Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2888 times:
Thought I'd try to ask for people's knowledge about airports in the World with observation terraces or good opportunites for the spotter when visiting. I live in London so was more interested in places in Europe I might be able to visit for cheap but really anywhere in the World is good. Here in Europe so far I know London Gatwick and Heathrow used to have viewing galleries but they both closed years ago although Heathrow has the visitors centre. Besides that Shannon has a viewing gallery (though not too many planes), I heard Munich has a viewing gallery, Dublin has planes visible from airside though no official gallery, Frankfurt Hahn has a viewing terrace (though not too many planes), Friedrichafen has a viewing terrace, Nice has a cafe with quite good views of the runway.
That's pretty much all from me. But any suggestions as to airports known with good apron/runway views or viewing galleries are welcome.
Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2962 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2883 times:
Amsterdam has a larger openair viewing gallery landside, on the terminal roof.
Norwich has a landside cafe with good views onto the apron (not huge amounts of traffic though!)
Durban (South Africa) has a small viewing gallery upstairs, but the airport will be demolished this year for the new one - not sure if that will have a gallery.
YXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 444 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
There's a great one at FNC that runs along the terminal's roof. Half is airside, half is landside, and I think both sides have cafes open in the summer. All the aircraft are ground-boarded, and the runway is at most 250m away. Not the busiest airport, but a good variety of traffic and a great backdrop for photos.
Radial engines don't leak oil, they are just marking their territory!
Grozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 155 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2789 times:
SYD international has a decent terrace landside above a bar. View is restricted a bit due to extensions, but you have a good view of the northern part of the main runway across to the domestic terminals.
Rsrik From India, joined Oct 2008, 160 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
People seem to be talking of airports around the world... so I will pitch in with my observations: NRT and Haneda both have large observation decks. HND especially is awesome because the surrouding port, the bay, ships, the skyline, the perpendicular runway activity etc. Great backdrop! It also aids the spotting experience that there is a lot of wind, and almost every aircraft is a Heavy! NRT, on the other hand offers impressive views, but not an impressive backdrop.
Here's a clip of the HND observation deck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLpfV21bJzE
SAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 483 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
MAN has a great viewing area,the Aviation Viewing Park although its a short bus ride/drive from the terminals! Actually at the airport the top level of the multi storey car park gives a good view if you can't make it to the Viewing park!
FRA has a good observation deck at T2 & I believe they still do ramp tours! Unfortunately the better T1 deck has been closed for a couple of years now & nobody knows if it will reopen!
Most German airports seem to have a viewing area/observation deck at the terminals,TXL, CGN,DRS,HAJ,LEJ,NUE,STR the list goes on!
PRG has a small terrace between the piers but a better view can be had from the top of the multi storey car park behind the terminal!
BUD has a viewing terrace at both T1 & T2!
WAW also has a good viewing terrace.
MXP doesn't have a official viewing area but most spotters gather behind the Benetton shop(near McDonalds) in T2 which gives great views over much of T2 both runways & I think a bit of T1? Although the police here can sometimes be a bit of a pain in the a*se!
P3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2692 times:
Albany Intl' in upstate NY has a nice viewing area. It overlooks the RWY 1/19-10/28 intersection. There is an art gallery that is also on the same level. ATC is piped in so you can listen to ALB Approach, Tower, Ground and Clearance.
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2627 posts, RR: 45 Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 11): RTM has a good viewing deck overviewing the whole apron and you can also picture the runway with some bigger lens.
Not only that, but Rotterdam as a destination is one of the most underrated in the world. Great people and amazing architecture. The Erasmusbrug ("Erasmus Bridge") is my favorite bridge in the entire world; what a beauty! Can't wait to come back, although I normally fly into AMS and take the train to RTM as it's much easier to get to from the US (and requires no connections from my home airport of MSP).
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
Just to say many thanks for the suggestions so far etc. Should definitely keep me busy with a list of places to go, and even if I'm not going somewhere just to watch planes, it's nice if they have a viewing gallery when waiting for a connection etc.
Tobias2702 From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 669 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2545 times:
TXL has a nice visitor platform (the whole rooftop of Terminal A). Especially good for taking pics of planes pulling into gate, but also side view on the runways. SXF features a visitor terrace, too, but since the northern runway was closed, there aren't so good views anymore.
Note that they are closed in bad weather. Opening ours can be optained from the airport webpage.
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