Airport Spotting Websites & Resources

On this website we concentrate on spotting tips for airliners, not spotting tips for individual locations and airports. There are dozens of excellent websites dedicated to helping spotters find the perfect location for the best photos at any time of the day. In addition, many major airports around the world offer observation decks, terraces and parks which offer easy, safe airliner spotting.

Some Favorite Airport and Spotting Resources

Listed below are some of our favorite airport spotting resources.

General Spotting Info Website
Various Airports
Airport Spotting
Plane Spotting Hotels
Thirty Thousand Feet
Fresh Aviation Data Fresh Aviation + Fleet Data
News & Photos Aviation News, Photography, Events
SpottingLog Online Spotting Log & Database
USA Airports Website
DFW Airport

DFW Founders' Plaza

DFW Spotters on Facebook

Houston, Texas
New York NYCPlaneSpotting
LAX & Southern California
Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Spotters on Facebook
European Airports Website
London Heathrow
London Heathrow (LHR) Daily Movements
Birmingham Birmingham Airport (BHX) Daily Movements
Luton London Luton Airport (LTN) Daily Movements
Cottswold Cottswold Airport Spotting
Bristol Bristol Airport Spotting
Farnborough Farnborough Airport (FAB) Daily Movements
Paris Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport Spotting
Prague Airport

Viewing Terrace - The terrace can be found in the public zone of the departure lounge of Terminal 2, in front of the entrance to the building connecting it to Terminal 1, or in the public zone of Terminal 1, entrance via the Restaurace Praha restaurant.

Prague Airport Viewing Terrace

Paris Orly Paris-Orly Aeroport - Information, history, companies, airplanes, photos, etc.

Paris-Orly Aeroport
Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Zurich Zurich Airport (ZRH)
Japan & Australia Airports Website
Tokyo, Japan Narita Intl Tokyo Airport (NRT) Spotting
Sydney Sydney Airport (SYD)

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Shown below are some popular, publicly-accessible spotting sights around major airports.

LAX in Los Angeles

LAX plane spotting at the In-N-Out Burger, 9149 S. Supulveda Boulevard, in Los Angeles
LAX Plane spotting at In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles

Sydney Airport

Shep's Mound plane spotters lookout at the Sydney Airport. It features two raised platforms overlooking the airfield, expansive grassed areas, undercover shelter and dedicated car parking. Details at the Sydney Airport website
Observation Deck B at the Zurich Airport

Narita Airport in Tokyo

Tokyo's Narita Airport offers observation decks in Terminal 1 (5th floor) and Terminal 2 (4th floor) . Details, times and maps at the Narita Airport website
Tokyo's Narita Airport offers observation decks in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2


Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Texas

Entrance area at Founders' Plaza Airport Observation Area at the north side of the DFW Airport in Grapevine, Texas Details about DFW Founders' Plaza
Entrance area at Founders' Plaza Airport Observation Area at the north side of the DFW Airport in Grapevine, Texas

Founders' Plaza operated by the DFW International Airport Board
Founders' Plaza operated by the DFW International Airport Board

Founders' Plaza at DFW Airport ... the area features ample free parking, covered picnic tables and live ATC broadcasts ... plus these playful sculptures!

The playful sculptures at Founders' Plaza at DFW International Airport in Grapevine, Texas

An American Airlines Boeing 777 on final approach seen from Founders' Plaza
American Airlines Boeing 777 on final approach at the DFW International AIrport (June, 2019)

American Airlines Airbus A321-231, Registration N150NN, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Delivered on November 14, 2015. Airbus Construction Number 6828. AA Fleet Number 882. (Staff Photo, July, 2021)
American Airlines Airbus A321-231 N150NN at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport


Vancouver, British Columbia Airport

Larry Berg Flight Path Park at YVR Airport, Vancouver, British Columbia
Larry Berg Flight Path Park at YVR Airport, Vancouver, British Columbia

Larry Berg Flight Path Park at YVR Airport in Vancouver
Larry Berg Flight Path Park at YVR Airport, Vancouver, British Columbia


Frankfurt Airport

The transit zone of Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 now offers a roof terrace. Besides fresh air, it boasts a spectacular view of the bustling activity at Germany’s largest aviation hub: ground handling, takeoffs and landings.

Covering an area of 138 square meters, the Open Air Deck is well worth a visit. It can be accessed by all passengers in the non-Schengen zone.

Visitors to the airport can also enjoy the panoramic view of the apron and airfield from the Visitors’ Terrace (see photo below), which is located on Level 4 (next to the Food Plaza) in the publicly accessible part of Terminal 2. Details at the Frankfurt Airport website

Visitors Terrace at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany

Heathrow Airport

Terminal 2
From Wondertree in the departure lounge there are great views out over the runway.

Terminal 3
There are panoramic runway views from the No.1 Traveller Lounge (a charge applies), and more intimate views from some of the departure gates.

Terminal 4
You'll find our View Heathrow observation deck (near Gates 15 and 16) the perfect vantage point, with its 270-degree panoramic view of the southern runway, binoculars and flight-tracking touch screens. (see photo below)

Terminal 5
Once you're in the departure lounge there are airfield views almost everywhere, but Gordon Ramsay Plane Food and wagamama offer particularly fine ones.

Heathrow Academy
There's a covered viewing stand for non-passengers at the Heathrow Academy building (formerly the visitor centre) in Newall Road, looking on to the northern runway (postcode TW6 2RQ). There is a charge for parking but the stand itself is free to use at all times.

Details about spectator areas at the Heathrow Airport website

View Heathrow Observation Deck

Zurich Airport

Observation Deck B at the Zurich Airport, one of Switzerland’s most popular excursion destinations, attracting 300,000 visitors a year. Details at the Zurich Airport website
Observation Deck B at the Zurich Airport

Vilnius Airport

Vilnius Aiport in Lithuania has opened a new plane spooting area where you can watch and photograph aircraft. A convenient location for the site, which is raised above the ground and also be accessible to the disabled, is set up next to the Salininkai Gardens, right behind the fence of Vilnius Airport, where everyone can enter. The location of the site was chosen considering both the technical capabilities and the best view for its visitors as airplanes ascend and descend very close to the site.

The site consists of two parts: an underground and an elevated part specially adapted for the needs of photographers; yet, it is also good for simply watching the aircrafts. A shelter and benches have been set up in the site, and next to it is a car parking lot. 
Details at the Vilnius Airport website

Vilnius Aiport aircraft spotting area


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

The SkyTerrace is an outdoor observation deck at San Franisco International Airport in California.  Located pre-security in Terminal 2, The SkyTerrace is open seven days a week from 7 AM – 10 PM. Access is free and no ticket or boarding pass is required, but visitors will undergo a security check as they enter the space.  Details at the SFO Airport website

Sky Terrace at SFO Airport


Spotting airliners at the San Diego Airport?  Click for details about area lodging options, attractions and maps


The Airplanes Online series of aviation websites
World War II, the Cold War and modern day airplanes Military and airliner boneyards in the U.S., Europe & Australia Design, development, specifications, and photographs of the Boeing Superfortress Airplane museums, exhibits, memorials and air parks


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