Guide to Innsbruck - Kranebitten Airport

Contributors: dan330, Emanuel L, WhiskyHotel
Updated Monday 14th November, 2011

ICAO Code: LOWI
IATA Code: INN

Latitude: N47° 15' 29"
Longitude E11° 20' 55"

Sunrise Today: 06:05
Sunset Today: 20:19

Often referred to as "The Heart of the Alps", the city of Innsbruck is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery with summits towering as high as 8,000 ft. The narrow valley guarantees fascinating approaches for crews, passengers and aviation photographers alike. Most of the traffic is generated in the winter season with the majority of movements at the weekends, when dozens of airlines from Britain, Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands bring holidaymakers to Tyrol. Their Airbuses, Avroliners as well as Boeing 737's and 757's dominate the scene. In the winter season 2010/11, there were an increasing number of flights also during the week, particularly by Transavia and EasyJet. Sadly, the incoming flights from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are gradually taken over by Austrian companies like Austrian and Niki. Sibir with its colourful A319's and A320's is still operating to INN in the winter season of 2011/12, so is Aeroflot, and there is always a fair share of more exotic visitors from Eastern countries in January around the Orthodox Christmas holidays. Make sure to check out the timetables for 2 January and the following days until 10 January. Do not expect too many Russian built types though: the Yak 40's and 42's have become pretty rare due to more stringent noise regulations at the airport. Check out Hawkeye's Spotters Forum (including a news ticker) for details and information at short notice. Among the most frequent airlines are British Airways, Thomas Cook, Monarch, EasyJet, FlyBE, Thomsonfly, Finnair, Jet Time, SAS, SAS Norge, Atlantic Airways, Malmoe Aviation, Transavia and Air Berlin. What makes spotting so attractive at INN among other reasons: some of these companies send most of the types in their fleets to Tyrol on a single day, particularly Saturdays!
In summer, the majority of flights are outgoing charters to Mediterranean holiday destinations operated by Austrian/Austrian arrows, Niki, Sun Express, Travel Service and Air Malta with fewer incoming flights from Britain or Scandinavia (EasyJet, Thomsonfly, Monarch, FlyBE, Finnair). Checking the website of Innsbruck Airport is worthwhile before planning a spotting trip.
Scheduled operations concentrate on feeder services to the Star Alliance hubs of Vienna and Frankfurt, but Austrian Arrows and Austrian also operate numerous IT-flights. All their Boeing 737's, Airbuses, Fokker 70's and 100's and Dash 400's can easily be spotted at Innsbruck - and with breathtaking backdrops too! While INN sadly lost its low-cost services to Vienna after the demise of SkyEurope and the pull-out by Niki, the latter's Embraer 190 jets can at least be spotted on charter flights both in winter and summer.
The number of bizjets at INN keeps increasing, notably also BBJ's and aircraft in the Global Express and Gulfstrem 5 class as well as the occasional Falcon F7X, and their sleek contours stand out beautifully in front of the snow-capped mountains. During the Orthodox Christmas holidays in the first two weeks of January, the odd Tupolev 204 may join the scene. Welcome Air's yellow and pink Dornier 328 aircraft add another touch of colour, and so do the air ambulance aircraft and helicopters, which are particularly active during the winter season when broken legs are the order of the day.
The airport has one runway (08/26) and two main taxiways (A/B), all visible from the windows of the self-service restaurant, but less so from the terrace of the terminal building, which used to be a great spotting location, but sadly is no longer: see below for details.

The airport is served by bus line F, which runs from the railway station and the city centre every 15 mins (30 mins on Sundays) and takes about 15 mins, single fare: EUR 1.80 (ticket machine), EUR 1.90 (driver); car park fee at the airport: EUR 1.70 per hour; the first half hour is free of charge.

Please Note: Air band receivers are not allowed in Austria.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach: 119.275
Ground: 131.475
Tower: 120.10

Innsbruck - Kranebitten Airport Weather

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Photo Spot Spot A - Viewing Terrace

The easiest way to spot aircraft and take pictures used to be from the terrace of the terminal building. It was a remnant of the good old days of aviation, which meant: no glass front, no admission fees, lenses from 75mm upwards were sufficient - and on top of it, the terrace faces north, so the traffic is always in the sunlight. Sadly, in the summer of 2010, construction work to redesign the gates, which are underneath the terrace, led to a serious obstruction of the view. At the moment it is no longer possible to watch the activities on the apron and taxiways, let alone to take pictures except of aircraft during climb-out. This is particularly regrettable because also the famous night shots with tri-pods are no longer possible from the terrace. Let us hope the last word has not yet been spoken on the fate of this viewing terrace; perhaps, during the next step of airport refurbishment, it will be adapted so the spotters can again enjoy an unobstructed view of the movements on the apron and the taxiways. This airport guide at plane-mad.com will keep you updated.

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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N47° 15' 28" (N47° 15.462')
Longitude: E11° 21' 5" (E11° 21.079')

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Photo 28255
Focal Length: 120mm
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Focal Length: 170mm
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Focal Length: 220mm
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Focal Length: 110mm

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Photo Spot Spot B - Approach 26 End

A ladder is necessary for photography; great spot for pictures during line-up or finals for 26 with lenses from 75mm upwards; climb-out pictures on 08 are also possible. Ideal after lunchtime when the sun comes from the right direction for approaching aircraft. Restricted access due to agricultural activity in summer.

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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N47° 15' 35" (N47° 15.585')
Longitude: E11° 21' 22" (E11° 21.361')

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Photo 18329
Focal Length: 165mm

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Photo Spot Spot C - Perimeter Road

There are numerous points that offer ideal conditions for photography, but a ladder is required at all of them except for images of aircraft during climb-out with a tele-lens exceeding 135mm. These spots best show the mountain scenery behind aircraft taxiing out on taxiway A in the afternoon. Restricted access due to agricultural activity in summer.

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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N47° 15' 28" (N47° 15.461')
Longitude: E11° 20' 7" (E11° 20.119')

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Photo 24704
Focal Length: 80mm
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Focal Length: 160mm
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Focal Length: 140mm
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Focal Length: 70mm

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Photo Spot Spot D - Approach 08 End

What used to be the raised level spot of the Inn Dam still offers great opportunities for images of aircraft landing on 08 (with the sheer mountain drop in the background) as well as those lining up (though not without a ladder) but lenses from 50mm upwards. A perfect spot all day long: pictures of aircraft departing on 26 can be taken during climb-out. After major construction work in the years 2007-2009 the bed of the River Inn has been moved towards the west by about 80 meters resulting in an enlarged Runway End Safety Area at the 08 threshold so as to fully comply with ICAO standards. This spot is now located on the eastern bank of the river with a wide view towards the west and makes for interesting shots of aircraft flying overhead the river on short final for 08.

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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N47° 15' 29" (N47° 15.489')
Longitude: E11° 19' 51" (E11° 19.846')

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Focal Length: 75mm
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Focal Length: 160mm
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Photo Spot Spot E - Vacant Lot Near Church

A vacant lot next to a little church (whose spire, ironically, had to be downsized as it is in the flight path on short final) offers great landing shots of aircraft on final approach with the mountains in the background. The good news: no ladder required for approach shots like those below!

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Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N47° 15' 40" (N47° 15.663')
Longitude: E11° 21' 59" (E11° 21.991')

Photo Spot Spot F - Bus Stop

This spot is great for evening departures (runway 08). It is easy to find because there is an eye-catching bus stop opposite a supermarket called "Billa". (Look at the map to see where it is exactly.) From the terminal you need about 20 minutes to walk there. (It is not a good idea to go there by bus because you would have to change from bus line F to T, which is far more complicated than walking, and takes longer. You should only use this spot during the summer time and only in the evening because otherwise there is backlight. A lens over 200-250mm is needed, but you do not need a ladder there.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N47° 15' 48" (N47° 15.798')
Longitude: E11° 21' 20" (E11° 21.326')

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Posted by: Jahnel Klaus Austria
Saturday 26th May, 2012 at 22:01 GMT
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