role with the industry facing [read more]

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Cardiff Airport Firefighters provide support to Dragon’s Heart Hospital
Posted on Friday May 01, 2020

Firefighters from Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) are providing support to the NHS Dragon’s Heart hospital ((Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig) set up at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. The hospital has been set up to treat Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients boosting NHS bed capacity in Wales. 32 Airport Firefighters will form part of [read more]

The post Cardiff Airport Firefighters provide support to Dragon’s Heart Hospital appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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 closed with all the airlines that use it suspending flights but the airport is remaining open for emergencies and required [read more]

The post Welsh Government releases money to prop up Cardiff Airport appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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. Our thanks to John for the use of the images.

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