Lanseria Intl. Airport Spotting Guide

Lanseria International Airport is a privately owned international airport. It’s situated north west of Johannesburg Airport, less then 1 hour by car. The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of the B753. Since the early beginnings in 1974, this internationally recognised airport has established itself as a key player in the aviation sector with domestic, regional and international flights from scheduled airline operators and Charter companies.

Mango and are the mainly two operator at HLA but SAA and Comair still have some scheduled flights. They primarily serve Cape Town and Durban with B733, B734 and B738. But the airport is known as a hub for maintenance in South Africa. They organise ramp tour for spotters for the amount of 30$ for the day. But the ramp can be made in 4 hours. I made approximately more than 100 aircraft.

Written by Jeremy Denton (visited April 2014)

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Airport Information Runway 07/25
3’047m (9’996ft)
Spotting Information Ladder Not necessary
Car Not necessary if you land from HLA but if you are coming from JNB yes.
Restrooms Available spot 1
Drinks/Food Available spot 1
Hotels Shumba Valley Lodge
Season May to August
Runway Usage 07/25 Nothing special

Spot #1 – Restaurant
WHERE Inside the terminal, second level, there is a restaurant with an overview of the airport. You can easily take pictures through the windows.
WHAT Arrivals, departures, park and taxi aircraft.
TIME Better in the afternoon
MISC. Drinks, food and restrooms are available.
FOCAL LENGTH Taxiway: 210mm PC12 / 240mm Caravan – Runway: 170mm B738 / 340mm Challenger – Park: 18-55mm B738
Ramp Tour
WHERE Next to the police station. Follow the Airport Rd, next to the terminal.
WHAT You are walking with a security guy who let you take pictures where you want, except on the south ramp. Each hangar belongs to a company and to be able to take pictures inside, ask the permission of the personal hangar. The tour can be made in 4 hours with approximately more than 100 pictures of different aircraft.(Cirrus SR-22, Cessna 404, Cessna 402, Islander, King Air, Cessna Citation, Challenger, Mustang, Caravan, Baron, Rockwell Commander, Raytheon, Hawker, Piper Navajo, PC12, Learjet, Gulfstream 1, 2, 3, 450, 550, Falcon, Fokker, Embraer Brasilia, 145, 135, RJ85, BAC111, B732, B727).
Contact info for the permission:
Kerry-Lee Olivier (Permit Administrator) /
TIME whole day
MISC. Take drinks and food with you

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