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

Cardiff Airport Spotting Locations

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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.

Useful Websites

Places to eat

Cardiff Airport Headlines

Thomas Cook cuts Summer ’19 flights from Cardiff Airport
Pulished: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:14:56 +0000

Some Thomas Cook customers who have booked flights from Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) this summer have been forced to take alternative flights after the Airline decided to cut several flights from ...

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Cardiff Airport chosen by Global Trek Aviation as it expands FBO
Pulished: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:57:26 +0000

Global Trek Aviation has chosen Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) to be its second location as it expands its Fixed Based Operator (FBO) services beyond Belfast. The company will join existing FBO, ...

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Thomas Cook increases Cardiff Capacity with leased A321
Pulished: Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:07:33 +0000

Thomas Cook (MT/TCX) is increasing its summer capacity at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) by using an Airbus A321 aircraft for Summer 2019. The Airbus A321 is the stretched variant of the ...

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Cardiff Airport sees strong late summer growth
Pulished: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 17:26:22 +0000

Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) has reported strong late summer growth with 178,681 passengers using the airport in September. The number represents a 7% increase on the same period last year at ...

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Ryanair doubles its routes from Cardiff Airport for S19
Pulished: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:38:45 +0000

Irish budget airline (FR/RYR) is increasing its presence at Cardiff Airport for Summer 2019 as it doubles the number of routes to 4. In addition to the recently announced route ...

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Cardiff to Doha route performing well based on CAA figures
Pulished: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 18:34:18 +0000

The daily Qatar Airways service from Doha (DOH/OTHH) to Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) is on target for a 65% load factor in its first year of operation. The news comes as ...

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Ryanair to launch twice weekly Cardiff to Malta flight
Pulished: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:46:15 +0000

Ryanair has put a twice weekly service to Malta from Cardiff Airport on sale on its website. The flights, which begin in April 2019, are designed to work with Ryanairs ...

The post Ryanair to launch twice weekly Cardiff to Malta flight appeared first on UK Aviation News.


Cardiff Airport hits 1m passengers for 2018 in August
Pulished: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:16:56 +0000

Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) has hit 1 million passengers for 2018 this august, a 7% increase over the same period in 2017. Figures showed that Cardiff Airport saw 935,000 passengers pass ...

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Airport Watch scheme launched at Cardiff Airport
Pulished: Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:02:52 +0000

South Wales Police have recently launched an airport watch scheme at Cardiff Airport for plane spotters and aviation enthusiasts. Cardiff Airport Watch allows local plane spotters and regular visitors to ...

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Welsh government sets out its vision for Cardiff Airport and St Athan
Pulished: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:29:42 +0000

The Welsh Government and Cardiff Airport have set out their vision for the next 2 decades which includes the airport taking control of MOD St Athan. Unveiling the draft masterplan, ...

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