This series of articles looks at the individual spotting locations at Frankfurt International – one of Europe’s busiest, largest, and most interesting airports.
Frankfurt is one of a number of big European airports (and many in Germany) which offer official places for spotters and enthusiasts to watch and photograph aircraft on the ground and using the runways.
The spotting locations at Frankfurt that we’ll look at are:
- Terminal 2 Terrace
- Motorway / Zeppelinheim / Berlin Airlift Memorial
- Runway 18
- New Runway 07L/25R Runway
New Runway 07L/25R Runway
In this article, we’ll look at the location alongside runway 07L/25R, which is the newest official spotting location at Frankfurt Airport, built alongside the new runway opened in 2011.
It features a raised metal platform with steps either end, and walkway along the top which raises you above the fenceline. It has no shelter from the rain, and there are no facilities nearby for food, drink etc.
The spot has a car park to use close by.
What Can You See?
The new Runway 07L/25R is used only for arrivals. However, not all arrivals will use the runway.
This viewing platform is good for photographing aircraft with have landed on either end of this runway, since they all pass in front of the platform.
Sadly movements elsewhere at the airport are not visible, apart from distant views of aircraft departing runway 25C and 25L.
It is also interesting to see the rigs and parts of scrapped aircraft used by the fire training department situated close to this viewing location.
Photographing aircraft landing on runway 07L/25R is easy, with elevated sections of the platform lifting you over the fence and little to obstruct your view.
Once aircraft have landed, they often taxi by close in front of you, particularly if they’ve landed on 25R.
You’ll need a 200mm+ lens to cover all aircraft on the runway, or shorter for aircraft on the taxiway.
To get there drive west along Airportring following signs initially for Kelsterbach/Rüsselsheim. Turn right onto Okrifelter Strasse after the taxiway bridge, and then turn right into the car park.
If you’re not driving, it takes 30 minutes to walk here from the terminals.
What You’ll See at Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt is a major hub airport in central Europe.
It is the main operating base for Lufthansa, plus its regional and cargo partners.
You’ll also find other German carriers in abundance, like Condor and TUIfly Deutschland.
As you would expect, Frankfurt is well linked by most European scheduled carriers, as well as major airlines from Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East.
Cargo airlines are quite prevalent at night, and there are a number of biz jet movements most days.
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