Guide to Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Contributors: dan330, luiscvaz
Updated Thursday 22nd December, 2011

ICAO Code: LFBO
IATA Code: TLS

Latitude: N43° 37' 29"
Longitude E1° 21' 42"

Sunrise Today: 07:43
Sunset Today: 19:49

Guide originally by Danny Hill, with spots 3 and 4 added by Alister Read.

Toulouse Blagnac is quite a small regional airport in the south of France which offers a number of french regional flights with the odd international scheduled and charter flight. The airports main claim to fame though is of course that of being home to Airbus and therefore the only place to regularly see the A380 for at least the next year or so. There are also regular test flights by the many aircraft being built on the site. Airbus currently build all A320's and all A330 / A340 family aircraft at Toulouse together with the A380. It comes as no surprise that these are the main interest for most people on a trip to Toulouse.
Lets not forget that the airport is also the home of regional aircraft giant ATR, so some interesting turboprop aircraft can crop up from time to time, although these seem to be painted at the very last minute unlike the airbus examples which are painted at least a few weeks before delivery.

The airport has two close parrallel runways 14L / 34R and 14R / 34L. All Airbus factory aircraft use 14R / 34L as this is the closest to the factory area and the one the A380 made its first flight from. Scheduled flights use both runways, although they seem to mainly depart on 14L / 34R which is closest to the terminal area.

I was pleasantly surprised at the good photos to be had at Toulouse as I was expecting a rather difficult time getting photos before our visit, though there are a few nice spots. All spots though are at the North end of the airfield.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach: 125.175, 129.3, 123.85 & 124.975
ATIS: 118.025
Clearance Delivery: 121.7
Ground: 121.9
Information: 121.25
Tower: 118.1

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Toulouse Blagnac Airport Weather

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Observed at 02:00 - (5 days 13 hrs ago)


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Photo Spot Spot A - Small Disused Building

A small disused building allows you to get up above the fence and offers a very good view of 14L / 34R, with a good although little distant view of 14R / 34L. You are very close to aircraft taxiing out to 14L and so nothing will be missed on this runway. This is a great spot for the morning until about 1100 when the sun works around and you need to move across the other side.

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: N43° 38' 20" (N43° 38.337')
Longitude: E1° 21' 36" (E1° 21.602')

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Photo Spot Spot B - Large Hill

Theres a huge hill on the Airbus side of the airfield that overlooks the end of 14R. This offers great views of aircraft arriving or departing on 14R, but 14L / 34R tends to be very distant. The spot is also very difficult if 34L is in use as landing aircraft will have vacated a fair way down and departing aircraft are usually up a long way before this spot.

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: N43° 38' 17" (N43° 38.283')
Longitude: E1° 20' 41" (E1° 20.692')

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Photo Spot Spot C - Car Park

This is a spot south of the airport, with good views of arrivals on 32R and 32L (which is the Airbus runway). Planes landing will be almost overhead, with good landing shots to be had of Airbus movements with the Airbus runway being directly in line with this spot. The Airbus ramp is also clearly visible, with all Airbus movements and taxing easy to document. The spot is difficult though if planes are taking off from either 14L or 14R, as planes are often a long way up by the time they reach this spot.

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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: N43° 36' 44" (N43° 36.733')
Longitude: E1° 22' 53" (E1° 22.885')

Photo Spot Spot D - Airport Café

Inside the airport, on floor two, a café offers a viewing deck in front of it, where the public are welcomed to sit and watch arrivals and taxiing to the terminal. Good views are also to be had of the cargo ramp and Airbus Industries and runway in the distance. Even a camera with a poor zoom can get good shots, as you are very close to the commercial aviation ramp.

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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: N43° 37' 49" (N43° 37.819')
Longitude: E1° 22' 25" (E1° 22.41')

Photo Spot Spot E - 32R & Heliport

This point is next to the heliport and military.
It's easy to park but you need a small ladder or climb the fence dividing the parking lot.
Lenses 20-200
From sunrise to 12pm

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: N43° 37' 11" (N43° 37.188')
Longitude: E1° 22' 55" (E1° 22.923')

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Andre United Kingdom
Saturday 13th October, 2012 at 14:40 GMT
Been on Spots A, B and C this morning. Not sure how you can get to E as it's well inside the airport.
Spot A is great, although the small building no longer exists.
Spot B e very hard, lots of buildings in front of it.
Spot C is great, although it's really underneath the flight path.
Another spot I would suggest is near the Saint Martin plant (A380), as there's two passages above a road, a parking area and you can see both the A380 flight line and the north side of the runways.
Cheers.
Posted by: markm3j5 United Kingdom
Thursday 26th February, 2009 at 06:33 GMT
Having visited the Horizon Cafe on the 2nd floor on 24th Feb 09 i'd like to mention the lack of viewing deck. The only photo's from this spot are though 2 layers of glass.
Better spots can be found 1.In hall A. 2.Car park 6 and 3.The 7th (top) floor of the multi storey car park.

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