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

Global Trek officially opens new FBO at Cardiff Airport
Posted on Tuesday July 30, 2019

Global Trek has formally opened its new Fixed Based Operator (FBO) service at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF). The Prestwick headquartered company soft-launched its operation at Cardiff Airport in May and has ...

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More woes for Cardiff Airport as Vueling cut capacity
Posted on Monday July 29, 2019

Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) has been hit with fresh woes this week as it emerged Spanish airline Vueling will cut capacity on one of its key routes from the Welsh Government-owned ...

The post More woes for Cardiff Airport as Vueling cut capacity appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Wales could get devolved Air Passenger Duty by 2021, with a catch!
Posted on Tuesday June 11, 2019

The Welsh Affairs Committee has recommended that control of Air Passenger Duty at Welsh Airports be handed over to the Welsh Government by 2021 but with a caveat to link ...

The post Wales could get devolved Air Passenger Duty by 2021, with a catch! appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Welsh First Minister deals blow to Cardiff Airport masterplan
Posted on Wednesday June 05, 2019

Welsh Government First Minister Mark Drakeford has dealt a blow to Cardiff Airport’s masterplan by cancelling a vital road link that would have allowed greater freight transport from the Airport ...

The post Welsh First Minister deals blow to Cardiff Airport masterplan appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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 ...

The post Global Trek’s new FBO at Cardiff Airport opens appeared first on UK Aviation News.

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