LGG Spot 1
Liège Airport (LGG/EBLG) is situated in the community of Grâce-Hollogne which is 9km west of the city of Liège. It is a small provincial airport serving the east of Belgium and but Liege also has to offer a huge freight timetable and is one of Europeans busiest cargo airports.
In terms of passenger movements, Liege is surely a little bit more silent than his brothers Brussels, Amsterdam and Luxembourg. The only pax flights are offery by TUIfly Belgium to several holiday destinations.
Due to its perfect location in this ‘golden triangle’ between Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt, many cargo airlines have decided to serve Liege as their hub. ASL Airlines Belgium (former TNT) uses LGG as a hub. Further regular Cargo visitors are Icelandair Cargo, Qatar Cargo, Emirates Cargo, FedEx and Ethopian Cargo.
Written by Severin Hackenberger, Jan Seba and Martin Rogosz (Last update: July 2020)
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|04R/22L||3.700 m (12.139 ft)|
|04L/22R||2.340 m (7.677 ft)|
|Terminals||One used for all flights|
|Ladder||Recommended, as you can use a ladder at every spot, But you can usually take photos without one, however rather limited, please read the instructions for every particular location for further information.|
|Car/Public Transport||Car is very advisable. Some spots can be reached by public transport from Liege Railway Station.|
|Restrooms||In every publicly accessable building like restaurants or hotels and inside of the terminal building.|
|Drinks/Food||There are a few restaurants and shops nearby every spotting location offering supply of food and drinks.|
|Hotels||There are many hotels nearby the airport as well as in neighbouring towns. There is a Park Inn By Radisson directly at the airport|
|Season||The traffic at Liege Airport slightly increases during the summer season while Jetairfly and other charters operates a few holiday charters as well as iFly charters are only operated during the summer season but the regular flights within Europe are steadily the same throughout the year. Also the freight sector does not show any significant changes during the year.|
|04R/22L||Generally the only active runway and it is used in all direction for arrivals and departures.|
|04L/22R||Only known to be used by light airplanes.|
|Spot #1 – Parking lot – RWY 04 Arrivals/Departures & TWY Movements off RWY 22|
|WHERE||Spot 1 is located on a big parking lot which seems to be unused. When coming from the city or from any other destination and you are travelling on E25 towards Bruxelles, exit the highway at Exit 4 ‘Flémalle’. Once you have exited the highway, immediately take the first turnout to the right. Follow this road until you enter the roundabout. Take the roundabout’s terminals fourth exit to exactly come back onto the road you have come from due to a prohibition of turning right to the parking lot after the highway exit. Follow the road for another 1.2km until you can turn left onto the parking lot (an unused area, there are no particular parking spaces but simply a gravel surface where you can also park your vehicle. When coming from the terminals, simply follow Rue de l’Aéroport southwestwards for about 2.3km. The parking lot will then appear on your right. You can place your ladder anywhere along the fence, but for the taxiway shots you should take the northern corner.
By public transport: Spot #1 is easily reachable by public transportation. Bus number 57 from Liege railway station goes to TNT HQ, which is just 5 min walk.
Update November 2020: Actually there are ongoing constructions around this area which makes this spot partially not available at the moment!
|WHAT||Movements on the runway when 04 is in use (not shown in the example shots) and aircraft using the adjacent taxiway, which is primarily used for vacating RWY 22. Departures from 22 will usually be too high at this location, but it can be used for some headon liftoff shots. (see Ethiopian MD11)|
|TIME||From sunrise until mid-day for runway movements and until the evening for vacatings on the taxiway.|
|MISC.||A ladder is required here. There is nothing nearby, bring everything by yourself.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||80mm for a vacating A319 and exactly 70mm for an A320. A MD11 on the runway at 90° about 70mm. 70-300mm lens is required here.|
|Spot #2 – Cargo Apron|
|WHERE||The cargo apron is located right next to the Rue de l’Aéroport and you can stop your car here quickly. UPDATE 2020: There is a double fence now and it is almost impossible to take pictures. Maybe with a very very high ladder.
By public transport: Spot #2 is easily reachable by public transportation. Bus number 57 from Liege railway station goes to TNT HQ, which is just 5 min walk.
|WHAT||You can take pictures of parked cargo aircraft. There are usually a couple of aircraft which can be photographed quite nicely. Sadly, there is one major downside to this location: A really high ladder is required, as there is a double fence which will strongly impact you pictures.We recommend at least 7 steps (the more the better) to get good shots. See example shots below, which were taken from the 7th step. Aircraft parked in the front are problematic and you will always have the fence in your shot, but aircraft further back are possible to get clean shots of.|
|TIME||From sunrise to mid-day in summer.|
|MISC.||Very high ladder is absolutely necessary. Don’t stay here too long.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Depending on the parking stand between 18-200mm.|
|Spot #3 – Mound near Park Inn Hotel – All RWY 22L and Taxiway Movements|
|WHERE||This is probably Liege’s most famous location: It is located northwest of a Park Inn Hotel. You can only reach this spot by foot. Parking on the hotel’s parking bay is fee-based (as of AUG2012). There are also some areas along the main road which can be used for parking free of charge. It is difficult to explain how you get to Spot 2 but the walking route is marked yellow in the map. From the main road you can also used the paved way if you do not want to climb over the hills on the marked route.|
|WHAT||All arrivals into runway 22L as well as taxying airplanes to runway 22L and the following departure of course. You can also look onto the Eastern Freight Apron where Bluebird Cargo jets are usually parked up. Photos are possible limitedly and will most likely have obstructions in the front (see example shot).|
|TIME||From sunrise to around 14:00 in summer.|
|MISC.||A higher ladder is required here with at least 4 steps. There is absolutely nothing nearby, so bring everything along what you may need.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70mm for an A320 on the taxiway and 150mm on the runway. A B772 is approximately 90mm on the runway. 100mm for the parked Bluebird Cargo.|
|Spot #4 – Dome – RWY 22L Arrival + late Line-Up + Apron/TWY parts|
|WHERE||This locations is easy to find when you start at the Park Inn Hotel. Just follow the Rue de l’Aeroport until you get to a big roundabout, exit to Rue Valise (second exit). After about 500m you get to a next roundabout, where you have to take the third exit onto Chaussee de Liege. After 150m you should see an old gate on your left. Park your car nearby and climb up the little dome. Now you have to choose your favourite position, this depends on the view you like the most, but it is best to go the front/fence…
By public transport: This spot is reachable by public transportation as well. Buses number 83 and 85 from Liege, bus stop “Grace-Hollogne”.
|WHAT||All Arrivals on runway 22L as well as Line-Ups via the last taxiway and some parked aircraft in the northwest.|
|TIME||From sunrise till late midday for arrivals, in summer and winter.
Line-Ups and parking apron is best in the summer morning till early midday.
|MISC.||A ladder is not required here. There is a gas station nearby (marked on the map) where you can get small drinks/snacks and go to toilet. Heat haze on long shots can be a problem.
UPDATE July 2020: There are some constructions works, that’s why this spot might be gone or different soon.
|FOCAL LENGTH||50 – 400mm
B777 = 105mm / B747 = 135mm / B737 = 190mm
|Spot #5 – Soundproofing hills (Bierset) – RWY 22L Arrivals|
|WHERE||There is a green area in the town of Bierset where a hill offers a nice view onto the runway. When coming from Spot 1 and Spot 2, drive Rue de l’Aeroport northbound – you will pass the Park Inn Hotel and remain on Rue de l’Aeroport until you enter the roundabout. Take the second exit to join Rue Valise for 500m. After 500m, the next roundabout appears from which you must exit at the third exit to join Chaussée de Liege. Follow this Chaussee for 1.4km and park your car in the first street of the right hand side.
By public transport: This spot is reachable by public transportation as well. Buses number 83 and 85 from Liege, bus stop “BIERSET Rue en Bois
|WHAT||Flight arrivals into 22L and line-up’s.|
|TIME||From early afternoon until sunset in summer months.|
|MISC.||There is absolutely nothing nearby, so bring everything along what you may need.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70-300mm; smaller planes e.g. Cessna planes are not to be photographed with 300mm|
|Spot #6 – From the hill – Afternoon Arrivals and Line up RWY 22L|
|WHERE||This spot is located on a high hill next to the street after passing the final approach of RWY22L/R. You can park your car next to the road on the grass or infront of racing facility at gravel area.|
|WHAT||Arrivals and line up on runway 22L.|
|TIME||Light is good from early afternoon till sunset.|
|MISC.||Arriving aircrafts on RWY22L and also line up RWY22L. Take care of furious drivers and cars! Also take care of the downhill infront of you at the marked spot! Ladder is needed (2 steps are enough) due high rising trees. There is nothing really nearby.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||90 – 300mm (Arriving Boeing 747 = 100mm)|
|Spot #7 – Meadow – Evening Arrivals RWY 04R|
|WHERE||This spot is located on a meadow next to “Rue du Bihet”. It’s no exact position rather an area depending on your favourite angle. Just park your car at the dirty area looking like a turning pad on the right side of the mentioned street. Then search your favourite position; Astral example shots are taken just next to the fence a few meters into north-western direction from the parking position (spot marked on map exactly).
|WHAT||Heavy departures from runway 22L and aircraft parking on the freight west apron (only head-on shots are possible)|
|TIME||Parked aircraft from mid-day until sunset (varies from angle) and departing airplanes from late afternoon in summer.|
|MISC.||No ladder needed, nothing really nearby.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70 – 300mm|
|Spot #8 – Roundabout – Morning Arrivals RWY 04R|
|WHERE||This spot is located at an dead exit of a roundabout. Simply park your car at the marked and free parking area, which is located a few meters into western direction on “Avenue Theodule Gonda”. This spot can easily reached from the highway using exit 4 “Flemalle”|
|WHAT||Arrivals on runway 04R.|
|TIME||Light is good from sunrise (on summer days it might be 1-2 hours after sunrise) till mid afternoon.|
|MISC.||Take care of furious drivers and cars! Also take care of the downhill infront of you at the marked spot! No ladder needed and nothing really nearby.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70 – 300mm|