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Photography at Antalya (AYT/LTAI)

Antalya airport  (AYT) is a great place for photos and spotting. The traffic consists of a lot of different airlines which are hard to see anywhere else in Europe besides Moscow.  Antalya attracts a lot of airlines from Russia and CIS-states. There are many good spots for photos. During our stay we did not have  any issues with police or other authorities. Despite the interesting airlines after a couple of days even the Russians start to be boring. I would advise to stay here for around three  days. This will give you the change to photograph almost all traffic.

This article provides information on :

  1. what is essential for spotting at Antalya
  2. where to spot at Antalya
  3. which airlines can be seen
  4. a timetable
  5. places to stay
  6. runway usage

Summer of 2014
for the summer season of 2014 some new planes or liveries might be coming to Antalya. Also as usual airlines stop flying. This season Bingo Airways is probably not operating.

  • Azerbaijan Airlines was seen operating to AYT using Boeing 757 in August .
  • Sunday Airlines started operating their newly acquired Boeing 767 UP-B6703 to AYT. It was seen at AYT for the first time mid August.  It seems to operate daily on the DV471/472 flight. Photo here
  • Hamburg airlines is using Go2Sky OM-GTC. Seen in AYT once in a while. Photo 
  • Eurolot is leasing CanJet C-FYQO. It operates in full Canjet livery but with Itaka titles on the fuselage. Itaka is a Polish tour operator.  Photo here.
  • SCAT has added a first Boeing 737-700 in its fleet. LY-AZV is leased from Small Planet Airlines and was seen at AYT early July 2014. Photo here.
  • Borajet new Embraer 190 TC-YAG was seen at AYT on a flight from Paris. This might be an adhoc charter or a new charter series. Lets wait and see. Flight details: BRJ3142 arrival AYT 17:35
  • Dutch Corendon is leasing Ukraine International Boeing 737-800 UR-PSB this summer. The aircraft is in a nice hybrid livery. Photoproof here
  • Taken from airlineroutes.netAzerbaijan Airlines in July and August 2014 plans to operate Airbus A340-500 aircraft on selected dates, on Baku – Antalya route. The airline plans to operate A340-500 aircraft on 06JUL14, 08JUL14, 13JUL14 and 05AUG14.J2025 GYD1110 – 1210AYT 340J2026 AYT1320 – 1810GYD 340
  • Kharkov Airlines B767 started at June 28 for the first time operating to AYT this season.
  • Danish Air Transport is operating an Airbus A320 this summer. OY-LHD was seen at AYT on Saturday morning. The aircraft is mostly white.
  • Bingo Airways (Poland) is not allowed to fly anymore during a restructuring.
  • SCAT B737-300 UP-B3712 was seen operating for Sunday Airlines on Tuesday June 3 (VSV471)
  • Air Moldova is leasing a Hermes Airlines A321 for the summer season. SX-BHT  was recently seen at AYT. Days of operation are
    Tuesday   MLD 755/769 …-0940
  • Arkefly will operate their new Boeing 787 to Antalya. The first flight will be operated on June 8 which is used for crew training. Arrival late afternoon as  OR 749. Starting  July 4 till August 29 each Friday the B787 will operate from Amsterdam to AYT.  Arrival 1845 and departure 1945 OR773/774.
  • New Polish charter airlines 4 you Airlines will use the AOC of EuroLot to operate chater flights to destinations in Egypt, Tunisia, Greece and Turkey. Three Airbus A320 aircraft will be leased from YanAir (Ukraine). (source ch-aviation.com ). Photo of UR-CME by
    Wednesday and Saturday are days Eurolot operates to AYT. Wednesday with a couple of flights.
  • 4 you Airlines will also lease MD-83 EC-JUG from Swiftair. The aircraft is all white probably. Flights are operated by Eurolot code K2.
  • Moskovia operated Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B RA-89021 on the Sunday morning flight from Chelyabinsk. Flight GAI9422 arrives at 09:15. Lets hope this will be regular during the high season.
  • Jet Airlines A320 EX-32004 was seen at several flights in May operating from Shimkent in Kazakhstan. Operating on SOV3214 mostly very early in the morning or late at night. 
  • Jet Airlines is also using A319 LZ-AOA which is owned by Balkan Holidays. The aircraft is leased for the summer season and is in all all-white livery. The lease of the aircraft will end July 1 probably.
  • Air Serbia started a dedicated charter branch named Aviolet. The airline will operate 4 B737’s in Aviolet colours (YU-AND already painted). Picture here.  flights are likely to operate on Saturdays (arr 11:20 JAT4108)
    the schedule as published on the airline website.
    Saturday JU4024/2025 (07.06 till 20.09)
    Saturday JU4248/4249 (14.06 till 13.09)
    Sunday JU4216/4217 (22.06 till 10.09)
    Sunday JU4014/4015 (08.06 till 16.09)
    Monday JU4604/4605 (09.06 till 17.09)
    Thursday JU4404/4405 (12.06 till 10.09)
    Tuesday JU4104 arr 08:20
  • Saratov Airlines operates their Embraer 190 to AYT. VQ-BRY was seen on Wednesday operating SOV2933 arrival at 0620.
  • UT Air operates the B767 on Wednesday arrival at 0810
  • Bek Air Fokker 100 was scheduled at Saturday May 17 but delayed till Sunday. Operating UP-F1004 from Aktyubinsk at BEK2253. Departure at 12:30. It was scheduled for wednesday arrival 11:30. It was also seen on Tuesday June 3 arr 12:20 as BEK2035
  • Rusline operates CRJ to Antalya on Saturday. RLU3224 departs to Bryansk at 12:35
  • Borajet started a scheduled service to Antalya from Ercan. All flights operated by ATR72-500 Flight YB7742/7741:
    Friday arrival at 11:05, departure at 12:25
    Saturday arrival at 1450 , departure at 16:10
    Sunday arrival at 17:50, departure at 19:10
  • Nordwind Airlines added a first Boeing 737-800 (VP-BPY) to its fleet in December 2013. Six 737-800s are added in May, July, August, September, November and December.
  • Turkey and Kazakstan agreed to add 8 weekly scheduled flights linking Antalya with AlmatyAstana and Karaganda. Sunday Airlines is likely to use this extra capacity. 
  • Azerbaijan Airlines will operate to Antalya this summer for the first time with Embraer 190 according to routesonline.com
    Ganja – Antalya 27JUN14 – 05SEP14 2 weekly (Monday and Friday)
    J2125 KVD1220 – 1305AYT E90 15
    J2126 AYT1405 – 1830KVD E90 15
  • Fly Romania is planning to start operating at May 15. The airline is operating with Ten Airways aircraft. YR-OTN MD82 has been painted in Fly Romania livery. A weekly Bucharest- Antalya flight is planned for Thursdays. Schedule is
    X5131 OTP 11 10 – 13:20 AYT / X5 132 AYT14: 20 – 16:15 OTP
    more info here 
  • Groznyavia which was a regular visitor with Yak-42 in summer 2013 is considering replacement with Airbus A319 aircraft.
  • Grand Cru Airlines was seen operating in May 2014 using a Boeing 737 from Vilnius (tuesday arrival 16:10 as GCA111). The airline flew some charters to AYT in summer 2013 as well. Livery is all white.
  • Thomson Airways might operate the Boeing 787 on Manchester-Antalya route like in 2013.
  • Transavia France will receive 5 A320s from Air France. They might operate to AYT this summer although they operate on French domestic flights primarily. F-HBNL was seen operating in its first days (end of June) to Faro, Oporto and Athens.
  • SmartLynx operates an Airbus A320 YL-BBC in Tailwind livery for German airbroker Involatus. It operates mainly out of Antalya to European airports on charter flights.
  • Saratov was seen in April 2014 with unknown aircraft. They are likely the last operator of ‘old’ Russian built aircraft into Antalya. Polet will probably operate An148 again this summer to AYT.
  • Transavia operates two Boeing 737-800 aircraft in special Sunweb livery (PH-HZG and PH-HZJ).
  • Sunday Airlines will receive a former Air China B767-300. (source). It might be operating to Antalya. Picture here
  • VP-BMC Boeing 767-300 of Nordwind operates in Ikar Air colours. It was seen in May on Saturday arrival at 1445 as KAR1803 from Moscow.
  • VP-BOZ is a Boeing 767 of Nordwind painted in colours of travelagency Pegas
  • VQ-BBT is a Boeing 757 of Nordwind painted in Pegas colours as well (slightly different colours)
  • RoyalFlight is a new Russian charter operator Turkish travel holding, OTI Travel. . Royal Flight was seen end of April 2014 almost daily on Abakan Avia flightnumber 4R/ABG operating from Moscow Domodedovo and other airports.
  • Tatarstan Air lost it’s AOC due to the crash with a Boeing 737. They did quite a few flights into Antalaya so we will see some replacement airlines in summer. Ak Bars is a very likely candidate.
  • Germania A321 D-ASTD is painted in Alltours livery. It might be seen in Antalya in summer 2014. In December 2013 it mainly flew Dusseldorf-Pristina route.
  • Air Berlin operates Airbus A320 D-ABFK in a special livery
  • Condor and Thomas Cook have a new livery.
  • Atlas started a new sister company in the Ukraine. Atlasjet Ukraine operates a couple of  320s like for instance  VQ-BHS
  • Metrojet (Kolavia Tui charters) has a new livery on Airbus A321 EI-ETH. They also operate Airbus A320 EI-FDL in a different livery
  • Ural Airlines are operating since 2014 two Airbus A319s. They might operate to AYT.
  • Air Arabia started a three times weekly flight connecting Antalya to Sharjah. Unfortunately they operate in the middle of the night
    G9287 SHJ2130 – 0045+1AYT 320 246
    G9288 AYT0125 – 0625SHJ 320 357
  • Jet Time Finland is a new airline. Livery is the same as Jet Time Denmark

Air Onix Airlines. Lost the AOCseen in 2013 but not seen in 2014

  • Tatarstan Airlines. Lost the AOC
  • Belle Air Albania. Stopped flying because financial problems

Summer of 2013
Russian built aircraft become a rare sight at AYT. IL86s are banned even in Russia. Tu154 and Yak42 are just a few flights per week. Grozny Air started a series of new flights in 2013 to Antalya using Yak42s but are very irregular operated. Transaero operates a few Tu204 flights per week to AYT. Polet can be seen on several days in the week with an Antonov 148. Aeroflot operates a daily IL96 flight from Moscow.

Tatarstan operated in May and June almost daily to Antalya but flights are now (August) only a few times per week. Tatarstan took over some A319 aircraft which replaces Tu154.
If you are very lucky you might see Kazaviapas using a Tu-154.

New airlines or aircraft for the 2013 season at Antalya are Sunday Airlines (B757),  Grozny Air (Yak42) but not regular. Some days 4 flights., Bingo Airways (A320), Nordwind A320 (new type in fleet) and Kharkiv Airlines (B767 (not seen yet) and B737), Atlantic Airways A319 from Billund and Copenhagen, IKAR Airlines B757, Iraqi Airways with CRJ900. Back this season is Uzbekistan Airways using the B757. Was not seen in years 2012 and 2011. New is also Balkanian Airways flying a single Boeing 737-322 LZ-BOT. Helvetic operates the  new Airbus A319 to Antalya on Sundays.

Air Caucasus announced on their website it will operate a couple of charter flights to Antalya from Tblisi. Dates are    18, 28 august, 5, 14 september . SCG1561 arrival at 11:00. SCG1562 departure at 13:00. The airline operates a MD-83, N992JM according to CH-aviation.

Wind Rose Air operates their new A330 to Antalya but very irregular. In the first weeks after delivery being August it mainly operated from Kiev to Heraklion. On Sunday it was seen operating to Dalaman. Windrose A330 was seen at AYT on Friday August 8 arriving ar 0630 AM. It was also scheduled for August 19 (Monday) and Tuesday August 20.

Kharkiv Air operated using the B737 in the pre-season of 2013. At August 29 the B767 UR-CLT was seen for the first time in AYT. It now operates at least on Saturdays,

Nordwind Airlines appeared for the first time at Antalya with Boeing 767 VP-BOZ painted in  full Pegas livery. Pegas is a Russian tour operator. Also a Boeing 757 is painted in this livery.

Air Serbia is also new. This is the new name for Jat Airways.

For an overview of airlines serving AYT see Wikipedia.

Seen in 2012 but gone in 2013 are: Aerosvit (broke), Sky Express (broke),  DonBassaero (broke), Air Finland (broke), XL Airways Germany (broke), Sky Airlines (broke in June 2013)

Compared to other years the variety has become less. Many interesting airlines with a few aircraft in their fleet disappeared. Traffic is dominated by  carriers like Transaero, Nordwind, Ural and UT Air.

AYT is a very busy airport. In 2011 the airport ranked 21th of worlds busiest airport. We went there in May and there were not many quiet periods. Traffic continues 24 hours a day.
At around 0600 the first wave of inbounds starts with many aircraft from Russia and other CIS states. Light is already very good so be sure to be at the right place. Later in the morning some European airlines appear. The Europeans are far less in quantity than the Russian airlines.
From 1200 to 1400 the sun in above the aircraft so no good light conditions.

Saturday was a busy day, Sunday a bit more quiet and Monday was more quiet than Sunday. On Monday still lots of interesting traffic to be seen.

On some days like Saturday a lot of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS, Jet Time. TUI Fly Nordic, Norwegian, Primera, Novair, Thomas Cook Scandinavian arrive after 2100.)

Best period to visit are May till September. The season ends at the end of September. I guess June, July and August are the best to see the most aircraft. It will be hot then as well and the sun will be high. During the Ramadan season some charter flights might appear which are not seen during the rest of the season. Ramadan is from July 9 till August 7 2013.

There are many spots for photos around the perimeter. Most of them are landing shots. Some photographers were able to get ramp access in recent years. You will need contacts inside the airport though.

A nice photoreport of Antalya is here. (from a vistit in August 2013)
Another report  from Eddy Cuperus at September 2012 here,  

Runway usage

AYT has three runways: 18L/36R, 18C/36C and 18R/36L. I believe 36L/18R is only used for military traffic.  18L/36R and18C/36C are equally long. During our stay we could not find a pattern in the runway assignment. Runway 36C/18C seems to be the most used for landings and takeoff. This because it is close to Terminal 1. Terminal 1 is used by most international traffic and also for domestic traffic. If traffic is busy 18L/36R is used as well.
Most of the times Transaero B777 and Northwind landed on 18L/36R but they do land on the other runway if traffic allows.
During two days in May there was a change in landing direction. In the evening and early morning planes were landing on 36C and 36R. This changed at around 10:00 to 18C and 18L. Then back to 36C/36R from around 1800. However there is no pattern. Because of strong winds one day only landings towards the north were done the whole day.

I went to Antalya in September for one day spotting during a family holiday. All aircraft where using 36R in the morning till about 10:00. Then they switch to landings on 18C. All aircraft again used 18C. So there is no pattern to be found. If you are Lucky there is a single runway operation.

AYT has been notorious for spotters being checked and sent away by military and police. However I have not seen any actual report on this. It might be a myth! The airport has a military base as well but is not very active. All over the perimeter fence are watchtowers. Most of them are unmanned all the time however. The entry to the military base is still manned.
We did not see any police nor military staff during our three day stay. We did stay away from the fence and made sure the watchtowers could not see us. I have not heard from people who got checked or sent away either in recent years.

During my one day spotting in September I saw the police approaching another spotter. Police were very friendly. One of them even told he took pictures of aircraft as well. He said there is no problem with taking pictures. Just make sure your car is not blocking the road.


We stayed in the IC Airport hotel near the airport. This hotel has great rooms , an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness, free wifi in the rooms and a free  shuttle service to the airport. Car park is free as well. Breakfast was included but only average quality. Orange juice and coffee made out of powder says it all. Limited selection of fruit. There is a very large buffet breakfast with something for all tastes. It was open early from 5 30am until 10 30am. We used the later time some days after our first photo session of the day. ( you may wish to go back some day and we certainly did not starve.)
We did not try the self service dinner buffer in the evening. There are no restaurants near the hotel. The airport has Burger Kings restaurants at Terminal 2, inside the domestic terminal and outside the Terminal 1 International.
Near the airport on the main road heading to Antalya there is an outlet shopping center with a food court.
The best asset of the IC Airport hotel is the terrace at the second floor at the north finger which offers great views of landing traffic. When 18L is in use you are able to make great pictures, sitting in a chair and enjoying a drink.
Rooms 2501 till 2513 overview the approach of 18L and 18C and are located just a few meters from the terrace where you take pictures of 18L landings.

At Lara beach , close to Antalya are a lot of tourist hotels. Aircraft on approach for 36C/R pass the area and can be read off. For decent photos aircraft are too high. This place can be good when you take the wife/girlfriend with you. Drive to the airport is just 20 minutes or so.
An overview of hotels good for spotting can be found here.

What is essential for spotting at AYT:

To be able to catch most of the traffic, essential is:
-a tablet or smartphone for Flightradar24 and the AYT airport app
-an internet data connection for the smart phone or tablet
-the Antalya airport app. This app has the complete schedule for the next 24 hours including type of aircraft and registration. Very handy to see what is coming, the expected arrival time etc. A must have.  The app even lists private jets and military aircraft. In July I saw 5 antonov 32’s of the India Airforce listed from Cairo. Mind the app has a strange behavior. At around 2100 the flights for the next day appear in the app. But not all flights. Check a few hours later or early in the morning for a complete list. On one evening there were none Transaero flights listed when I checked the app at around 2035. At 2120 there were 7 Transaero flights listed! Very strange. On other days a lot of Travel Service and Sunday Airlines were not listed at 22:00.

-a scanner can be very handy. Most of the time two runways are in use for landings. The runway is assigned most of the times around 10-15 minutes before landing by ATC. That gives you time to position yourself at the spot you want to be.
I am not sure if the usage of a scanner is allowed in Turkey. So advise is to keep your scanner out of sight.
-a car. There are many spots around the airport. You will move because of the sun, changing runways, to get food and drinks etc.  A rental car costs around Euro 30 per day.
-a description in Turkish language about the hobby of spotting. A magazine with pictures of aircraft helps to explain the locals about our hobby.
-food and drinks. AYT can be very hot. Make sure you have food and drinks. At the road on the east side of the airport several fuelstations are located for drinks etc.
-the Google map with the places to spot

Airlines operating to AYT

In three days time (May 18-20 2013) we saw all the AYT regular Russian airlines. Transaero with B747 and a single Tu204 flight, many Northwind with A321, B767, B757 and B777. Ural several daily flights with A321. UT Air with B757 and B737. Orenair with B737. I-Fly with A330 and B757 daily. Windrose with A321/A320 daily.  Yamal and Kolavia one or two flights per day. Tatarstan showed up using the former A319 of Russline still in the nice red livery. Tatarstan also daily with A319 and B737. Tatarstan  is the only Tu154 operator to AYT left. They appear several times per week.
New this year is Sunday Airlines with B757 in a nice livery. They are almost every day present at AYT. Also SCAT is present again using B757. Donavia with A319.

Air Bashkortostan comes in at least once a week on Friday using B757. Mostly using a VIM Airlines aircraft.

We saw two Yak42’s in three days. One of Saravia and one of South Airlines UR-CKO. This was parked all three days at the south remote apron.
I believe a daily flight is an Aeroflot IL96. They also sent an A330 almost daily.
Polet comes in several times per week with an An148.

Grozny Air operates up to 4 daily flights to AYT using the Yak42. I have seen flights listed on Thursdays and Fridays. We did not see them operate on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
Moskovia operates a few times per week using the B737.
Investavia operates a Fokker 100 flight on at least Thursday and Sunday. Bek Air is another Fokker 100 operator to AYT.

Tatarstan Air lost its AOC per December 31 2013 because of the crash of the Boeing 737.

The high season has to start for the Russians I guess. We did not see Transaero B777 and Orenair B777 in pre-summer. I am sure soon they will show up as well.

End of September the season really ends. After September till about April you will mostly see charters and schedules from Germany. The airport is very quiet on these months.

Where to spot

There are many spots at AYT for photos. All approaches can easily be photographed. From the new terminal 2 ground shots can be made. Mind the heatwaves in summer for groundshots.

A good selection of photos taken at AYT at August 2014 can be seen here,

some indications for lenses needed: (thaks Andreas Fietz)

RWY 18L morning B757 160mm, B733 220mm.
RWY 18L afternoonB752 190mm, B738 230mm, B744 130mm
RWY 36C afternoon B738 260mm 
RWY 36R morning B738 220mm, B752 180mm, B744 120mm
RWY 36C morning A320 190mm, B752 150mm
RWY 18C afternoon A320 285mm, B752 210mm, B744 150mm
RWY 18C morning  B738 180mm, A333 105mm

To reach the spots described below the best is to drive clockwise around the perimeter starting in the north from the IC Airport Hotel.

See this Google Maps map for all spots.

Spot 1:
Spot 1 is at a parking place of a bus company. We stayed here only a short while so not sure if the buscompany appreciates visitors. This spot is good in the morning for arrivals on 18L. There are some other places in the area as well to park the car. To reach this from the IC hotel or entry road of the airport: Take a left turn at the traffic lights direction East, and take a left at around 400 meters.


Spot 2:
Spot2 is at an unfinished two stories apartment building close to runway 36R. From here you can see the airport and you are above the fence. We did not try this spot but found many pictures on the internet which were taken here.
To reach this spot, drive on the road from the airport toward the south. Immediately after passing the BP fuel station, take a right and enter the smaller road. Continue for about 1 km and then you will see the fence of the airport. Take a left and drive parallel to the fence heading south. Soon you will see the unfinished buildings.

Spot 3 is good in the mornings for landings at 36R. This spot is 40 meters from a small and very oldstyle supermarket. Here you can buy fresh bread, drinks and some fruits. The owner is very nice and offered us tea. He does not speak a word of english.
From this spot you have an overview of the approach of 36R and 36C and offers enough time to prepare for a photo.
To reach this spot, continue from spot 2 towards to south next to the airport fence. The road bends to the right. At the red crash gate take a left and enter the smaller road. After 400 meters you will see a café and small supermarket on your left. Continue a bit more south and on your left you will see a small road. Park the car here.

Spot 4 is good in the afternoon for landings on 36R. From spot 4 drive towards to airport. Take left and follow the perimeter fence. The road bends towards the north. Take the first road to the left. You see left and right glasshouses. At the crossing with a large steel pole used for electricity take a left turn. This is a small dead end road. Continue to the end and you will see a grass area. Park the car there. You will have a nice view of landing aircraft.

Below the pole which is at the crossing. Drive towards to south on a small dead end street for landing shots at 36R in the afternoon!
The panorama photo shows an overview.


Spot 5 is good for landings at 36C. From spot 4 go back to the road running east/west. At the crossing with the pole, take a left direction west. Follow the road for a kilometer or 2. The road has few bends. After a while you will see a large place where you can park the car. This overviews the approach.

Spot6 is good for landings at 36C in the afternoon. Good from about 1400 till sunset. From spot 5 continue towards the west. At the crossing with a major road, take a right and drive towards the fence of the airport. Take a left, continue north. The road bents left but continue north on the dead end road.After 100 meters park the car at the small road next to the glasshouse. If you continue you will drive towards the gate of the military base.

Spot 7 is good for landings at 36C. From the airport entry road take a left towards Antalya. After around 300 meters go right. Cross the road which runs parallel to the main road. Then after 200 meters take a right. This is another road which runs parallel to the main road. Continue until the roads bends to the left. Park you car next to the tree and close to the fence. This fence is the entry of a large car repair company.

Spot 8 is good for landings at 36C in the afternoon. From spot 7 drive towards the east. Continue on this road. The roads gets narrow and bends towards the right. After the right bend, park your car. This dead-end road is hardly used so no problem blocking the road.

Spot 9 is at terminal 2. Terminal 2 offers on both side possibilities for photos of aircraft on 36L and R. You park the car at the parking place. Costs are around 7 Lira per hour. At the side of the desks of tour operators you can make photos. Also on the east side of the terminal building photos are possible. Inside the terminal I did not find possibilities for photos landside.

Spot 10 is inside the domestic terminal. Airside there are several spots for photos behind glass. The glass is clear and pretty clean. You are facing the west so photos in the morning are the best. We did not have any problems here taking photos.

Spot 11:
This spot is located between the two runways. It overlooks the aprons closest to Terminal 2. You are next to the airport fence. It also overlooks a taxiway. A ladder is needed. As you are next to the fence there is a risk to be spotted by guards and police.

Spot 12:
In my second visit this year I found this spot. Park the car in the corner of the road and walk 50 meters, You are standing next to a greenhouse. Very good in the morning for arrivals at 36R.

A very good report mentioning some of the above spots and many photos is here. 


This is the timetable active for August 2013. In the future things might change.
I only mention the interesting aircraft which can be seen once or only a few times per week. Lots of aircraft can be seen almost every day. Sunday Airlines is here almost daily but decided to mention it here. Also flights shown are limited to those arriving between 0600 and 2000 as this is in daylight.

Between brackets the dates I have seen the flight listed. I do not check daily. If there are no brackets the flight is very regular.

Not regular are Petra Airlines, Luk Aero, Jordan Aviation, Grozny Air, Aviatrans K

Wednesday has a lot of Travel Service flights. Thursday seems to be the most quiet day with just a few interesting flights.

Aeroflot has at least one daily IL96 flight from Moscow. It arrives at and departs at 0815 (AFL7221)


0630-         Orenburg Air                 b777 ORB9831/       (August 19/26)
0710-080   Aeroflot                          IL96 AFL7220/
0715- 0815 Polet                                An148 POT8909
0815-0915  Aeroflot                           IL96 AFL7230

0845-0930 Air Bucharest B737 BUR101/102 YR-TIB
0830-…. Sunday Airlines B757 VSV498
0905-0955 Air moldova E190 MLD755
1015-          Wind Rose        A330 WRC7011  (August 19/26)
1050-1145 Jetairfly B737 CRL7435 OO-JAR
1110-1245 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV475/476
1130-          Mistral Air                 B737 MSA1611
1225-1330 Thomas Cook Scandinavia A330 VKG807/808
1230-1345 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV471/472
1230-          Saravia                  Yak42 SOV2947 (irregular)
1245-1410 Thomas Cook Skan A330 VKG133/134
1355-         transaero                        B777 TSO809
1430-1505 Transaero Tu204 TSO9549 fron Domodedovo (times can also be 1310)
1415-1550 Air Bucharest B737 BUR103/104
1730-1840 Aeroflot                IL96 AFL7226/7227
1700-          Saravia        Yak42 SOV2923  (August 19)
1800- 1900     Iraqi Airways                CRJ9   (June 17 , no august 19&26)
1810-             Mistral Air            B737 MSA1613

1925-2010  Air Bucharest           B737    BUR105


Many Travel Service flights which I will not mention
0815-0915 Polet airlines An148 POT8909/8910 (sometimes 0715 arrival )
0610-0700 Moskovia B737 GAI9419/9420 (times changed since last week, 0810 (june 10/17/july 16))
0705-         Luk Aero         A320 LIS2454 (August 20) august 28 arrival 1215
0815-          Wind Rose        A330 WRC7011  (august 20/27)
0820-0930 Russia B767 SDM8331/8332
0825-0905 Transaero T204 TSO9549/9550
0830-1545 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV468/469
0920-         Belle Air               A320 LBY0601 (weekly schedule)
0905-0955 Air Moldova E190 MLD755/756
1025-          Investavia               F100 TLG1151 (june 17, july 16, August 20)
1110-1245 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV475/476
1130-1255 Transaero B767 TSO9817/9818
1140- 1230 Georgian Airways  b737 TGZ1619/1620
1200-1245 Air Baltic B737 BTI7717/7718
1220-1320  Azerbaijan Aw      b757/B767 AHY025/026
1225-          Aeroflot                 IL96 AFL2142
1230-1345 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV471/472
1305-          Uzbekistan AW b757 UZB3521 (June 10/17/july 16/August 20)
1330           Saratov                  Yak42 SOV2947  (seems weekly)
1430           Royal Wings          A320 RYW6603  (august 20, not 28)
1530-1620 Donavia A319 DNV4356/357
1630-          Orenair               B777 OR9431
1635-          MEA                     a320 MEA7263 (july 16/august 20/28
1700-          Saravia                Yak42  SOV2923 (August 20)
1730-         Aeroflot                 IL96 AFL7226
1745-1835 SmartLynx A320 ART231/232
1810-           Luk Aero             A320 LIS2451
1815-          Petra Airlines      A320 PTR2911  (august 20, not 28)
1910-          Air Astana         B757 KZR 915


Wednesday is a Polish charter day. Bingo and Enter Air have several flights which are rare on other days to be seen. Also many Travel Service flights.
Also around 3 flights of Ikar Airlines
Tatarstan Tu154 one or two flights. Times are different  each week,

0645-         Saravia                SOV2955 (june 19/july 10/august 21)
0710-         Aeroflot                IL96 AFL7220
0715-.0815 Polet                   An148 POT8909/8910 (arrival sometimes at 0915 June12/19)
0730-0830 Russia                   B767 SDM833/834
0730-          bingo airways     A320 BGY1471 (June 19/july10/august 21)
0815-         Aeroflot                IL96 AFL7230
0815-0935   Wind Rose            A330 WRC7011/7012 (August 21)
0840-0940 Travel Service   B737 TVS1392/1393
0840-0940 Travel Service   A320  TVS1494/1495
0915-          Polet                  An148 POT8909
0935-          bingo Airways  A320 BGY1481 (June12/19/july10)
0855-0955 Travelservice   B737   TVS2630/2633
0920-1005 Enter Air          B737 ENT1615/7624
0920-          Belle Air           A320 LBY601 (July 17/August21)
0935-         Bingo                  A320 BGY1481
0940-0920 Small Planet    B737  LLC3508
1010-1110 Enter Air            B737 ENT6635/6638
1050-1150 Travel Service Poland B737 TVP 7208/7213
1100-1200 Iraqi Airways       CRJ900 IAW207 (June 19/July 3/july 10/17/August21)
1110-1245 Sunday airlines   b757   VSV475/476
1130-1245 Sunday Airlines   B757  VSV470/477
1145-1245  Jet Time           B737 JTG743/744
1225-1325  Air Astana         A320 KZR215/216  (regular)
1230-1345  Sunday Airlines   b757  VSV471/472

1415-1505 Moskovia Air     B737  GAI9419/9420 (June 12/19/July 10/17/August 21)
1430-1515 Travel Service     b737  TVS1192/1193
1430-          Bingo Airways       A320 BGY1473 (June 19/july 17/august 21)
1450 -1535 Travel Service     b737  TVS1194/1195
1520-1620  Travel Service     B737  TVS2600/2601
1745-          Bingo Airways BGY1483  (June 12/19/july17/August 21) times changes per week
1700-1815 Nordwind          B777  NWS1809/1810
1730-          Aeroflot               IL96   AFL7226

1740-          enter Air              B737 ENT7623
1815-1915 Travel Service    B737 TVS2632/2631
1830-2000 Air Astana         A320 KZR915/916 (can be B767 as well)
1900           moskovia             B737 GAI9419 (July3 not July 10)
1840-1940 Travel Service Poland B737 TVP7212/7209
2040           Bingo Airways           A320 BGY1475

1900           Royal Wings         A320 RYW6903 (June, July3/10) (also listed 1835)


Tatarstan every day with quite a few flights. One or two Tu154 flights.
0710-          Aeroflot                   IL96 AFL7220
0730- 1955    Saravia                   Yak42 SOV2931/2930 (june 6/13/august 22)
0730- 0830   Kharkiv Airlines     b737 KHK1101 (june 13,20/august 22)
0750-         Russia                      B767 SDM8331
0800-1245 Sunday airlines B757 VSV482 Aktyubink
0810-         Moskovia                GAI9419  (june 13/20/august 22)
0815-         Aeroflot                   IL96 AFL7230
0815-         Wind Rose               A330 WRC7011
0845-        Air Bucharest          B737 BUR401 (June 13/20/august 22)
0900         Ikar Airlines             B757 KAR1897
0935-       Small planet B737 LLc3524 Vilnius
0920-1040 Belle Air               A320 LZ601/601
1100        air Cairo                     A320 MSC6663 (June20/august 22)
1110-1245 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV475 Astana
1200- 1245 Sunday Airlines/SCAT       B737 VSV484/485   fronm Atyrau UP-B3712 (august 22)
1200-1245 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV 484 Atryrau
1210-            Azerbaijan Air         b757 AHY025 (june 20)
1255-         Adria                        a320 ADR428 (june 13/20)
1355       Transaero                B777 TSO809   (July 15)
1415-        air Bucharest          B737 BUR403 (june 13/20/july 15/august 22)
1530-             Nordstar Airlines B737    TYA5501
1455- 1545  Moldavian      B737 MDV352/352
1500 Kharkiv Airlines B738  KHK2101  (June13/20/July 15/august 22 times variable)
1545-1700 Donavia            B737 DNV4356 donavia
1730-            Aeroflot           IL96  AFL7226
1745-          smartLynx        A320 ART540
1830-         Air Astana            b757 KZR915

1740-         Transaero        Tu204 TSO9549  (flight seems to be changed to B747 )

many Travel Service flights which I will not mention below.
Tatarstan used the Tu154 in the pre summer months but the Tu154 is getting rare now as well.
2 B777 flights of Nordwind with different times

0730-             Aviatrans KCA4701      MD80  (june 21)
0630-             Orenburg air   B777 ORB9831 (june 14)
0710- 0840   Aeroflot        IL96 AFL7220/7221
0720-0905    Aeroflot        IL96 AFL7222/7223
0815-0915     Aeroflot        IL96 AFL7230/7231
0815-             Wind Rose     A330 WRC7011

0905-0955    Air Moldova   E190 MLD755 /756
0910-            Sunday Airlines B757 VSV494
0915-1015     Polet            An148  POT8909 (arrival also sometimes at 0715)
0920-           Belle Air             A320 LBY0601

0940-1040 Travel Service B737 TVS1392/1393
0950-    Sunday Airlines B757 VSV480
0920-1010 Belle Air A320 LBY601/602
1045- 0930    Air Bucharest  B737 BUR501/504 (june 14/21)
1110-1245   Sunday Airlines   B757  VSV475/476
1130-           Investavia F100 TLG1159 (very steady arrivals on Friday)
1230-1345  Sunday Airlines B757 VSV471/472
1815-           Petra Airlines PTR2911 ( JUne 13/august 23 seems irregular and times changes)
1305-1435 Uzbekistan Airlines B757/B767 UZB3521/3522 )
1325         nordstar Airlines     b737 TYA7301 (not seen august 23)
1415-1500 air Bucharest B737 BUR503/506 (june 07/14/21)
1415-          Moskovia B737 GAI9419
1540-1640 Travel Service B737 TVS2684/2685
1700-xxx Saravia Yak42 SOV   June 07/14 but different times)
1730-1840 Aeroflot IL96  AFL7226
1925-          Air Bucharest BUR505
1925-2005 Small Planet LLC3525
2035-2120  Niki              EMB190 NLY2460
By *far* the best day of the week. Many Travel Service flights. Some Enter Air and Bingo airways.
Atlantic Airways A319s seem to be not operating anymore to AYT on Saturdays.,

0515-0600 Moskovia          B737  GAI9420 (July 6/august 24)
0505-0640  Orenair            B777 ORB9832 (July 6)
0620-0700  Bingo Airways  A320 BGY2412 (July 6/august 24)
0640-           Kharkov Air     b737 KHK1101 (august 24,31)
0700-           Saravia              Yak42 SOV2955/ (times differ per week,
0705-           Luk Aero            A320 LIS2454 (july 6/august24/31) UR-CKR
0710-            Aeroflot             IL96 AFL7220
0715-           Polet                   An148 POT8909    times changes each week, also 0845 and 0945
0720-           Wind Rose           A330 WRC7011
0740-         Kharkov Air          B737 KHK3101 (August 24,31)
0830 -1345 Sunday Airlines    B757 VSV468/472
0815-           Aeroflot                 IL96 AFL7230
0830-           Sunday Airlines B757 VSV468
0840-…. Small Planet A320 LLC3525
0840-…. small Planet B737 LLC3523
0900-…. Smartlynx A320 MYX535
0905       smartlynx A320 ART231
0920-1040 Belle Air A320 LZ601/602 e
1000-       bingo airways   A320 BGY1491
1005     small Planet  A320 LLP8001 (June08)
1010-   Blue Air           B737 JOR061 (june15, july6 ) times variable also seen 1110
1015 –         wings of Lebanon  A320  WLB4223 (operated by Petra Airlines ) Seen August 31
1040      Grozny air       yak42  GOZ9723  (probably irregular/August 24)
1045-       Atlantic Airways    A319 FLI7106   (July6, not seen august 24,31))
1100-     Aigle Azur                A321 AAF909 seen in august, not seen september 7
1110-      Blue Air                 B737 BMS061   (August 24/31)
1115-1245 Bek Air F100 BEK2015/2016 (may24, june01, 08,15, not seen July 6& august 24,31)
1120-1200  Georgia Airways B737 TGZ1619/1620
1125-1215 Europe Airpost  b737  FPO291X/294x
1130-          Investavia           F100 TLG1164 times variable each Saturday,also 1430
1135        Georgian Aw.  CRJ TGZ1621
1140-1310 Air Astana B757 KZR915/916
1140-         grozny Air         Yak42 GOZ9725 (August 24)

1140-         Kharkiv Airlines        B767 KHK3101   September 7
1210-          Azerbaijan Aw B757 AHY025 (june15, july 6)
1230           Sunday Airlines b757 VSV471
1230-          Air Onix             b737 ONX4011
1330-          Bulgarian Air charter MD82 BUC6597 LZ-LDN  seen september 7
1340            Kharkov Air         B737 KHK2101  (August 24)
1345-          air Bucharest     b737 BUR603  (June, July 6)
1430-         Royal Wings            A320 RYW6603 (not seen august 31)
1510-1620 Donavia B737 DNV4356/4357  (June, July 6)
1720-  1900 Aeroflot          IL96  AFL7222/7223 (June01, july 6)
1730-          wings of lebanon     A320 WLB4229 (seen august 31,september 7)
1730-1840  Aeroflot         IL96  ALF7226/7227 (June01, july 6)
1800-1900 Rossia B767 SDM839/840
1815          Small Planet A320 LLP8501
1815-          smartlynx      A320 MYX539
1830-         MEA                 A320 MEA7263 (June30, July6/august 24)
1945         jordan Aviation   B737 JAV2467 (August 24)
2000-       Atlantic Airways   A319 FLI7108  (june30, july6)
0635-0800  Tatarstan                   Tu154 TAK8517/7591
0710-0840   Aeroflot                       IL96   AFL7220/7221
0715-0815   Polet                            An148 POT8909/8910 (not seen August 18)
0730-            Saravia                       Yak42 SOV2931 (June08, not seen August 18)
0730-0830 Kharkiv Airlines      B737  KHK1101/1102 (seen very often on sundays august 18)
0800-0900   Russia                          B767 SDM833/834 (not seen August 18)
0805- 0945  Ukraine Internationa A321 AUI8011/8014
0815-0915   Aeroflot                       IL96 AFL7230/7231
0815-            Windrose                    A330 WRC7011   (august 25)
0820-            Tatarstan                     tu154 TAK8515 (June08)

xxxx-1455   Ukraine inte               A320 AUI 5013/5014 UR-WRL

1025-1125 Air Astana A320 KZR215/216
1110-1245  Sunday Airlines B757 VSV475/476 UP- B5704
1140-         Helvetic                         A319 OAW5360
1220-1320 Azerbaijan B757/767 AHY025/026
1230-1545 Sunday Airlines B757 VSV471/472 LY-FLG
1230-         Air Atlantic                   A319   FLI7114 (August 18)
1305          Uzbekistan                   B757  UZB3521  (August 8)
1430-           royal Wings              A320 RWY6603 (August 16)
1500- Kharkiv Airlines B738 KHK 3101/1102
1730-1900   Aeroflot                   IL96 AFL7222/7223
1730-1840   Aeroflot                   IL96 AFL7226/7227
1740-      Yakutia Airlines            B737 SYL8537  (seen July, August 18)
1800-       Iraqi Airways               CRJ IAW207/         seen regular on Sundays
1830-    Moskovia B737 GAI9419/9420 (june 01 other times) also seen 1625 arrival
?  -1945  Sunday Airlines   B757 VSV    497
1900-2015   Air Astana              B757 KZR915/916
1955-           Jordan Aviation B737 JAV2467 (august 18)
not seen regular at Sundays
.ns.-1200 Investavia           F100 TLG1160 UP-F1002
1350-??    Investavia            F100 TLG 1155 (Caspiy F100)

News on MH17

This page will cover the news on MH17. I will do my best to catch up back into the history.

September 24
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is speaking out for the first time on the “unconventional” backdoor negotiations he led to get MH17’S black boxes and victims’ bodies out of eastern Ukraine (CNN)

September 25.
Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) sends open letter to #MH17 investigation team with 24 questions

Kiev cannot guarantee safe access to MH17 site (The Malaysian Insider)

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 never deviated from its flight plan route

I am a Dutch citizen. 298 innocent people not involved in a war were killed. We have to find the truth. Many lies are spread by parties involved. This blog is my way of helping to find the truth.

Many false information was spread by Russian state and Putin controlled media about the flight path of MH17. Russia states the flight path deviated to the north leading the aircraft right above separatists controlled area in east Ukraine.

Is this true or not?

Summary: no it is not true. Russian media is not telling the truth. Continue below for the proof.

Flightradar24 is a very reliable way to track aircraft. Most civil aircraft have a transponder which transmits the aircraft height, speed, altitude, registration and flightnumber on a radio frequency. Using very simple equipment that data can be received by anyone interested. Many people worldwide have such equipment and voluntarilty feed Flightradar24 with data.

Below are three screendumps I made of MH17 flights. The flights were made at July 15, July 16 and July 17. It is easy to see the flights path are almost identical.

The next image shows an image of the flightpath suggested by Russia Today. Russia Today is a President Putin controlled tv station. Russia Today quotes Flightaware as its source. Notice that the flightpath of MH17 shown on Flightaware is a following a perfect route around the globe after entering Ukraine airspace. Notice as well the track changes from green to white. White indicates Flightaware did not receive a transponder signal from the plane. The reason for this is that Flightaware does not have a feed, unlike Flightradar 24, in Ukraine Coverage of Flightaware feeds is made clear here. 

All flight paths of MH17 in the last 2 months or so can be viewed a Flightradar24. Click on the small plane icon at the end of the line.

All flights of MH17 at July 15,16 and 17 entered Ukraine airspace around Lublin in Poland.
They all flew slightly north of Donetsk.
They all flew above separatists controlled area on July 15,16 and 17

The red dotted line shown in all images below show the shortest possible route between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.

The image below shows the flightpath of MH17 as flown in July 15!


Many other airlines were using the same route. For example Singapore Airlines on the Lodon Heathrow to Singapore route. See the image below for showing the route flown on July 16. Same route as Malaysian Airlines.


The image below shows the flightpath of MH17 as flown on July 16. See the registration of the aircraft in the left bottom corner: 9M-MRA
The aircraft flew slightly north of Donetsk.



Now lets look at the flight path of MH17 the next day, July 17. As shown on Flightradar 24 here.
The flightpath looks almost similar to the two days before. There is a small deviation to the north which started just north of Dnepropetrovsk. On July 15 and July 16 the flight overflew the separatists area as well.

Now lets look how the same flight is covered by Flightaware.

The picture below shows coverage of Flightaware. Clearly seen no coverage in Ukraine or further East.

This is the Flightaware track of July 16.

It is clearly visible the track color changes when the aircraft crossed the Polish-Ukraine border.

Now lets have a look how the Russian media and Russian state presents the routes.

In this article on Russia Today it states :


As you can easily conclude yourself using flightradar, the above is simply not true. Yes, MH17 of July 17 flew right over warn-torn Donetsk Region. But flights on July 15 and 16 as well!

The image below is used in the same article. The red line shows the flightpath according Russia Today. The aircraft was overflying the Crimea. Now scroll back in this article to the flightpath of July 15 as shown by Flightradar! Big difference.

In reality MH17 flights of July 15,16 and 17 flew almost the same route.

Now lets look what the Russia State presented during a press conference. See the slides here.

This image presented by Russian State shows a dramatic change of course of MH17 just above the city of Donetsk. This change is not shown in the Flightradar track.
I added the right arrow into the picture to indicate the flightpath of MH17 as presented by Russian State. The red line clearly makes a turn towards to northeast, then goes back southeast.

So it is up to you to judge who is right!


Spotting in Greece

This website has some good information on spotting at the airports below

  • Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” LGAV /ATH
  • Hios State Airport “Omiros” LGHI /JKH
  • Kerkira/Corfu State Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias LGKR /CFU
  • Rhodes State Airport “Diagoras” LGRP /RHO
  • Skiathos State Airport “Alexandros Papadiamantis” LGSK /JSI
  • Zakinthos State Airport “Dionisios Solomos” LGZA /ZTH
  • Athens International Airport “Hellinikon” (CLOSED) LGAT/HEW


spotting at Tokyo Narita (NRT)

Tokyo Narita is the international airport of Tokyo although it does have a couple of domestic flights. You will see the most variaty  of all Japanese airports here. The observationdecks and spots around the perimter offer good opportunities for photos but  a car and ladder can be very handy. 

The airport has two runways. 34L/16R is mainly used by the larger aircraft for takeoff. The Airbus a380 will always land on this runway. Runway assigment depends roughy on the terminal being used by the airline. Terminal one bound traffic and cargo will use 34L/16R for landing. Terminal two traffic like all low costs carriers will prefer to use 34R/16L. To be able to photograph all traffic you will need to shot at both airports and need at least two days. Hope for 16L in operation for landings as for this spot no ladder is needed.

Mind to enter the airport you need a passport. The shuttle bus or car will be checked by security when entering the airport.

There are two observationdecks at the airport. Both are free and open early and are open till late. The one at terminal one faces west and is good in the morning.It can be found by taking an elevator to the 5th floor. Not all elevators will go to the 5ft floor. The fence has wholes in it so a camera lens can stick through it. Opening times are:

6:30 – 21:00 (Apr.1 – Sep.30)
7:00 – 21:00 (Oct.1 – Mar.31)
Some more info here.

There is a Lawson conveniance store (small supermarket) located at the same level of the observation deck at terminal one. Leave the deck. Take a left turn and you find it.

The deck at terminal two is less attractive. It faces east so good in the afternoon. It is only usefull for taking pictures of aircraft which gates are facing the deck. The runway 16L/34R is too far away for decent photos. You cannot see the other runway from here. There are two decks. To reach the other, walk past the restaurants. It can be found on the highest level of the terminal. Entrance is free.

There is an aviation museum  (Koku Hakubutsukan) located near the approach of at 34L. This can be good for landingshots early in the morning. There goes a bus about two times per day to the museum from the terminal. For terminal one the busstop is 31. A taxi costs about 2000 Yen. The museum has a couple of aircraft parked outside like a YS11. These can be photographed for free. The museum has a small fee for entry. There is an observationdeck which allows for photos.

Along 34L there are a couple of good spots. You do need a ladder to be able to make shots though. This because the whole airport has high fences and some sort concrete sticks which allows to stick your lens through.

You do not need a ladder for spot 1. This is good for lineup shots and landing at 34L.

spot 4:
When landings are on 16L there is a very good spot near the begining of runway 16L. This spot is hard to reach by public transport. You will need to go to Narita station and then take a bus. From the Marroad Hotel & Narita Tobu hotel it will take about 50 minutes of walk. You do not need steps for this spot. The sun is good from about noon till sunset. There are some vendingmachines which offer water and softdrinks.

An example of photo taken here

Spot 5:
Halfway 16L there is a spot for aircraft taxiing back after landing 34R. You will need a big ladder though which gets you about 3 meters high. One of the local spotters might help you with that.

The Narita Tobu hotel has a free shuttlebus to the airport which runs about three times an hour. We stayed here and the hotel was fine. It had free Wifi in the rooms and was clean. Some rooms overlook the airport but as it is located in the middle of both runways, far for photos. 

The Toyoko Inn Narita Kuko is a popular hotel for spotters. It overlooks the approach of 34R and you are able to take landingshots of aircraft landing on 34R.

A few of the rooms of the Marroad have rooms overlooking runway 16R.

spot 6
This is the Sakura no Yama park,. Good spot for landings 16R. This is very popular by the locals to watch planes. You do not need a ladder here. from the terminal you can take the shuttle bus of the Marroad hotel. Then you will need to walk 10 minutes to the park. 

spot 7
Good for lineup and landing 16R. you need a ladder with 4 to 5 steps because of the concrete fence here. This spot can be very busy with spotters in the weekend. A car is required to reach this spot or a long walk from the Marroad hotel. The photo below was taken by Sjaak Louwen

spot 8
Lineup and landing 34L. For lineup shots 34L a small lader can be handy but not required. Landing shot example by Hisatomo Hosokoshi

Transport to Haneda
To reach Haneda from Narita you can take the train. We took the airport limousine bus as this brought us directly to our hotel. If you select a hotel make sure this is located near the Tokyo monorail or the railway. This runs with a few stops to all three terminals at Haneda airport.

We did not have any issues with police while spotting. There are a lot of Japanese aviation photographers. Unfortunately most of them do not speak english so it is hard to get in touch for a chat.

Make sure to read this website on spotting as well. The information is outdated but still usefull.

Japan is very well organized. Very clean. No rubbish on the streets despite there are very few dustbins on the streets. Very friendly people which are willing to help. Also not very expensive. Airport hotels can be a bit expensive but food is not. We had a meal in an airport restaurant for about 1200 yen. Drinks are about 120 yen from vending machines.

Spotting at Nagoya Airfield (Komaki airbase)

Nagoya Airfield used to be the domestic and international airport for Nagoya before the new Chuba Centrair airport opened. It is now a domestic airport only served by just one airline: Fuji Dream Airlines. The airport also has a military side which has KC767, Blackhawk helicopters, HS125 and many C130 Hercules aircraft based of the Japan Air Force. Also there is a Kawasaki repairplant. Not sure how active this is. We saw a few stored Phantoms and a F15.

Also there are some light aircraft and helicopters used for offshore based here. You might see a few bizjets as well. We saw two Japanese registered Cessna Citations during our visit in April 2014.

About 4 Fuji Dream aircraft are based at  Nagoya Airfield. With some carefull planning you will see them all in about two hours time.

The airport has a single runway 16/34. It has a  nice, free observationdeck located at the terminal on the west side of the runway. In the afternoon the sun is in the back. The runway is a bit far. You need about 270 mm for a C130 I guess. The Fuji Dream aircraft all park at the small finger pier and can easily be photographed from the deck. Some even with 70mm.

An alternative spot for photos is the parking lot next to the shopping mall. The shopping mall used to be the international terminal. It is now called Airport Walk. There is a fence next to the parking but it is not so low. This place will enable you to take shots of taxiing aircraft and aircraft on the runway. To reach the parking lot , exit the terminal builing, take a right and walk in a southerly direction towards the big blue building which is the shopping mall. It will take about 10 minutes walking.

To reach Nagoya Airport from Nagoya Chuba Centrair take the train from Chuba airport to Nagoya Station. There are several types of trains running on this track. The faster one does stop less and the trip takes 10 minutes less. The slowest train takes about 50 minutes to reach Nagoya Station. The station is signposted as Meitetsunagoya Station.

Exit the railway station on the East side. Cross the busy road and take a right turn. The busstop is about 25 meters from the zebra crossing. The bus stops at just a few stops before reaching the airport.

The image below shows the timetable of the bus running from Nagoya station



Osaka Kansai KIX spotting guide

This blog will inform you about photography / aircraft spotting at Kansai Airport. I have been here in April 2014.

Osaka Kansai (KIX) is the international airport of Osaka. It is served by a lot of airlines. Some interesting are Jeju , Air Busan A320/A321, easter Jet Boeing 737, Transasia A330,  Hawaiian A330. Also see here is Jetstar Japan and Starflyer.Have not seen Vanilla Airlines or Air Do. JAL/J-Air Saab, Dash8, Embraer and ANA Dash 8 are not seen here.

Just one United B777 and a single Boeing 737 here. Delta uses the B757. Unlike Tokyo which has a lot of US airlines

Fedex and UPS are seen here each day with Boeing 777, B767 , MD11 and B757.
Thai operates the Airbus A380
ANA has a few daily flights here. ANA Cargo ca be seen as well with the Boeing 767. Japan Airlines has just a few flights per day to Kansai.
Lowcost airline Peach is based here and uses terminal two exclusively. .

The airport has two parallel runways. 06R/24L which is the preferred runway and 06L/24R which is mainly in use when there are a lot of departures. 06L/24R is mostly being used between 09:00 and 12:00. After that it is back to single runway operations.

Kansai is a challenge for photography. The sunlight gets better after around 14:00. Before that you are facing the sun at the observation deck. If you are lucky landings are on 24R. If you are unlucky landings are on 06R and you will not be able to make decent photos. Except for aircraft parked at gates 1 to around 20.

There is a Lawson supermarket at the Aeroplaza. Located on level 1f (groundfloor). Here you can buy sandwitches and drinks. Aeroplaza is located under the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport.

To reach Kansai from Itami take the airport limousine bus. It wil take about 70 minutes and costs 1950 yen. It runs about twice an hour. Tickets can be purchased from the bus staff at the busstop. The busstop at Itami airport is 7c.

There are also two train companies going to Osaka Kansai.

spot 1:
The SkyView observation deck is located near 24L and can be reached by free shuttle bus departing from bustop number one at Terminal one. The bus runs every 20 minutes.

The observationdeck is actualy two building connected with a footbridge. It has multiple levels of outside decks offering nice views over both runways and the apron. It is opposite the Japanse coastguard hanger where some Saab 340’s and Puma helicopters are based.

The position for the sun at this is not optimal. In the morning you are facing the light. There are screens in the building showing arrival and depatures, including freighers and type of aircraft. There is also a shop selling aviation stuff like models and lots more. You can sit inside and watch the proceedings.

Typical photo taken from observationdeck of aircraft landing 24L.

Spot 2:
When 06L/24R is in uses there is a small hill located next to the carpark,of terminal two. The hill is high enough to get over the fence without the need for a ladder. The hill was purpose,built for watching planes as it has steps and a path from the terminal building. A Boeing 737 on the runway takes about 275mm.

To reach terminal two from terminal one, head for the plaza. This is the area where the hotel is,located. Go to the ground level. The free shuttle bus will leave every 5 minutes or so. To reach the mound, exit the terminal two, take a left turn and walk towards 06L/24R. Then follow the fence towards the northeast. Cannot be missed.

If landings are on 24R this is a great place. All aircraft will pass. If landings are on 06L you might miss aircraft which take an earlier runway exit.

This is an example of a photo taken here.

spot 3:
On the southside of  terminal two  are also some spots for photos. Just follow the fence towards terminal one untill you see a crashgate. The fence has a small hole between the upper and lower parts of the fence. Not big enough to,stick a lens through but you can take pictures. Continue walking towards terminal one and you,will come close to the taxiways connecting both runways. Stay clear from the fence and stay at the other side of the road. You wil not encouter issues,with police if you follow this simple rule.

spot 4 and 5:
At terminal one you can take pictures of some of the aircraft leaving or entering the gate. Go to the 4th level and walk either towards one of both sides depending what you like to,see. It might also be possible to take photos from the parkinggarage although long lenses are required.

This is an example of a picture taken from outside terminal one. And this is a photo taken at the north side of the terminal one.

spot 6 and 7:
Inside the terminal one after passing the securitycheck you will need to take the monorail shuttle  to be able to take pictures. At both sides of the terminal there are possibilities for photos.