Maastricht/Aachen Airport – Spotting Guide

The Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST/EHBK) is situated 10 km northeast of Maastricht which means a 15 minutes ride by car. It was opened back in 1944 during the 2nd world war as a military Air Base and today the Airport is mainly used by LCC and Holiday Airlines. It also handels a few cargo flights within Europe and to other continents.

285.000 thousand passengers and around 80.000 thousand tons cargo used Maastricht/Aachen in 2014. Following Passanger and Cargo Airlines are serving MST/EHBK regularly (in 2017): BDA-Zimex (Mo-Fr), Corendon Airlines, Germania, Royal Jordanien Cargo, Ryanair, SkyGates, SilkWay (1-2 x weekly), Turkish Airlines (normal and Cargo) and ULS Airlines Cargo.

For exact news about traffic or special visitors you can visit MST-Aviation.nl.

Written by Severin Hackenberger and Bas Velders (Regular Visitors – last Visit: June 2017). Thanks to Hendrik Schmitz for Providing us pictures and information for Spot 1.

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Airport Informations Runways 03/21
2.500m x 45m (tarmac)
Terminal Terminal 1
Used for all Acitivities, because there is just one terminal at MST.
Spotting Informations Ladder Necessary or useful at the all locations.
Car Recommended as locations are far apart and switching runway will take very long otherwise. The public transport around the Airport is poor.
Restrooms Some gas stations and supermarkets around the airport. Restrooms are also available inside the terminal buildings.
Drinks/Food Around the airport are a few supermarkets and you can visit the little cities around the airport or otherwise you’ll find a lot of restaurants and supermarkets in Maastricht.
Hotels There are just a few motels/hotels around the airport (like the Holiday Inn or the Shandrani
Season We recommend visiting the airport during the summer as the air cargo jets are rather to be encountered at late evening. As sun sets significantly later in the months around June, spotting is more efficient then.
Runway Usage 03/21 Used for all arrivals and departures, because there is no other runway at Maastricht.

Spot #1 – Nieuwe Vliekerweg – Back tracking aircrafts for 03 Departure/ Landed aircrafts on runway 21
WHERE If you start at the terminal follow the “Vliegveldweg” into southwestern direction for about 2km. Just after you turned left into “Nieuwe Vliekerweg” park your car nearby, but take care of not Disturbing other cars/vehicles/biker/people. Make sure to be on the right side of the arrival lights and then choose your favourite position, this depends on the angle you like the most and the fence (at some points the permiter fence isn’t as high as normally).
WHAT Aircrafts which are backtracking runway 03 before their departure on the runway and aircrafts landing on runway 21.
TIME Depends on the position and angle of the plane, but “90-Degree-Pictures” should be okay from around 10.30am till sunset.
MISC. Around the airport there are a few gas station, cafés and supermarkets where you can find restrooms and something to eat. Ladder neccessary! Don’t block streets or paths with your car. In the summer months you may have heathaze.
FOCAL LENGTH 100 – 400mm
Spot #2 – Bookstraat – 03 Morning Arrivals
WHERE If you start at the terminal follow the “Vliegveldweg” into southwestern direction for about 2km. Then turn left into “Nieuwe Vliekerweg” and follow the street for about 500m, then turn right into Bookstraat. Park your car nearby, but take care of not Disturbing other cars/vehicles/biker/people. Choose your favourite position, this depends on the angle you like the most.
WHAT Arrivals on runway 03.
TIME From sunrise till around 3pm.
MISC. Around the airport there are a few gas station, cafés and supermarkets where you can find restrooms and something to eat. Ladder useful, otherwise you can use the barrier! Don’t block streets or paths with your car.
FOCAL LENGTH 24 – 200mm
Spot #3 – Luxemburglaan – Apron Delta
WHERE If you start at the terminal follow the “Vliegveldweg” into southwestern direction for about 2km. Then turn left into “Nieuwe Vliekerweg” and follow the street for about 1km, then turn left into Bamfordweg. Follow the road for another 1000m, but pay attention, the street becomes Europalaan (streetname changes). After around 1km turn left into Luxemburglaan and follow this street for about 300m. Park your car somewhere on the parking area, but take care of not Disturbing other cars/vehicles. Then choose your favourite position, this depends on the angle you like the most.

You can get to this spot by bus, too. There is a bus station nearby (marked on the map), where Bus 30 stops.

WHAT Planes parked on Delta Apron.
TIME Depends on the angle the planes are parked, but for example the light for the B737 was good from about 3pm till sunset.
MISC. Around the airport there are a few gas station, cafés and supermarkets where you can find restrooms and something to eat. Ladder needed! Don’t block streets or paths with your car and don’t park on reserved parking spaces.
FOCAL LENGTH 70 – 300mm
Spot #4 – Samco Aircraft Maintenance – Apron Charlie
WHERE If you start at the terminal follow the “Vliegveldweg” into southwestern direction for about 2km. Then turn left into “Nieuwe Vliekerweg” and follow the street for about 1km, then turn left into Bamfordweg. Follow the road for another 1000m, but pay attention, the street becomes Europalaan (streetname changes). After around 1km turn left into Luxemburglaan and follow this street for about 300m. Park your car somewhere on the parking area, but take care of not Disturbing other cars/vehicles. Then walk behind the big building, which is just behind or above you (depends on the parking area you use) and then choose your favourite position, this depends on the angle you like the most and the plane you want to spot.

You can get to this spot by bus, too. There is a bus station nearby (marked on the map), where Bus 30 stops.

WHAT Planes parked on Samco Aircraft Maintenance area, Charlie Apron.
TIME Depends on the angle the planes are parked, but for most of the planes light is okay from sunrise till 6pm.
MISC. Around the airport there are a few gas station, cafés and supermarkets where you can find restrooms and something to eat. Ladder needed! Don’t block streets or paths with your car and don’t park on reserved parking spaces
FOCAL LENGTH 18 – 200mm
Spot #5 – Horsterweg – Cargo Apron
WHERE From the terminal, drive on the Vliegveldweg and turn right at the first road you see. Walk alongside the fence to get a decent spot. You can also drive to the Australiëlaan and park near the roundabout on the end.
WHAT Taxiing traffic to/from the cargo apron.
TIME Most of the time, you will have problems with the sun here. Probebly early mornings/late evenings in summer are the best moments.
MISC. There is nothing here.
FOCAL LENGTH 18 – 80mm
Spot #6 – Visitor Terrace/Parking Lot – All acitivities
WHERE On the left side of the terminal building, you will find stairs to the observation area on top of the terminal. You will need a small step to get over the glass.

As an alternative, you can spot from the parking lot. You are somewhat closer, but also lower to the ground. You will also need a ladder of at least two steps to get over the fence.

WHAT Departures and arrivals on runway 03/21 and overview of the passenger apron.
TIME Late afternoon/evening
MISC. Everything you need is inside the terminal. However: most of the services are closed in the weekends.
FOCAL LENGTH 30 – 100mm
Spot #7 – Emergency accessroad – All activities on runway 03/21
WHERE Around 1km south of the terminal there is an emergency access, you can park on slot on the other side of the bicycle path (50.908610, 5.761476).
WHAT Departures and arrivals on runway 03/21.
TIME From around 3.30 pm till sunset.
MISC. The taxiway just after the access is closed for aircrafts movements. Smalls aircraft landing on 21 can exit via W4 so they don’t go on turnpad.

Don’t block the emergency road. A ladder is needed otherwise you won’t get over the fence! Around the airport there are a few gas station, cafés and supermarkets where you can find restrooms and something to eat.

FOCAL LENGTH For aircrafts on the runway : less than 70mm for 747/777 profil picture, 200mm for buisness and prop aircrafts.

We can’t offer you example pictures yet! If you have some pictures for taken from this spot, don’t hesitate and contact us! We would be very thankful…

 

 

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