copySouthwest
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Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:57 pm

Over the next three weeks I will be in Northern Ireland twice and will be flying two/from all three airports, BHD, BFS and LDY on Ryanair, Loganair, Flybe and Easyjet. Which of the Belfast airports is best for photography in or near the airport? Looking through some a.net images I'm thinking BHD? Anyone know of any good spots?

I know that there is unlikely to be much traffic at LDY but will be flying Loganair from there to DUB so it would be nice to be able to get a few shots. Other than the limited scheduled traffic is there likely to be anything on stand there between about 4pm and 5pm on a Friday?


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linco22
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RE: Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:40 pm

Hi MJ,

Out of all 3 BHD is handiest. There is a new IKEA about a mile down the road from the terminal. It's open car park has great views over the runway from the 3rd floor. BFS is a little more tricky and you'll need to get your walking boots on to get to good spots. I don't know much about LDY though.

If you need anymore info please get in touch.

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RE: Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:47 pm

The IKEA multistory car park near Belfast City is a fabulous addition to airport viewing spots.From the first and second floors the view, located almost mid way down the runway, is just ideal for photos, not too close and not to far away either. Traffic is pretty thin on the ground here, so the Cafe in IKEA, which also has a nice window overlooking the runway, might also be an option for part of your vigil, at least to try to keep warm. Most of what you see here is very easy to see elsewhere in the UK.

Belfast International, not been since the security situation improved but lots of fences IIRC, and the RAF side is too far from the passenger terminal.

As for City of Derry, there are perimiter roads with views - search the web for information about the runway extension plans and you will see where the roads run. However, the locals are not over keen on having their houses soon destroyed by the airport expansion, so be careful that they do not see you as an official with an agenda instead of a harmless bloke with a camera! The two problems you will really have here are there is nearly no traffic whatever, for very long periods, and a cold wind is likely to be coming in off the Lough.
 
copySouthwest
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RE: Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:27 pm

Thank you Colin and Dstc47 for your comments.

BHD is the place I'll probably spend the most time as I'm arriving there twice - once on Ryanair and once on Flybe. The IKEA car park sounds potentially worthwhile. What is the security situation there though? I'm slightly concerned that places like that tend to have rent-a-cop style security.

BFS - I read somewhere that there was an official viewing area. I take it this has now closed?

LDY - I wasn't expecting much luck here photowise to be honest. The main reason for going is to sample Loganair on the DUB route. Hopefully some sort of decent shot of that S340 wil be possible from the terminal area.
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kingsavo
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RE: Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:16 pm

Cant really see you having any trouble in the IKEA car park. I've had the tripod out and evertying up there and never had any bother. Only IKEA staff that will come up will be the trolley man who might give you a funny look! But thats easy ignored!

At BFS the onyl viewing gallery i can think of is and indoors one accesible from the arrivals lounge. The glass is the dirtiest I've ever seen at an airport! It is still open but don't think has the best view for photography. If you're in a car or like walking this guid here has some good directions to spotting locations.

http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...ternational_Airport_%28BFS/EGAA%29

Keith

*EDIT* Just noticed that the last two shots accepted for BHD have been shot from the IKEA car park by the above mentioned Colin  wink 

[Edited 2008-02-27 13:20:06]
 
iRISH251
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RE: Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:28 pm



Quoting CopySouthwest (Reply 3):
LDY - I wasn't expecting much luck here photowise to be honest. The main reason for going is to sample Loganair on the DUB route. Hopefully some sort of decent shot of that S340 wil be possible from the terminal area.

From the departure lounge, while waiting to board, you should be able to get decent shots of the aircraft taxying in, as they park fairly close to the terminal.
 
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RE: Photography At Northern Ireland's Airports

Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:27 am



Quoting Irish251 (Reply 5):
From the departure lounge, while waiting to board, you should be able to get decent shots of the aircraft taxying in, as they park fairly close to the terminal.

Never got that far! My big mistake was that I went up there on 29th Feb which turned out to be a very stormy, windy day. I was about to go through security when Loganair cancelled the flight, the preceding flight never made it out of GLA! A mad taxi/train/taxi dash followed to DUB to make my intended FR flight!

I did notice that some viewing seemed to be available from the departure lounge at LDY. The area outside the terminal was pretty useless unless something happened to taxi passed - which it didn't!

Next trip to NI is on the 15th Feb in *hopefully* better weather!!


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