Guide to Frankfurt Main Airport

Contributors: dan330, Felix, lukey767
Updated Sunday 6th November, 2011

ICAO Code: EDDF
IATA Code: FRA

Latitude: N50° 2' 27"
Longitude E8° 33' 28"

Sunrise Today: 08:15
Sunset Today: 16:25

Frankfurt is one of the busiest airports in Europe and attracts a lot of traffic rarely seen at most other European Airports. As you might expect Lufthansa dominates the movements but some of them are interesting, all A340-600's are based there, plus theres the chance to see the Star Alliance A340-300. Other interesting visitors include Lan Chile A340 (1750 in - 1930 out), South African A340-600 (0555 in - 2045 out), Vietnam Airlines 777 (1105 in - 1440 out Sun, Tue, Fri), to name a few.

For such a large interesting airport Frankfurt is very good for viewing and photography and unlike a lot of major European airports (thinking LHR especially) it does provide official viewing facilities. There are also areas around the perimeter that are worth a visit.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Arrival: 118.5 & 120.8
ATIS: 118.025
Departure: 120.15
Director: 127.7
Ground: 121.8 & 121.9
Tower (07 / 25): 124.85
Tower (18 / 36): 119.9

Frankfurt Main Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 01:00 - (17 days ago)


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Dew Point: °C
Runways with a headwind: Unable to determine, wind is clam

Movements

A sample of the upcoming movements for Frankfurt Main.

We do not current have any movements for Frankfurt Main Airport.

Photo Spot Spot A - Official Viewing Area - Top of Terminal

The official viewing area is a good area for photography at certain times of the day and gives great views across the airport. You are right in front of Terminal 1 and you can get very close to aircraft on those stands. The runways are a little more distant, 25R / 07L is easily reachable with a 300mm lens but 25L / 07R is much more difficult. The arrivals tend to take it in turns with regard runway usage so you can get action shots of at least half of the movements. Departures are either on 25R or on the crosswind runway, anything from Terminal 2 will taxi straight past the observation deck on the way to the cross runway and so you will be very unlucky not to get a picture from the deck of anything that arrives.

The sun can be a problem from here. If they are using the 25's then the deck is good for action shots from about 1700 onwards, you just need to keep the aircraft on your left! We were never at the deck with the 07's in use but I would say shooting that way that morning was probably best, keeping aircraft on your right.

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: N50° 2' 53" (N50° 2.88')
Longitude: E8° 34' 25" (E8° 34.42')

Photos

Photo 40535
Focal Length: 100mm
Photo 39225
Focal Length: 28mm
Photo 39224
Focal Length: 60mm
Photo 39223
Focal Length: 100mm

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Photo Spot Spot B - 07 Approach Spot

A car is needed for this spot, which is basically just a layby off the road. Allows you to be under the approaching aircraft if they use the 07's. Once the car is parked you can walk up the road and pic a spot for your shots. Only approach shots from here though as trees and a mound block any view of the airfield.

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: N50° 1' 37" (N50° 1.608')
Longitude: E8° 31' 10" (E8° 31.168')

Photos

Photo 22680
Focal Length: 360mm
Photo 22679
Focal Length: 400mm
Photo 21313
Focal Length: 180mm
Photo 21312
Focal Length: 250mm

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Photo Spot Spot C - Recreation Area

The recreation area on the eastern end of the airport offers some good views across the airport and the chance of some good photos if the 25's are in use. You'll be able to get some good approach shots of aircraft using 25L. Some aircraft also taxi past quite close to the area, as did the Styrian Spirit in the picture above but this is quite rare in terms of the number of aircraft that actually fly in and out of the airport. Aircrafts which are pushed to the remote stands in the south of the airport (e.g. Qantas, South African, Vietnam Airlines) will also be very close to the area.

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: N50° 2' 25" (N50° 2.413')
Longitude: E8° 35' 51" (E8° 35.844')

Photos

Photo 45869
Focal Length: 220mm
Photo 40949
Focal Length: 400mm
Photo 40674
Focal Length: 400mm
Photo 40673
Focal Length: 235mm

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Photo Spot Spot D - Runway 18 / 36 Spot

Frankfurt has four runways, three parallel runways 25R / 07L, 25C/07C and 25L / 07R plus one crosswind runway 18 / 36. While most movements are on the parallel runways the cross runway does get a good few departures and this area is the closest you can get to departing aircraft.
We didn't find this area till late on our visit and the sun was never in the right position but if you were to visit early - late evening I am sure some good shots can be acheived.

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: N50° 1' 18" (N50° 1.297')
Longitude: E8° 31' 24" (E8° 31.392')

Photos

Photo 38263
Focal Length: 150mm
Photo 38258
Focal Length: 120mm
Photo 38256
Focal Length: 135mm
Photo 38251
Focal Length: 160mm

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Phil Hunt United Kingdom
Wednesday 25th May, 2016 at 15:47 GMT
Hi Iam visiting Frankfurt Main Airport on 6th &7th of June.Iam staying at the Sheraton but have never been before.Could anyone help me with the best upto date places to spot from please. Photography is not an issue.
Posted by: paul United Kingdom
Sunday 7th September, 2014 at 08:52 GMT
The viewing area and Mc Donalds is closed till spring 2015
Posted by: Yannick France
Saturday 11th May, 2013 at 13:32 GMT
Hey everybody.

I decided to drive till Frankfurt to watch planes, and after a three hours trip, a headache after losing my way in one of the gigantic airports parking lots, I got to see some of them, but I was definitely not on the best spot , kinda dangerous coz of the cars and the tiny sidewalks and the view was always ruined by that huge Hilton hotel, so first I'd like to know how to find one good spot, like a calm one with a (free) place to park my car and second , I'd like to go back there with somebody , or rejoin someone once there.

Thanks for your answers
Posted by: Rui Silva Portugal
Wednesday 23rd May, 2012 at 19:02 GMT
Hi!

Normally the runways in use at FRA are 07 or 25?

Thanks
Posted by: Walter Belgium
Wednesday 25th April, 2012 at 08:56 GMT
For Richard Visitors Terrace is open. Just mailed to Frankfurt and received this answer :
Opening hours of the Visitors Terrace
April to October Daily from 10 am..to 6 pm.
5 Euro
Going to FF next sunday and monday

Greetings
Walter
Posted by: Adrian Williams United Kingdom
Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 09:09 GMT
Hi All,

I've been checking on which runways are in use, and it appears that if 25's are in operation, then most of the Heavy arrivals will land on 25L, so Spot C is perfect for them.

The new Northern runway is used by the smaller LH and other regional aircraft.

Hope that helps.
Posted by: Mike Hunt United Kingdom
Friday 16th March, 2012 at 10:59 GMT
Can you see the arrivals landing on the new runway 07L/25R from spotting location C ?
We'll have SBS with us.So hopefully you can see them ?

Rgds

Mike
Posted by: Richard Netherlands
Tuesday 13th March, 2012 at 16:32 GMT
Can somebody tell me if the spectators roof at terminal 1, point A, has really reopened. The first week from may I am going with my sons to frankfurt to take some photos. Thank you in advance.
Posted by: Richard Netherlands
Tuesday 13th March, 2012 at 16:25 GMT
Can somebody tell me if the spectators roof at terminal 1, point A, has really reopened. The first week from may I am going with my sons to frankfurt to take some photos. Thank you in advance.
Posted by: Daniel Schuder Denmark
Tuesday 21st February, 2012 at 09:04 GMT
Hi there.. Im looking forward to see Frankfurt viewing points.. The terrace A - is it difficult to find it - when arriving from Copenhagen- Denmark?

/DS
Posted by: Adrian Williams United Kingdom
Friday 17th February, 2012 at 03:27 GMT
Hi, Looking at a trip in May, but I've heard comments that the viewing area at C is not much good now as they tend to use the runway more, can anyone confirm this?
Posted by: Ed Carter United Kingdom
Wednesday 5th October, 2011 at 10:14 GMT
The USAF base on the far side is no longer there. It has been gone for 3 or 4 years at least
Posted by: Paulo Correa Brazil
Thursday 30th June, 2011 at 18:11 GMT
Hi, I'm from Brazil/South America and i'd like to know if the visitors terrace will be open in October next.
Thanks, Paulo
Posted by: Edgar Portugal
Tuesday 17th May, 2011 at 09:38 GMT
Hello,

The spot A is fully open now from 10a.m till 18 p.m

Keep
Posted by: Edgar Portugal
Sunday 1st May, 2011 at 21:12 GMT
I there

I'll be at FRA between 11 and 14 May and I would like to know which runways will be in use. I'll be stand in InnerCity Hotel on the south side of the field.

Regards
Posted by: GIZMO United Kingdom
Friday 29th April, 2011 at 13:56 GMT
Between 11/04/2011 - 14/-4/2011 the viewing gallery in Term 2 was fully open.
The viewing area is next to Mcdonalds and opened daily from 10:00 - 18:00 only.
You have to complete a full security check and no liquid can be taken in, the same rules as flying apply.
Once inside you can buy water/cola etc from a vending machine but if you need the loo you need to leave the viewing area and return via the same security checks (make sure you keep your entry ticket)
Between 06:30 and 10:00 and again from 18:00-20:00 was able to spot from Mcd's with no problems (did buy meals and drinks from the restaurant)
On the last day they changed from landing/departing on runways 25 L/R to using the 07's, this meant that some planes would turn off earlier
Posted by: ian wilkins United Kingdom
Tuesday 26th April, 2011 at 08:17 GMT
I think you will find that the viewing deck has now reopened. Needs to be confirmed
Posted by: kevin United Kingdom
Sunday 28th November, 2010 at 01:04 GMT
do airport staff mind if i take pictures of airtcraft in the terminal ie is it permitted? thanks :)
Posted by: les Ireland
Wednesday 24th November, 2010 at 12:24 GMT
thinking of visiting frankfurt main can anyone let me know is the bril viewing area open
Posted by: iain35 United Kingdom
Saturday 9th October, 2010 at 20:18 GMT
me and 2 friends are flying from manchester to frankfurt on 22nd october for 2 days..ive never been before

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