Guide to Southampton Eastleigh Airport

Contributors: Tomahawk
Updated Tuesday 7th June, 2011


Latitude: N50° 56' 57"
Longitude W1° 21' 20"

Sunrise Today: 07:54
Sunset Today: 16:38

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Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach - 128.850 120.225
Radar - 128.250
Tower - 118.200
Ground - 121.775
ATIS - 113.350

Southampton Eastleigh Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 00:00 - (10 days 1 hr ago)


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


A sample of the upcoming movements for Southampton Eastleigh.

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Photo Spot Spot A - Multi Storey Car Park - Lower level

Easily accessible from the Main Terminal building, best to use the lower levels as you will be moved on if you use the upper level as you are easily spotted by the Control Tower.

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° 57' 5" (N50° 57.083')
Longitude: W1° 21' 37" (W1° 21.614')


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Photo Spot Spot B - Between hangars

A bit limited on views here, but if you crouch down you can get close up shots of Biz Jets that are parked up in front of the hangars.

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° 57' 11" (N50° 57.186')
Longitude: W1° 21' 32" (W1° 21.538')


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Photo Spot Spot C - Mound 20 end.

As you walk from the terminal towards the long stay car park there is a large long grass mound, it gives you views over the fence of landing aircraft on 20, or aircraft taking off from 02. Ideally you'll need at least a 300mm as SOU has quite small aircraft.

I haven't used this site for about 4 years now, so not sure how strict they are on you being 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: N50° 57' 23" (N50° 57.382')
Longitude: W1° 21' 25" (W1° 21.416')


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Photo Spot Spot D - Station Multi Storey Car Park

South West Trains has just completed a new multi storey car park at Southampton Airport Parkway Station, it over looks part of the ramp and you can see aircraft land on the runways as well. For most aircraft photos you'll need the long end of a 300mm or 400mm. Parking was plentiful when I was there, but that may change as it is now fully opened. Parking is £11 a day if you decide to pay, but it is Pay and Display, think this reduces after 1600 to £2.00. Probably best to shoot after midday, so the sun is to your right or behind you.

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° 57' 2" (N50° 57.032')
Longitude: W1° 21' 50" (W1° 21.841')


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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Dylan Grant United Kingdom
Thursday 27th June, 2013 at 09:43 GMT
Hello all
I live about 4 miles from SOU and I visit regularly to the airport.
I've got a spotting place where there are only 3 spotters that I know of.
From the white swan, go round the path out the front then over the smaller bridge.
Turn right and follow that path all the way along, and you'll come to a gate with a bridge in front of it. Go over this bridge, and then all the way along this path, then turn left. You are now there, but if you go just around the corner, that's where I'd go, as you can see the runway. Although, I wouldn't go there if it's cloudy and 20 is in use, because the DHC8 don't use much of the runway. Better for 02 spotting

Posted by: Richie United Kingdom
Thursday 22nd December, 2011 at 08:13 GMT
Found the best place for photographs is on the other side of the airport, just off the Itchen Way footpath. The light is great and taking off on runway 20 the planes are just the right height above the fence for frame filling pics, also good for landings on 02, and no security man problems!!!
Posted by: Weiyang China
Friday 2nd December, 2011 at 18:49 GMT
I am new guy here. Visited SOU 4-5 times last month, never got moved off. Multi Storey Car Park is my favourite spotting place, it can give you a very close view of the aircraft parking area; also, I only have a 18-55mm kit lens, so Multi park is the only place that I can get clear pictures of airliners.

I also found another place which is completely "safe" for spotting. At the south side of Royal mail and Mercedes-Benz, there is a "George Curl Way" besides the "htec" company building. This position can give you a not very good view of the end of RWY 20. However, this is an openarea, I don't think security will move you away. The coordinate of this place is 50.946019/ -1.362354, you guys can check this coordinate in Google Earth. Cheers!
Posted by: Richie United Kingdom
Monday 28th November, 2011 at 17:44 GMT
Visited southampton airport today, spent 4 hours between mound and long stay car park, without any trouble until 14.30 when security man turned up and and ordered me to leave the airport saying that plane spotting and photography are not allowed at this airport, so be warned you could have trouble here!!!!!!
Posted by: LittleMoosMom United Kingdom
Monday 21st November, 2011 at 21:07 GMT
I would love to take my toddler to see the aeroplanes. It seems from this thread that the roof of the short-stay carpark and/or station carpark provide great views. Do you think a mom and tot would seriously cause any consternation? Are we likely to get moved off? It's not really illegal is it? Thank you.
Posted by: EDward Gowing United Kingdom
Saturday 15th October, 2011 at 15:24 GMT
Beech starship
Sorry I got the dates wrong, should have been Wednesday 12th Oct
Posted by: edward gowing United Kingdom
Saturday 15th October, 2011 at 10:25 GMT
thursday 20th oct 2011
I am sure I saw a Beech Starship taking off about 12.30pm. I only caught a glimpse
through the trees by the White Swan pub as it went overhead. Was I dreaming?
Posted by: Richie Ballard United Kingdom
Friday 7th October, 2011 at 18:36 GMT
Visited today 07/10/2011 multi-storey car park is no good for photography because of the wire netting, but good shots obtained from the mound and the unused part of the long stay car park, (at very far end), of aircraft landing runway 20
Posted by: Kieran Wells Australia
Sunday 4th September, 2011 at 02:10 GMT
Great site guys, wish i had discovered it earlier. I was over there in April/May and did some spotting in the area. I spent approx 3 hours on the top of the carpark(BAA) one on the morning of the FA Cup final, and didn't get moved on. Maybe it was because it was a saturday.. Also a couple of other spots that i found that were alright. These are for approach shots only: Railway bridge at Eastleigh - Path not wide, so be careful, and the Bishopstoke sports ground on Bishopstoke road. There is a pay and display carpark there, but i walked down there. I didn't go there, but maybe another good approach shot maybe fromt he swan centre carpark?
Sydney Spotter
Posted by: Paul Wright United Kingdom
Tuesday 28th June, 2011 at 01:36 GMT
I got moved on yesterday evening from the new multi storey carpark (the southwest trains one). I was shouted at to not take any photos, so I walked down the stairs to talk to the man, but he got the lift up. Never saw him again, but it's supposedly 'illegal'. Ha... right.
Posted by: Harry Ball United Kingdom
Tuesday 17th May, 2011 at 23:07 GMT
We bought a house parallel with the runway and we get to sit in our garden all day/eve watching the action. Not as good as airside obviously but never short of action! Good luck, Southampton really needs a proper viewing area like Bournemouth has (4/day parking with picnic area 20 foot from the planes) - Southampton is going to expand yes but until then there are plenty of 'storage' areas they could open up for us supporters.
Posted by: Adrian Williams United Kingdom
Monday 25th April, 2011 at 08:40 GMT
Need to be careful of hanging around the multi storey car park, you will be moved on quite swiftly, there is no official viewing area anymore, and views around the terminal area aren't very good. There is potentially a good spot being built, but I think you'll need a longish lens (300mm) to get good results I think, its the new multi storey car park that is being built at the adjoining railway station, looks like you will get views over the apron etc.
Posted by: Joe Chapman United Kingdom
Tuesday 5th April, 2011 at 11:24 GMT
is there any viewing areas at Southampton? I'm going with my grandparents but the only one I've heard is the multi-storey car park. is there any others? thanks

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