SeansasLCY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 984 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3903 times:
I was wondering where are good destinations for spotting daytrips from London. I don't drive so places that are easily accessible by foot or public transport and within resonable flight time of London. I've been to DUS, ZRH, BRE, GVA before are there any other good spotter friendly places??
Visitor Terrace between Terminals A and B.
Some interesting traffic from Russia and CIS especially on Saturdays (sometimes delayed, espcially Air Astana with its B767).
Car Park Nord (North) can be reached on foot in 10 minutes and offers views of the taxiway to runway 27R; runway 27R itself is a bit further away.
If going for two days, take the train to another german city (airport) on the second day. Then depart from there back to LON. BRE and HAM would be reachable on discounted railway fares ("Niedersachsen ticket").
Also ICE-trains to Berlin (TXL) and FRA are frequent and fast (2-2.5 hr). AFAIK, spotting at TXL from around the terminal however is rather limited.
Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 3): Sorry i have already been to AMS forgot to metion. Is FRA observation deck open now?
Yes, but only in Terminal 2, so views of the apron are limited.
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Rdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 907 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3805 times:
PMI there are so many flight options and you could do a 24 hour day there, Loads of european charter airlines and all the scheduled ones as well.It would be a cheap option for flight costs as well. Or you could save the footprint and go by eurostar to CDG!! ( if you like concrete!)
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3802 times:
STR has a decent visitors terrace vith okay views (but facing into the sun), but while traffic is frequent, it is limited to B737/A320 and smaller a/c. DL's B763 is the biggest regular visitor apart from a USAF C17 ever so often. There is a train station (S-Bahn) in the terminal, so going downtown is no problem.
Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 6): Or you could save the footprint and go by eurostar to CDG!! ( if you like concrete!)
Problem would be that spotting at CDG (actually any AdP-airport) is discouraged or forbidden (I do not know the exact words).
Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 6): PMI .. Loads of european charter airlines and all the scheduled ones as well.
Variety of carriers depend on season and day of the week.
During off-season, be prepared to see mainly AB, AB, AB and IB, UX, JK ...
However, the better spotting locations are either to the west of the airfield or at the north-east corner. For each of these locations a car is required, but the O.P. stated that he does not drive, so this might be a no-no ...
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02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 3780 times:
Manchester is pretty good. You got the option of the (high-up and distant) roof terrace, or catching a bus to the viewing park. I've flown up for the day on a couple of occasions, and always enjoyed it, although the variety is a little limited, but you get a good mix of long/short-haul/holiday traffic, as well as those 747 freighters we all love! The earlier you get the there the better though, most long-haul traffic is gone by lunch time.