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

Your Pictures: The last flight of a British Airways Boeing 747
Posted on Friday December 11, 2020

British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC left Cardiff Airport today for the short flight to St Athan marking the end of the Boeing 747 in service with British Airways. The aircraft will now be preserved at St Athan by eCube Solutions and is due to be opened to the public in [read more]

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Last ever BA 747 flight leaves Cardiff Airport
Posted on Friday December 11, 2020

The last British Airways Boeing 747-400 has left Cardiff Airport for what is the final flight of the type for the airline. BOAC liveried G-BYGC departed Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) at 13:37L for the short flight to St Athan where it will be preserved by eCube Solutions. The aircraft flew with [read more]

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Wizz Air to launch budget base at Cardiff Airport
Posted on Thursday December 03, 2020

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air is set to launch a permanent base at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGGF) creating around 40 jobs in March 2021. The airline will offer nine routes to destinations including Alicante, Faro and Tenerife as well as seasonal routes to Corfu and Palma. Sharm El Sheikh and Lanzarote [read more]

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KLM to suspend flights from some UK airports until 2021
Posted on Thursday November 05, 2020

KLM has confirmed it is suspending flights from Amsterdam to Cardiff, Inverness and Southampton airports until February 2021. The move from Cardiff Airport comes after non-essential international air travel was banned from by the Welsh Government, which owns Cardiff Airport, and low demand on forward bookings. Cardiff flights will be [read more]

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Wales bans leisure travel from Cardiff Airport
Posted on Monday November 02, 2020

The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced plans for travel restrictions for when Wales comes out of its “firebreak” lockdown on 9th November including a a ban on non-essential international air travel. The announcement means that all holiday flights from the Welsh Government owned airport will be cancelled this [read more]

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