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European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Tue May 21, 2002 11:37 pm

Can anyone here recomemnd any european airports where you can get around well on foot with out a car?

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Wed May 22, 2002 4:59 am


Depends on how long you are prepared to walk I guess.

Think you can walk to one of the thresholds of Dublin runways, Geneve is not that long walk, some spots at CDG can be reached by foot, Madrid, Zurich maybe

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Wed May 22, 2002 5:43 pm

access to the northern runway only a small walk from the terminal. Getting to the spots where you can take photos of the planes arriving on the southern runway (which is in summer much more interesting due to the charters) is a bit more tricky, but not impossible.
Further info at: http://www.flying-wings.com/spotting/spotting.htm

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Wed May 22, 2002 7:06 pm

Pretty much any airport will require a LOT of walking, when each runway is around 4 kilometers long.

But if there is only one runway, it should not be two bad, as the perimeter is minimized. Geneva isn't too terrible. Amsterdam is horrible because the runways go in every direction, making a very long perimeter. Zurich makes for very long walks as well.

Some places have bus services that go around the airport. Maybe you should list the airports that interest you, and then find out if there is a bus route that goes around it. I know Geneva does not have such a line, but you might get lucky on some airports. Perhaps someone here can help you with that option.

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Wed May 22, 2002 7:33 pm

As for FRA, there are only two major spots out there:
@A5 when runways 25L/R are in use, and @18W for takeoffs from 18W and landings when runways 07L/R are in use.

As for the first one, you can easily reach it within 15 minutes from terminal 2, but when runways 07 are used, there is only one spot that I would recommend you, and this one, @ rwy 18W is too far away from the terminals (about 4 kilometers, if not more...) and as far as I know there is no way getting to this spot by public transp.

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RE: DUB...'do-able' On Foot?

Thu May 23, 2002 3:16 am

The threshold of the usual active runway in Dublin is a relatively short walk from the terminal.

If feeling lazy, a regular city bus going to town will take you even closer, get off after ALSAA (arport staff sports club) and turn right at the cemetary entrance.

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RE: European Airports...Do-able' On Foot?

Thu May 23, 2002 3:23 am

Try Rome Fiumicino its only 15km walk from the terminal to the threshold from runway16L Big grin

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Thu May 23, 2002 7:31 am

I walked from the terminal in DUB to the parking/viewing area; took about 20-25 minutes. Unfortunately the final part of the walk is on a road with no sidewalks, so it pays to be careful. Worth the modest effort to get there, however.
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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Sat May 25, 2002 4:55 am

I have walked right round Naples a couple of times. You get a good mix of airliners and military and get good shots if they are landing towards the town. Part of the walk is through slum areas and you get pestered by groups of kids trying to sell you vegetables.

This was before ATI merged with Alitalia and I got some good shots of F27s (needless to say it was a long time ago).

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Sat May 25, 2002 8:22 pm


You can try Basel/Mulhouse: Walk up the runway in northern direction, there is an official spotting point, built by the airport authority (french side).

Luxembourg: It's possible to walk in both directions of the runway. North: Near the cargo centre, south (2 - 3 km) near the threshold of runway 06.

Stuttgart: Walk from the terminal east, then you will come to a street, which goes though a tunnel under the airport, it leads you to the control tower on the south side of the airport (good light conditions) near the fence in the middle of the runway. Really not bad!

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RE: European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?

Mon May 27, 2002 7:04 am

Dusseldorf is such an airport as it has two viewing terraces, and two railway stations. Whilst I haven't been there for four years, I am going back early next month. There is a shuttle bus between the two terraces, and the newer one, adjacent to the main line station is near the threshold so you can, I believe, get good taxying and landing shots. These balconies are inexpensive and are open for very long hours.
For photography, there is a village on the opposite side of the airfield which may get a bus, I don't know. The sun will be OK there on a summer evening but the aircraft will probably be far too distant.
The terraces are good for light till mid afternoon, and you may wish to use your cameras sparingly after that.


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