Altenrhein St. Gallen Airport Spotting Guide

Our members Marlin, Jonas and Patrick visited the small but mighty airport of Altenrhein back in 2011. The St. Gallen Business Airport is located at the north-eastern tip of the Switzerland just at the very edge of the Lake Constance and next to the border of Austria. In consequence of its location, the airport is an important hub for business traveller in this trijunction around the Lake Constance and the eastern part of the Switzerland. The airfield was opened up back in 1927, serving regular flights to Basle, Innsbruck and Munich which had been interrupted and suspended when the Second World War began. In 1988, after the airfield was being extended, flights to Vienna were commenced which has been the main market of the airport until today. An own brand which should stand for the airport and mainly serve the business traveller was set up in 2010, namely “People’s Viennaline” and it operates scheduled flights to Vienna and some charter flights to holiday destinations. They own a E170 but somtimes they lease aircrafts from different operators (e.g Helvetic, Denim Air) Business jets are always to be encountered at the airfield, smaller business jets are being maintained here, too.

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Airport Information Runways 10/28
1.500m (4,921ft)
Spotting Information Ladder No, there is no need for it except at Spot 1
Car Not neccesary, but makes it easier. Most of the spots can be reached by foot
Restrooms Available within easy walking distance inside terminal and at the airport restaurant.
Drinks/Food There are supermarkets nearby the airport and food is available at the airport’s restaurant
Hotels “Bodenseehotel Weisses Rössli” and the “Hotel Restaurant Rank” is very close to the airport. Both hotels may offer a view onto the approach path and Lake Constance.
Season ACH is very busy during WEF in February but it’s nice to have a stop-over during a journey from Germany to Zurich at any time. Check People’s Viennaline’s timetable because it may is the only movement during your stay.
Runway Usage 10/28 Depends on the wind direction but the operations are usually being dispatched via runway 28

Spot #1 – Beside the Terminal hall
WHERE This spot is situated beside the terminal area at a fence.
WHAT From this spot you can take pictures of taxiing aircrafts and of all Runway 28 movements. You can also photograph Business jets in front of the hangar.
TIME Afternoon until sunset
MISCELLANEOUS The terminal is not far from here. Aplenty of public institutions are available here.
FOCAL LENGTH 18-250mm
Spot #2 – Face to face with the runway
WHERE This spot is located just underneath the approach path of runway 10. You can park your car at the roadside of “Dorfstrasse”
WHAT Apron movements, aircrafts taxiing towards the runway and this spot offers view onto the movements on the runway.
TIME You can take photos all day long from here as there are different angles possible. Light for planes taking off is good in the evening.
MISCELLANEOUS Fence is lowed at this place due to very low incoming planes just beyond fence.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #3 – Airport restaurant
WHERE This spot is located inside the terminal in its restaurant. You will get access by entering the terminal hall and proceed right to the restaurant.
WHAT Apron movements (very close to the action), aircrafts taxiing towards the runway and this spot offers view onto the movements on the runway.
TIME You can take photos all day long from here as there are different angles possible. Light for planes taking off is good in the evening.
MISCELLANEOUS The restaurant’s view is glazed.
FOCAL LENGTH 18-300mm
Spot #4 – Position Sierra
WHERE This spot is located at a parking bay for passengers. It is immediately afterwards you have turned onto the terminal access road.
WHAT There are larger business jets parked on this taxiway which can be photographed from every angle by walking along the fence.
TIME close to afternoon or evening
MISCELLANEOUS Terminal is in easy walking distance
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #5 – Runway view from breakdown lane
WHERE This spot is located on a breakdown lane of highway A7 to Zurich.
WHAT From this spot you can take pictures of all Runway 28 movements. You can also photograph Business jets in front of the hangar
TIME Around noon
MISCELLANEOUS This spot is to use short-time only. It is illegal to leave your car behind. We are not liable for any inconveniences with any motorists or police
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
Spot #6 – Runway 28 arrivals
WHERE This spot is located on a breakdown lane of highway A7 to Zurich.Park your car next to the street ans walk up the small moud
WHAT From this spot you can take pictures of all Runway 28 movements. just afther touchdown. As this spot is elevated you don’t need steps but 2 steps are enough to clear the fence totally
TIME Around noon
MISCELLANEOUS It’s just a limited time parking for free (check out the signs at the carpark!)
FOCAL LENGTH 55-200mm

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4 thoughts on “Altenrhein St. Gallen Airport Spotting Guide

  1. Alessandro Ulivarri

    There are new airlines such as denim air and Helvetic airlines and new destinations like Colgne Ibiza Naples Menorca Memmingen and Friedrichshafen.

  2. Alessandro

    Hello

    There are new destinations from St.Gallen Altenrhein such as Pula (Croatia) Palma de Mallorca (Spain) Preveza (Greece) Cagliari (Italy). Would be nice if you add these destinations on the Information.

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