TLS Spot 1
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS/LFBO) is situated in southern France and only a short hop away from the wonderful city of Toulouse. The lovely southern-French city is not just a destination for many northern African carriers, it’s also home of Airbus and ATR. Astonishingly large hangars, filled with masses of brand-new Airbuses and new Prop-liner are all along the airport.
A variety like it is only at Toulouse! Some parts are every now and then brought by a huge freight aircraft so for a surprise is always catered! Talking of freight jets bringing parts, there is the massive and unique Airbus Beluga which is in service 365 days in a year!
Toulouse is France’s fourth busiest airport with a total of nearly 9,2 Mio. passengers by 2017. The airport offers two runways which are slightly displaced. EasyJet clearly dominates the Low-Cost traffic if not the entire traffic at Toulouse by linking the southern-french city with the capital or surrounding cities as well as the UK and Italy. By visiting Toulouse, you’ll be welcomed by an exotic mix of airlines from all over the world!
Written by Marlin & Jonas Lehmann, Jérôme Viconneau (spot 9), Ramon Jordi (spot 10). Last update August 2019.
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| (20 votes, average: 4.40 out of 5)
|Terminals||One terminal for all flights splitted into check in halls A, B, C and D.|
|Ladder||No, there is no need for it. Maybe at 8 and 9 but its also possible without|
|Car/Public Transport||Recommended. No infos about public transport.|
|Restrooms||Available at all publicly accessible buildings like restaurants or inside the terminal building|
|Drinks/Food||There are supermarkets nearby the airport and food is available inside the airport’s terminals|
|Hotels||There are many hotels nearby the airport belonging to all classes of categories.|
|Season||Toulouse Airport is best to be visited during spring or autumn. Please not, that Airbus suspends production and delivery during a certain time in August when the company has a short rest during few weeks in the summer. Airbus also recesses on national holiday days like Christmas or All Saints’ Day. Only Beluga aircraft are active on these days.|
|14L/32R||Flights departing from terminals and freight flights (As long as they are parked up on the civil aviation ramp) are departing on this runway due to shorter taxi time. Flight arrivals differ on ATC’s order.|
|14R/32L||Airbus and ATR test flights are departing and landing on this runway|
|Spot #1 – Spotting hill
|WHERE||This is TLS most popular spotting location. The hill is located between spots 2 and 3. Follow the course of the road “Av. Latécoere” until the hill is visible. You can´t park your car right on top of the hill anymore, instead leave it at the restaurant Le Vingtième Avenue or at spot 2 and walk up the hill.|
|WHAT||Flight arrivals of runway 14R/32L can be observed from here as well as line-ups of the other runway which begins a few hundred meters beyond 14R. Airplanes being towed from the paint hangar to the main Final Assembly Line are coming along here and can be photographed perfectly. Airbus flights are taxiing right in front of the hill when RWY14s’ are in use. This hill offers an overview onto the Delivery centre as well.|
|TIME||From noon to sunset|
|MISC.||Heat haze can be a problem on hot days. A supermarket is not far from this point.|
|Spot #2 – Delivery centre|
|WHERE||This spot is located at a lay-by of Av. Latécoere. Please note that parking is not allowed at this point but stopping for short time is possible of course. Google Maps: 43.636298, 1.346268|
|WHAT||You can take photos of aircraft being parked up at the Final Delivery Centre or airplanes towed from the Deliver hangar to the gate.|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from at around sunset or during the afternoon.|
|MISC.||Spot 1 is right next to this lay-by. You can easily walk from Spot 1 down to the lay-by. It is safer to park the car at Spot 1.|
|Spot #3 – Approach path 14R|
|WHERE||This spot is at the roadside of Av. Latécoere. Check the map for its location or google maps at: 43.643732, 1.339033|
|WHAT||This spot is suitable for ATR planes coming into land as your focal length at spot 1 might be not enough for smaller aircraft or heat haze destroys the picture.|
|TIME||From noon to sunset|
|MISC.||Aplenty of facilities are nearby such as supermarkets or petrol stations|
|Spot #4 – Line-up 14R|
|WHERE||By following the course of Route de Toulouse from the terminals and you’re going along the runways, a stop at this point is it definitely worth. It is located on a former taxiway which is nowadays used as a lay-by. Google Maps: 43.645961, 1.349690|
|WHAT||From this spot you can take pictures of all runway 14R movements.|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from sunrise until mid-morning or noon|
|MISC.||A mall is nearby.|
|Spot #5 – A380 Final Assembly Line FAL|
+++ UPDATE July 2017: spot is no longer available
|Spot #6 – Runway 14L Spot|
|WHERE||There is a fire rescue path or something like that right at the line-up bay of runway 14L which offers a good view onto Runway 14R and 14L. Google Maps: 43.648841, 1.350692
This spot is easily reachable by bus. It runs from the terminal to Ecopark 6, where you can walk from to the spot.
|WHAT||Arrivals of runway 14R as well as line-ups of runway 14L.|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from sunrise until mid-day|
|MISC.||Parking your car there may is illegal. We do not have information as to it. You can park your car at the long-term parking (parking fee) nearby or another facilities.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||18-300mm – Airbus A330: 160mm; Airbus A320: 260mm|
|Spot #7 – Runway 32L Arrivals|
|WHERE||Spot 7 is located at a big parking lot. It is the very same way until Spot 8, just exit the roundabout at its second exit and follow the street course until the big parking bay appears. Google Maps: 43.612619, 1.375174|
|WHAT||Airplanes gliding down to runway 32L are perfectly visible from here. A fence prevents a view to the line-up bay.|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from noon until sunset.|
|MISC.||There is nothing special to mention at this spot.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70-300mm – Airbus Beluga: 75mm; Boeing 767: 100mm; Boeing 737: 105mm|
|Spot #8 – Runway 32R Arrivals|
|WHERE||If you follow Chemin de la Crabe until the roundabout near the company Moog Sarl, a sandy parking bay will appear on your right. Google Maps: 43.612001, 1.378899|
|WHAT||Approaching aircraft aiming landing for 32R, Departures are visible but not to be photographed from here, you ought to go down to the fence and that requires a ladder.|
|TIME||Best light conditions are from noon until sunset.|
|MISC.||Park your car immediate at this spot. It is legal to park here.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||50-300mm – Falcon Jet: 230mm|
|Spot #9 – Impasse Santos Dumont|
|WHERE||Follow “Aviation d’affaire” road signs and continue the main road till the end of the Impasse. The address is 21 Impasse Santos Dumont, 31700 BLAGNAC.
At the end of the road you have a portail and a parking with concrete blocks at your right hand side. Just park here. Jump on the concrete block if you do not have a stepladder.
|WHAT||All aircraft taxiing for departure in runway 32R. 32R Line up. All private aircraft and business jets. Landings on 32L and 32R|
|TIME||morning up to noon. During winter it is also possible to have Airbus aircraft line up in 32L but during summer, sun haze is too high.|
|MISC.||If you don’t have stepladder, jump on the concrete blocks.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||50-150 for taxiing
150-400 for landings
|Spot #10 – Meadow – 32L arrivals|
|WHERE||This location is on an meadow next to the Route de Bayonne and a roundabout which is just before the A624. Park your car next to the entrance to a dog park and cross the road to reach that grassy area.|
|WHAT||Arrivals on runway 32L only which is the major runway for the Airbus movements.|
|TIME||From morning up to noon.|
|MISC.||There are some trees spending shadow. A Carrefour supermarket and McDonald’s is just behind the position.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A320 = 190 mm; 757 = 140 mm|
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