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

Ryanair WILL fly from Cardiff Airport this week
Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2020

Ryanair dealt an embarrassing blow to Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford today when it rejected calls from him to not operate flights from Cardiff Airport until he relaxes travel in Wales. Mr Drakeford had written to the airline insisting that the flights to Malaga and Faro should not go ahead [read more]

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Commercial flights set to resume at Cardiff Airport
Posted on Monday June 29, 2020

Commercial passenger flights are to get underway again at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) when Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) restart flying from Wales’ national airport this week. Flights to Malaga (AGP/LEMG) and Faro (FAO/LPFR) will restart again on the 3rd July with departures at 10:20 and 19:25 respectively. Shortly after Ryanair [read more]

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KLM to restart flights from more UK regional airports
Posted on Wednesday June 24, 2020

Dutch flag carrier KLM is preparing to restart more flights from UK regional airports as it restores service following the Coronavirus Pandemic. Its key business route between Amsterdam (AMS/EHAM) and London City (LCY/EGLC) is set to resume on Monday 13th July. Richard Hill, London City Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: [read more]

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Eastern Airways resumes flights from Southampton & Teesside
Posted on Monday June 22, 2020

Eastern Airways (T3/EZE) has resumed flights from Southampton & Teesside Airports today as it looks to slowly build back up its flight programme. Starting today the Southampton (SOU/EGHI) to Belfast City (BHD/EGAC), Manchester (MAN/EGCC) and Newcastle (NCL/EGNT) routes have restarted as well as Teesside (MME/EGNV) to Aberdeen (ABZ/EGPD) and Belfast [read more]

The post Eastern Airways resumes flights from Southampton & Teesside appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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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