Grenoble Isère Airport Spotting Guide

Grenoble Isère is a small airport mostly used during Winter seasons by British & Russian people because the airport is located next to mountains and lots of ski resorts. The airport operates with one single runway with 2 civilian parking. This airport is good if you stay near Geneva and you have time to go there and make a stop for winter charter.

The most interesting traffic at GNB are the winter charter flights mostly during Saturday and a few on Sunday. Keep in mind that there is no schedule traffic on weekdays! British Airways (Airbus 319, 320), easyJet Airlines (Airbus 319, 320), Flybe (Dash8 & Embraer 190), Jet2 (All types), Monarch Airlines (all types) & Titan Airways (Airbus 320 & Boeing B757) for the British charters but also Norwegian, Wizz Air, Transavia, Europe Airpost…

Written by Remo Garone (Regular visitor during Winter)

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Airport Information    Runways 09L / 27R 09R / 27L
3’050m (10’007ft) 900m (2’953ft)
Asphalt Grass
Terminals Terminal A Terminal B  Terminal D
Arrivals Business Departures
Spotting Information Ladder Recommended
Car Necessary
Restrooms Only inside the terminal
Drinks/Food Only inside the terminal
Hotels There are just a few hotels nearby the airport. Check booking.com for further information. Dozens of hotels can be found in the city of Grenoble about 30mins drive from the airport.
Season Saturday and Sunday during the winter season
Runway Usage  09 / 27
Depends fully on the wind but 09 is in use the most.

Spot #1 – Landing & rolling rwy09
WHERE From the airport, take the road D119 “Axe de Bièvre” until the first roundabout. Then, take the fourth exit to D518 until the first intersection, turn left and then the next left again. Drive straight ahead, cross D119 and finally take the first way on the right and drive until you find a good position to spot.
WHAT This is GNB’s main spot because most of the time it’s runway 09 in use. Landing, very short final, rolling and alignment of dawn late afternoon. Ladder needed near the fence but final approaches can be shot without one.
TIME All day during the winter.
MISCELLANEOUS Nothing close to this spot, bring with you what you need
FOCAL LENGTH 18-250 mm


Spot #2 – Alpes – Lineup
WHERE Its just next to spot 1 so take the same direction. You have to leave your car next to spot1 and walk on the field.
WHAT The end of the runway. You can take terrific pictures of planes on line up for RWY09 with the Alps in the background – compulsory ladder if you don’t want to have hidden wheels.
TIME Good location in the afternoon.
MISCELLANEOUS Nothing close to this spot, bring with you what you need
FOCAL LENGTH 70-200mm
Spot #3 – Landing & rolling rwy09
WHERE From the airport, take the first exit of the roundabout on “Rue Jacqueline Auriol”, then drive for a few minutes until the end of the road. Park your car next to the way and walk few meters to arrive on a small hill where you overlook the runway and taxiway.
WHAT Landing and taxing aircrafts on runway 09
TIME All day during the winter.
MISCELLANEOUS Nothing close to this spot, bring with you what you need
FOCAL LENGTH 70-200mm
Spot #4 – Plane parked
WHERE From the airport, take the first exit of the roundabout on “Rue Jacqueline Auriol”, then about few meters stop and check for a good angle to make pictures of aircraft on the ramp.
WHAT Possibility to take pictures of planes parked there. Bu you need a ladder!
TIME All day during the winter.
MISCELLANEOUS Nothing close to this spot, bring with you what you need
FOCAL LENGTH  70-200mm

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