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

Wizz Air start flights from Jersey to Mainland UK
Posted on Thursday June 10, 2021

Wizz Air UK has announced its first ever domestic flights as it plans fly from the Channels islands to mainland UK for Summer 2021. The flights will connect Jersey with Doncaster & Cardiff, routes that have been previously served by Flybe. The routes will be operated by an Airbus A321 [read more]

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Loganair boosts Wales-Scotland connectivity
Posted on Tuesday May 25, 2021

Leading regional airline Loganair (LM/LOG) has announced a new Cardiff to Edinburgh flight boosting connectivity between Wales and Scotland. The service will operate five times per week from 2nd August 2021 and will be operated by an Embraer E145 jet. Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: “I know many [read more]

The post Loganair boosts Wales-Scotland connectivity appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Aer Lingus return to Cardiff Airport with two routes
Posted on Wednesday May 05, 2021

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, is returning to Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) for the first time since 2016 reviving two routes to Northern Ireland and Eire. The new route to Belfast City will commence on 28th June and will operate four times per week on Monday, Friday, Saturday, and [read more]

The post Aer Lingus return to Cardiff Airport with two routes appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Aer Lingus set to return to Cardiff Airport
Posted on Thursday April 29, 2021

Aer Lingus, which last flew a scheduled flight from Cardiff Airport in 2016, is set to make a tentative return to Wales’ national airport. According to ‘UK Aviation Schedule Analyst’ Sean M on twitter, Aer Lingus Regional will restart flights between Cardiff Airport and Dublin from 30th August 2021 operating [read more]

The post Aer Lingus set to return to Cardiff Airport appeared first on UK Aviation News.

Welsh First Minister accused of double standards over Spain flights
Posted on Tuesday March 23, 2021

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has been accused of double standards after allowing flights between Cardiff Airport and Spain to operate despite Wales still being in full lockdown under his authority. Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies led the calls saying it cannot be right that peoplee can “fly from [read more]

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