Guide to Birmingham Airport

Contributors: dan330, tjweston
Updated Wednesday 4th May, 2011


Latitude: N52° 27' 7"
Longitude W1° 44' 40"

Sunrise Today: 08:05
Sunset Today: 16:28

Birmingham is like many of the UK's regionals home to the odd based charter, a couple of regional carriers and of course a low cost carrier. BA have now ceased operations from Birmingham with the take over of BA connect by Flybe. Flybe though do offer flights to a number of destinations using Dash 8 Q400's and an ERJ-195 based at the airport.

Birmingham is perhaps best though for the few Asian carriers it receives. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and PIA are visitors along with Air India, other long haul routes operated by Emirates, Continental and Air Transat.

Photography at BHX perhaps isn't as good as it used to be. The area behind the Tristar Hotel used to be the prime location, it being a crash gate area meant you could park there for free as well. However this was closed off early in 2003 and is no longer accessible, meaning BHX has only 1 photo spot that I know of.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach: 118.05
ATIS: 136.025
Ground: 121.8
Tower: 118.3

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Birmingham Airport Weather

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Observed at 00:00 - (14 days ago)


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Runway in Use: Unable to determine, wind is clam


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Photo Spot Spot A - Long Stay Car Park, Western End

The car park has recently been extended and now stretches further out towards the taxiway and is also now very close to the approach path. When runway 33 is in use the area is good for getting shots as aircraft approach you taxiing out, some good head on shots or before they line up for take-off for those 90° side on shots. You can get shots as the aircraft arrive, approach shots in the morning and shots from behind as they touchdown.
When 15 is in use you can get similar shots as they taxi off of the runway or head on shots as they depart.
There is a small fence next to the area that can be worked around but I would recommend a set of small steps.

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: N52° 26' 44" (N52° 26.74')
Longitude: W1° 44' 12" (W1° 44.202')


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Photo Spot Spot B - Sheldon Country Park

The Park is at the end of Runway 15 and is accessable from the A45 Coventry Rd or the Village of Marston Green, Park near the Train Station.

Good views of landing aircraft on Runway 15 with 75mm lense, head on Views and Taxing Aircraft with 200mm

Take off on Runway 33 some distace off and longer lenses needed for decent photos

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: N52° 27' 50" (N52° 27.831')
Longitude: W1° 45' 59" (W1° 45.976')


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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Mark Alexander United Kingdom
Monday 8th January, 2018 at 12:45 GMT
Is there any way of knowing which runway is in use today for departing planes?
Posted by: Linda United Kingdom
Friday 27th October, 2017 at 16:47 GMT
I now have a plane mad daughter, we have managed to park in car park 5 and seen a few planes take off and land, she wants to see the big international planes take off and land is there anywhere we can see that?
It's a shame the airport doesn't have a viewing room within the airport to see all if this or is There?
We have been in Sheldon park at the end of the runway but it only seems to be flybe and Ryan air planes
Can someone help?
Posted by: TurbineAircraft United Kingdom
Thursday 19th October, 2017 at 10:43 GMT
I went to BHX on Tuesday to get some pictures. I parked just off Catherine-de-Barnes Lane on the road to Bickenhill (no red/yellow lines here), then walked to Clock Lane where there's a footpath which takes you right next to the A45. Unfortunately, the path and runway extension has been built in such a way that you cannot get a good shot of the runway or taxiing aircraft from this position. By the time I'd got there, it was too late to go anywhere else and the sun was setting, so I headed back to my car.
Posted by: SV United Kingdom
Monday 16th October, 2017 at 05:56 GMT
Clock Lane is a no go area now. Look at google street view, car has a ticket on the windscreen.
Posted by: mr p nocio United Kingdom
Saturday 1st April, 2017 at 11:00 GMT
please can anyone tell me does the airbus a380 fly into and out of Birmingham everyday. from what I can see it lands 1940 and takes off 2140 but I can't work out if it is everyday. looking to go on Monday or Thursday.thanks
Posted by: Geoff United Kingdom
Friday 10th March, 2017 at 16:36 GMT
Be warned that Clock Lane off Catherine de Barnes Lane has Double Yellow /Red Lines and the little men from the Council on their scooters like issuing tickets. Shame.
Posted by: Chris Beaumont United Kingdom
Friday 4th November, 2016 at 18:54 GMT
The village of Bickenhill just to the south of BHX, now has double yellow and double red lines all the way through the village making it impossible to park and walk to the area near the A45.
It would appear that Solihull Council have been out with the red paint, as virtually every road in the area is now adorned with new parking restriction lines.
Posted by: Cordelia United Kingdom
Saturday 15th August, 2015 at 08:13 GMT
Will be stopping overnight at the Ibis and would like to do some plane spotting which is within walking distance of the hotel. Any suggestions where I can I can take photos would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Posted by: Chris Tomlinson United Kingdom
Wednesday 25th March, 2015 at 19:00 GMT
Having recently visited BHX on 21-22/03/15, I discovered two separate sites (as perhaps possibly already mentioned).

The first was by parking on Hazeldine Road (off the Radleys) near to the small mini-roundabout and parking up. From there, there's a gated area that gives access onto the Sheldon Country Park. As you walk through to the clearing, you can see some park benches off to your left - this location gives you a view from the Runway '15' end (on this particular weekend, of the Departures).

However, the best spot I found was by driving along Catherine-de-Barnes Lane, and turning onto Clock Lane. Just near to the entrance of the lane on the left, is a gated area for pedestrian access that leads onto a hill next to the A45 & gives a gr
Posted by: Jack United Kingdom
Sunday 15th March, 2015 at 11:17 GMT
Nice pictures
Posted by: Maurice Blencowe United Kingdom
Wednesday 10th December, 2014 at 17:35 GMT
Ref last post can anybody tell me exactly where Catherine de Barnes lane/Clock Lane is in relation to the airport perimeter/Sheldon Country Park as they are not on the website map.I really,really MUST get down to Elmdon .It's a long way from N Wales but promises a good days spotting if it's a clear day.Thanks anyone.Good spotting everyone.
Posted by: Dave Smith United Kingdom
Wednesday 5th March, 2014 at 21:06 GMT
if you want another place to see planes at Birmingham airport, head towards Catherine de Barnes lane and park up in clock lane or another side street, follow the public footpath round to the airport and you find yourself under the yellow landing lights, great views of take off and landings
Posted by: Paul Underwood United Kingdom
Monday 6th May, 2013 at 18:45 GMT
Correction to my last mail Spot A has been replaced by a small picnic area. There are some ideas on the fly into bhx site which may help!!
Posted by: Paul Underwood United Kingdom
Monday 6th May, 2013 at 18:28 GMT
The Aviation Experience at Birmingham is shut so their is no internal veiwing area. But both A B spots are still available for spotting.
Posted by: julie United Kingdom
Tuesday 9th April, 2013 at 21:19 GMT
hi does anyone know if the observation lounge is still open at Birmingham airport thanks
Posted by: Rachel Vazquez United Kingdom
Saturday 29th December, 2012 at 13:09 GMT
We are staying near Birmingham Airport this weekend. Where is the best place to take the boys to see the planes take off and land? I read the previous posts and is spot A still closed?
Thank you
Posted by: stephen United Kingdom
Wednesday 7th November, 2012 at 23:56 GMT
Multi story car park on Terminal Rd (cargo centre) can be used
Posted by: Stephen United Kingdom
Wednesday 7th November, 2012 at 23:51 GMT
Spot A - Long Stay Car Park, Western End is now closed due to the work for the runway
Posted by: Callum Jones United Kingdom
Friday 2nd November, 2012 at 15:07 GMT
Planning on going to BHX on December 22nd who could tell me what the busiest day is at BHX?
Posted by: jamie United Kingdom
Sunday 14th October, 2012 at 21:21 GMT
Hi guys
Im thinking of going birmingham for the day and was just wondering if anyone knows if you can park in long stay car park for a day and if so how much would i cost?

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