Tivat Airport Spotting Guide

Tivat is a small town in Montenegro, new country formed from the separation of Yugoslavia. Adriatic sea is bordering the city with the Balkans mountains, it is a small seaside town that for many years attracts people from neighboring countries and Russia. The airport is south of the small town and consists of a runway oriented 32-14. The small terminal being located to the west. Usually traffic is not important in Tivat and only a few scheduled flights operated by local airlines Montenegro Airlines or Air Serbia. But In summer, high traffic peak is observed with many charter flights mainly from Russia. Companies operating in summer are Rossyia, Aeroflot, Yamal Airlines, Siberian, Red Wings, Norwegian, SAS and Thomas Cook Airlines. There are no military or cargo activity in this field. The airport is located on the seafront, with small roads that pass close to the runway threshold, which can allow fans to see the planes up close! Finally, Tivat was known for traffic with old big Russian carriers such as IL86 or TU154, but it is unfortunately finished …

Between two airplanes, enjoy the beach and the bar with view on the runway! Tivat is a geat place to spend holidays at the beach and include spotting in very easy conditions. Traffic is a « copy paste » everydays with just a few change. City is also wonderfull to go out and visiting.

Written by Cédric Valence

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Weather
Airport Informations Runways 14/32
2.500 m (8.202 ft)
Terminals One Terminal for all flights
Spotting Informations Ladder Not very necessary but better. You may buy a cheap garden chair along the street from Apartments Božinović to the city.
Car Nott very necessary but better to join the east spotting points
Restrooms Available at the beach’s restaurant and gas station.
Drinks/Food There is a restaurant at the beach, a shop at the gas station and a big shop front of appartement close of spotting places
Hotels There are not many hotels nearby the airport, i recommend the Apartments Božinović only 10min walk from the terminal and the spotting point.
Season Tivat is busiest during summer seasons as many vacationers spend their holidays here. During the summer season, heat haze is not a problem because you’re close of the airplanes.
Runway Usage  14/32 Runway 32 is mainly used for arrivals and departures.
All big airplanes (737, 320…) makes a backtrack from the end of the runway till the holding point 32, so you get lot of opportunities to take pictures of your favorite airplane!

Spot #1 – Gas Station Parking
WHERE Coming from the city of Tivat, pass the airports terminal and drive all along the runway. At the roundabout take the third exit and drive to the gas station to your left hand side. Easy to park here and you may buy food and drinks here. You’ll take about 45 minutes to reach the gas station by foot from the apartment, 40 minutes from the terminal.
WHAT You can take pictures of runway 32 approach only.
TIME Light is good from sunrise till 10AM.
MISCELLANEOUS Everything you need within the gas station.
FOCAL LENGTH Use +- 170mm for a A320.


Spot #2 – Main Road
WHERE Thi spot is along the main road to the roundabout for spot #1 at the threshold for runway 32. It’s possible to park along the street but it’s safer to park at gaz station and walk to this point.
WHAT It’s possible to catch arrivals on runway 32 but the airplanes are litte bit high and the angle is worse. But you can shot over the fence here for the 32 lineup! If you don’t want to get the fence on your picture use a chair or a ladder. There can be some heat haze, depends of the wind conditions and the temperature.
TIME Light is good from 8AM till 1PM.
MISCELLANEOUS Everything you need within the gas station spot #1.
FOCAL LENGTH Approach A320 <18mm line up +- 250mm


 Spot #3 – Parking and taxiway
WHERE The spot is next to the Bizjet Ramp. Don’t park your car there or security’s airport will ask you to go away. It’s possible to park the car at 100m direction the terminal, there is a large field. You need a chair or a ladder to take pictures over the fence.
WHAT  Take pictures of taxi and traffic on the runway, backtrack arrivals and departures.
TIME Light is good from sunrise till 11am.
MISCELLANEOUS  Nothing but terminal is not far
FOCAL LENGTH 210mm for a A320 on the runway and 50mm on the taxi.
Spot #4 – End of the runway/taxiway
WHERE The spot is along the Aerodromska which is the road that leads to the threshold of RWY14. From the city take the exit before the airports terminal. You can take pictures over the little fence and you don’t need a ladder. There is place to park just before the runway and also a large parking at the beach.
WHAT Take pictures of arrivals, departures runways 14 and 32, taxi, and parking
TIME The light is good for the whole day as you can position yourself along the road for different kind of pictures.
MISCELLANEOUS You may use toilets and find drink and meals at the beach restaurant.
FOCAL LENGTH Embraer190 <18mm
Spot #5 –  Beach Bar
WHERE At the end of the runway is the Marina Restaurant and Beach Bar, the most famous location at Tivat.  Continue from spot #4 for one minute. As seen on the samples you don’t need a ladder but it’s more comfortable.
WHAT Arrivals 14 and 32 when they turn around. Departure shots of RWY32.
TIME  The light is good from 3PM till sunset.
MISCELLANEOUS You may use toilets and find drink and meals at the beach restaurant.
FOCAL LENGTH Profile A320 @ 55 mm



Spot #6 – Perimeter Fence
WHERE Continue from spot #5 for a few minutes. You will stand parallel to the runway and can take pictures over the little fence. You need a ladder or a chair here to shot over the fence if you’re not tall.
WHAT Arrivals 14/32, departures 14/32, backtrack
TIME The light is good from 3PM till sunset.
MISCELLANEOUS You may use toilets and find drink and meals at the beach restaurant at 2 minutes of walk. You may buy chairs at the main street for cheap and it’ll help you a lot!
FOCAL LENGTH A320 +- 55mm


Spot #7 – Perimeter Fence
WHERE Continue from spot #5 for a few minutes until the road makes a right turn. There you are. You need a ladder or a chair here to shot over the fence.
WHAT Arrivals 14/32, departures 14/32, backtrack
TIME The light is good from 3PM till sunset.
MISCELLANEOUS You may use toilets and find drink and meals at the beach restaurant at less than 5 minutes of walk. You may buy chairs at the main street for cheap and it’ll help you a lot!
FOCAL LENGTH B767 @ 25mm

More pictures from Tivat on the personal page of Cedric Valence : www.flyfan.be

 

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