Guide to Malaga Airport

Contributors: dan330, luiscvaz
Updated Tuesday 29th November, 2011


Latitude: N36° 40' 40"
Longitude W4° 29' 47"

Sunrise Today: 07:32
Sunset Today: 20:59

One of Europes key tourist airports Malaga is very popular with low cost and charter airlines especially in the summer. The airport also proves popular with the full service carriers, most of which are also regularly seen.
Malaga now also has a regular transatlantic service, with Delta Airlines operating a 757 from New York JFK 4 times a week.

The terminal building itself is of no use for viewing or photography unless your actually flying from the airport, there are no views at all unless you are airside. You can usually get a pretty good view once airside though, photography as always not advised behind the glass.

A car is definately needed if you want photographs here. The only spots available are around the perimeter but a car is certainly required to get there.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Ground: 121.7
Tower: 118.15
Clearence Delivery: 121.85
ATIS: 120.375
Approach: 123.85, 123.95, 118.45

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Malaga Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 02:00 - (7 days 20 hrs ago)


Dew Point: °C
Runway in Use: Unable to determine, wind is clam


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Photo Spot Spot A - Churriana

What looks like the regular spot for local spotter / photographers is situated behind the town of Churriana. This is fairly easy to get to and has no shortage of parking spaces. The spot is good for afternoon photography when the sun has moved around to the west. The area can be used when either runway is in use although personally I think its a lot better when runway 32 is used. You can walk from the parking area towards the runway 32 threshold and get some good landing shots. Theres a big embankment here which gets you well above the fence for some nice pictures ie the Delta shot below.

When runway 14 is in use its a little more difficult. First of all not all your actually quite a distance down the runway here so a lot of the smaller types are well in the air by the time they get to you. With this in mind you want to get as far towards the runway 14 end as possible. However, huge fences have been put up on the area by the road with no way of getting a shot over them. The best you can do is try getting shots from the parking area, although your too far away most of the time, some aircraft do use up enough runway to get a shot. The Monarch and Air Europa shown below are example of photos taken using runway 14. Therefore its possible to get a good shot from here, but difficult, with many obstacles to avoid in order to get pictures like the two below.

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: N36° 40' 6" (N36° 40.106')
Longitude: W4° 29' 44" (W4° 29.738')


Photo 37660
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 37658
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 37657
Focal Length: 110mm
Photo 37656
Focal Length: 185mm

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Photo Spot Spot B - Farmers Field

This one is certainly off the beaten track. Standing in the farmers field you can overlook the threshold of runway 14, getting shots of aircraft on short final for landing or lining up ready for take-off. The area is reached via a dirt track with only a couple of buildings down the road. I did come across some of the local residents and the farmer whos field I was in and both seemed fine with me being there, knowing I was there to take pictures and the car being parked well out of the way. If visiting this spot though please do respect that this is private land and keep your visit as trouble free for the locals as absolutely possible.

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: N36° 40' 56" (N36° 40.941')
Longitude: W4° 30' 50" (W4° 30.84')


Photo 2491
Photo 2490
Photo 2489
Photo 2488

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Photo Spot Spot C - Morning Runway 13

This point is good until 11 am

There is a traffic circle, park right next to it, we can go to the center of the traffic circle or even go to a high departure from runway 13.

Landing and departure from runway 13.

Lenses from 40 to 200

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: N36° 41' 17" (N36° 41.278')
Longitude: W4° 30' 29" (W4° 30.49')


Photo 37739
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 37738
Focal Length: 135mm
Photo 37737
Focal Length: 185mm
Photo 37736
Focal Length: 115mm

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: PETER K WILKINSON Spain
Sunday 4th August, 2013 at 21:10 GMT
There is a small viewing area close to the Air Museum which overlooks the Biz Jet terminal. Take care if spotting at any point in the summer months as temperatures can be extremely high and all are open air sites. Have plenty of personal liquid refreshment on hand. Common sense but so easy to get sunburnt or exhaustion.
Posted by: mag strods Spain
Tuesday 8th November, 2011 at 20:26 GMT
Can anyone tell me if photography is allowed inside Malaga airport?
Posted by: Nick Farrington United Kingdom
Wednesday 28th September, 2011 at 12:51 GMT
Hi guys any one no if there is any hotels in or near Churriana spot planning a trip to Malaga in october can someone please give me bus details to go to this spot please many thanks Nick
Posted by: Brorsson Sweden
Tuesday 5th July, 2011 at 14:18 GMT
Seems you switched the two spots in the description. Spot A on the map is B in the text etc
Posted by: Ian Campbell Spain
Friday 26th November, 2010 at 15:34 GMT
will be better still when second runway is open
Posted by: Remco S. Netherlands Antilles
Wednesday 28th October, 2009 at 11:57 GMT
I will be spending my holiday in Torremolinos next week. I have noticed that there is a military terminal incl platform in the Southwest corner. Is it used much and maybe there is a timetable with regular military (transport)flights?

Best regards!
Posted by: Peter Ward United Kingdom
Thursday 27th August, 2009 at 17:54 GMT
Hi Guys,
The decription of Churriana seems a little vauge. I will have a sat nav in my my car when I'll be there in September, a street name would be great if poss.
Many thanks. Peter
Posted by: L@urent Belgium
Friday 26th June, 2009 at 07:12 GMT
Hello !

I have been there in 2006, and reached the spot at the farm, on runway 14 (then). I tried to park the car not to be in the way, at about 200 meters from the farm, near a big unhabited house. When doing pictures, car was not possible to see and (presumably) some rude kids i saw during the evening scratched heavily the back of my car with stones. Unpleasant surprise !!!
So mind locals and park safely,

Posted by: Ed stone Albania
Tuesday 2nd June, 2009 at 18:19 GMT
BTW the tower frequency has changed to 118.85.

thanks in advance

Posted by: Ed stone Afghanistan
Tuesday 2nd June, 2009 at 18:16 GMT
Yea its easily possible with a 24-105mm, i prefer to use my 12incher with extra girth. Really gets the good-uns.

Thanks in advance and happy plane spotting!
Posted by: Eef Netherlands
Tuesday 26th May, 2009 at 22:27 GMT

Could you be more specific by meaning behind the town of Churriana. Do you have a streetname where to make pictures, because Google maps shows a different picture. Is it possible to take decent pictures with a 24-105mm objective?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Victor Trigo Spain
Saturday 23rd May, 2009 at 12:30 GMT
There is a little road that leads to the PLAZA MAYOR mall where you can drive just a few meters from the head 31. You can park in the mall and take your pictures. This little road connects the far side of their parking lot to the IKEA turnabout.
It's a good location to get landing pictures...
Posted by: Manuel LLama Spain
Saturday 9th May, 2009 at 14:41 GMT
Now at the Malaga Airport, the runways numbers are: 13 and 31.
Posted by: barrie griffin United Kingdom
Monday 16th February, 2009 at 09:56 GMT
thanks for the info great not to have to do lots of walking

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