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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:15 pm

Current IST landing on 23, you have to fly over most of the city, including Taksim Square and such.
But when you have a 15Million population city, any approach will be over the city.
On the other hand, the new airport will eventually have 5 North South facing runways and when landing North, all flights have to fly over the city, but when landing South all approaches will be over the Black Sea.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:34 pm

Kai Tak - Until 1998 anyway......
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:35 pm

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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:37 pm

I'm gonna count SJO as well, if you're landing via RW 25. It's a circling approach and over the years changed in such a way that many aircraft are actually overflying my neighbourhood in Pavas district, the biggest district of the city of San José. I live near SYQ, but since that's not an airport with minimum 737s or A320s flying in and out, I'm not counting it despite it being landlocked.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:43 pm

jfklganyc wrote:
EWR landing south (to NY who cares about the city center of Newark)

JFK on 13L

MDW and HOU deserve mention

MIA landing west


Definitely MIA. Landing towards the west, and departure to the east, brings them right over downtown. Quite something from the 54th floor of a condo, especially when the widebodies are taking off.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:48 pm

sonicruiser wrote:
Figured it might be interesting to start a list of airports with approaches relatively close to downtown city centers and tall buildings.

Off the top off my head, I think of a few in the US. Of course there are many more globally, feel free to add them.

LGA
DCA
DAL
PHX
SAN

Ho Chi Minh City?


Noshow wrote:
Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel

Hmm, depends on how you define "close". Whenever I am in Hamburg city I don't see much aircraft starting or landing from / at HAM since the airport is several kilometers to the North. Just saying...
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:48 pm

One has a fairly good chance of approaching over the city center when flying into ORD or MDW.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:49 pm

MKC
SAN
BKL
ORD to a point
PHX
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:34 pm

The 03 approach into Lisbon takes you right over the entire downtown area. Planes overfly the 2a Circular (the main inner ring road in the city) with their gear out, mere single-digit seconds before touchdown.

The most extreme example of a city center airport I have ever seen, though, is Santos Dumont, in Rio. The two times I flew into or out of it I actually walked there to / from my meetings in downtown Rio.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:41 pm

theaviator380 wrote:
BOM and DEL


And BOM has the largest slum in Asia right next door. You can smell it before you can see it. Horrid.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:50 pm

Nobody mentioned Osaka Itami (ITM) yet? Really liked that approach, especially when you are on a wide body on domestic service.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:50 pm

Aspen Pitkin airport is just 3 miles from downtown Aspen and the Rwy 33 threshold is just 1/2 mile from the Buttermilk Ski lift.
When you get the 1,000ft GPWS call out landing on Rwy 15, you can turn your head to the right and look through someone's living room window on his mountainside home and see what's on his living room Samsung OLED flatscreen.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:53 pm

GUA lies in the middle of Guatemala City.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:54 pm

SDF. Final for 17 L/R is directly over downtown Louisville. It's always fun when I get called in to work from the office in downtown and a UPS 748 flies overhead. Planes are usually at about 2500 feet when they fly over my office building.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:56 pm

DPL (Dipolog) in the Philippines. There is one runway (02/20) which is directly in line with and less than a mile from the Boulevard, which is the street along the waterfront with a wide, picturesque sidewalk (a very popular place). The usual landing pattern is to land on 02, and that means that the planes are flying directly over the Boulevard at only a few hundred feet. You can almost count the rivets on the planes.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:59 pm

Not quite as good as some of the others mentioned in this thread, but Warsaw-Chopin sometimes has pretty good views when landing on 11 or 15, but coming from the south. Sometimes you fly right over the city centre.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:13 pm

Meigs in Chicago and Burke Lakefront in Cleveland. Was CGX Meigs?

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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:13 pm

BOS RWY27 departures immediately come to mind.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:14 pm

Y'all are forgetting Miami International.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:15 pm

I would throw in my home airport of Vienna, Austria (LOWW/VIE). If rwy. 11 is used for landings - that happens at times - you will enjoy a beautiful approach right over Schönbrunn castle.
Fortunately for the habitants, most approaches are carried out towards rwys 16/34 or at night on 29.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:24 pm

BOS is remarkably close to downtown.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:35 pm

HOU, EWR, LGA, BOS, DAL, ORD come to mind from personal experience...based on the particular approach pattern, of course.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:38 pm

VCE has already been mentioned - I never get tired of the starboard view when landing on 04R.

NAP is also very close to the city centre (only about 4 km) and quite spectacular when runway 06 is used.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:53 pm

TUN
DOH
DXB

Some africans airports...
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:54 pm

I need to make that VCE 4R approach!

Old HKG Kai Tek takes the cake for me personally...I thought the gear was going to scrape a building.

Lot of good ones suggested here. The Potomac approach to DCA is always magnificent too. TEB is one of my favorites too, and much sweeter than EWR on a similar pattern. Pretty dang cool to just gaze at Manhattan. And SAN of course too.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:54 pm

ETH (LLET) regularly took 753’s and even a 762 - not sure if it’s still open, with the new Ramon Airport opening. Relatively short runway, came out of the terminal directly into the City Centre, flying over the shopping mall on finals to 03.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:00 pm

I'll add my hometown airport, AUS. When landing from the north, which is usually the case, those sitting on the right hand side have a view of central Austin. Including the UT Tower, downtown, and the lake.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:07 pm

sonicruiser wrote:
Figured it might be interesting to start a list of airports with approaches relatively close to downtown city centers and tall buildings.

Off the top off my head, I think of a few in the US. Of course there are many more globally, feel free to add them.

LGA
DCA
DAL
PHX
SAN


EWR's Northern Approach is ~5 mi as the plane flies from the edge of Manhattan - great views!
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:13 pm

Nice is nice, the view very expensive, too.

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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:16 pm

What about ATL? They have the approach flow for 8/26 go right over downtown.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:16 pm

PER has some pretty amazing city views for landings on Rwy 06 or takeoffs on Rwy 24
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:16 pm

Gr8Circle wrote:

Not sure about DEL, but BOM certainly not....downtown Mumbai is nowhere on the approach to either of the runways


DEL neither I think...
BOM is in the middle of the city of course but not close to "downtown" which would be Fort/Marine Drive area.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:25 pm

SDF when coming in from the North. Last time I flew in, I recall being pretty close to the downtown area.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:25 pm

Nothing like the approaches to these Latin American giants: CGH, SDU and AEP!! Landing amid the skyscrapers!
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:30 pm

GIB
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:37 pm

nipkow wrote:
Nobody mentioned Osaka Itami (ITM) yet? Really liked that approach, especially when you are on a wide body on domestic service.


Indeed. The approach into 32L (Which is 99% of the time) takes one right over the Kita (Umeda) area of Osaka. Very nice view for anyone seating on port side, especially at night.

FUK is another airport that come close. IIRC the circle approach into Runway 34 takes you right over the city center of Fukuoka (Not so much if one is landing from the north, i.e. Runway 16, though).

P.S. The list can really goes on and on. For instance, some approach path into IND takes one right over downtown. Same for HOU and IAH or even ORD.
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:42 pm

AEP (Buenos Aires Aeroparque). GYE (Guayaquil, Ecuador) , El Trompillo, (Santa Cruz,Bolivia,)SRZ. A small one, RGA (Río Grande, Argentina).
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:46 pm

N14AZ wrote:
Hmm, depends on how you define "close". Whenever I am in Hamburg city I don't see much aircraft starting or landing from / at HAM since the airport is several kilometers to the North. Just saying...


Pffft.
Ask the residents ( well, the Nimby portion ). http://travis.hamburg-airport.de/
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=53. ... 01/10.0103
only taking off from 33 traverses few housing. 15 goes slightly north of the AussenAlster, densely built up.
while 23 crosses Altona and the Harbor. 5 overflies Norderstedt. All living quarters. either Hamburg
or the "Speckgürtel".
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:47 pm

PHL on 27R. ORF Runway 5. TEB. PWM harbor Visual.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:56 pm

IST I found to be pretty neat coming in over the buildings.

SJO when you circle to land you come in very low for RWY 25
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:59 pm

MKC back in the day...
I've flown the downwind leg at ATL over downtown in order to land on a 26.
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:02 pm

I've always thought the approach into MEX is fantastic. On most days, the approach is to 5L. Most flights enter the pattern from the northeast, passing over the city with great views of the whole valley, and then making about a 160° left turn, over the neighbourhood Colonia del Valle, into the final approach.

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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:04 pm

ctrabs0114 wrote:
Veigar wrote:
LAS - when landing on 19R.


If I'm not mistaken, that's actually the "South Strip" and not the main strip, which is a few miles north of LAS. Still, it's an impressive welcome to Vegas when you're flying in on 19R.


I made a couple of videos flying into LAS in my plane, landing 19R and taking off 1L. You get very nice views of the strip from the 19/1s

https://youtu.be/yn5Gu-k9Iw4

https://youtu.be/zEL0SAMIFK4

Here’s my video of MDW

https://youtu.be/ewf9HxQftKg
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:04 pm

IND when landing on the 23's, especially 23L. It's even more pronounced when arriving from the south. That's basically a nice hook turn right around the downtown core.
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:08 pm

EDF great views of c17s and f22s over ANC
 
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:17 pm

San Diego. What other city has passenger ships, rail and air all converging at a downtown location within a mile of each other.
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:17 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Nice is nice, the view very expensive, too.

GF


Landing at NCE on 22R (the Saleya Approach) is over water close to the city center (200m) and low altitude (300m). One of the most beautiful in the world.

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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:25 pm

Some scenic approaches near city centers:

HNL - you see downtown Honolulu and the coastline
ZQN - you see Queenstown, the lakes, and surrounding mountains
 
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:28 pm

Takeoff from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico to a landing in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico (unfortunately, the approach in this video doesn't show the pass over the city).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RtYpnddtkM

Here's another one where the pilot approaches from the other direction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mOjCxRz3BE
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Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:45 pm

At Penang (PEN) the planes fly quite low over the city
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