Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY/LIME) is the third busiest international airport in Italy. Even if it is just 4 km southeast from the city of Bergamo and 45km northeast from the city of Milan, it is promoted as Milan airport by Ryanair. The airport served 12.9 mio passengers in 2019. It’s the main Ryanair’s (Malta Air) base in Italy and they are responsible for the majority of the traffic. But there are some seasonal charter flights taking place in the summer months by various airlines like Neos or Alba Star to different holiday destinations.
During nights there are a lot of cargo movements as it is a major hub for DHL aviation.
Written by Tombarelli Federico, Timo Friegg (spot 1), credits to Marco Papa for photos Spot 3. Last Update: September 2022 – Spot #1-3
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|10/28||2.934 m (9.630 ft) Asphalt|
|12/30||778 m (2.552 ft) Asphalt|
|Terminals||One terminal, usually charters use the parkings on the left|
|Ladder||A ladder is needed at spots 2 and partially 3.|
|Car/Public Transport||You can walk to spot1 from the terminal. For the other spots a car is useful as there is no public transport to these locations.|
|Restrooms||Nothing at the locations. Inside the terminal and in the “Oriocenter” super market behind the terminal and highway|
|Drinks/Food||Inside the terminal and in the “Oriocenter” super market behind the terminal and highway.|
|Hotels||There is a NH Hotel south of the terminal but no hotel we can recommend for photography.|
|Season||A lot of additional charter traffic takes place in the summer months as well as some movements due to F1 GP in Monza each september.|
|10/28||Major runway for all traffic. Used in both directions and depends on the wind. 28 seems to be more in use.|
|12/30||Small runway at the norther side of the field and used by the local aeroclub only.|
|Spot #1 – Parking Garage – 10 movements + apron/taxiway|
|WHERE||This spot is located on the top floor of a parking garage, which can be found west of the airport terminal. Just leave the terminal and follow the signs to the car rental centre, which will lead you to the parking garage, which can be seen quite easily anyway. Once you got there, go up to the top floor and search your favourite position along the front.|
|WHAT||Good for all activities on runway 10 as well as for most apron/taxiway movements.|
|TIME||From 10 till evening|
|MISC.||No ladder needed. Everything you need is inside the nearby terminal facilities such as restaurants, toilets or shadow.|
Apron = ~50mm / Arrivals (infront of the hill) = ~200-300mm
|Spot #2 – Parking lot – 28 Movements + heavy 10 movements|
|WHERE||This spot is located in a free open parking between some factories near the end of runway 28 and called “Spot per vedere atterraggio aerei a Orio al serio”. It is more or less the “official” viewing location at the airport and from here you are absolutely free to stay, park and enjoy planes. To reach it go left leaving the terminal and follow the road until the last roundabout. Here take left again and continue for 2km. Than take “Via Tonale” and his bridge over the highway. At the end of the bridge you’ll find a road going forward towards the airport fence. Here you are.|
|WHAT||Good for all activities on runway 28. Taxi, take offs and landings|
|TIME||From 10 till late afternoon. Backlit in summer in the morning and evening hours.|
|MISC.||The fence is pretty old but made of two pieces (so no chance to shoot thru), but one step is enough to clear it. There is a gas station with a shop a few steps south of the location.|
Taxiway = ~30mmArrivals/runway= ~100 for a 737/A320
|Spot #3 – Crash Gate/Park – RWY28 line up and arrivals|
|WHERE||Follow for Spot 2 but after crossing the bridge over the highway go right till the river. Here take the first closed road on the left, not the main one. Go a bit further and park the car there (look at the spot in the map). You just need to follow the fence with your ladder and you’ll find the gate. Don’t stay in front of the gate but to the fence next to it to avoid problems with the security.
For arrivals cross the road and stay at the small park.
|WHAT||Line ups from the fence at the crash gate and arrivals on runway 28 from the park.|
|TIME||For the line-up from sunrise to 10am during summer, in winter you will have like 1 hour of good light.
For arrivals from 10 till late afternoon. Backlit in summer in the morning and evening hours.
|MISC.||3 steps ladder needed. There are enough trees spending shadow during hot summer days.|
Arrival: 737 = 80mm
|Spot #4 – Aeroclub|
|WHERE||Parallel to the runway, behind the Fokker, there is the Aeroclub with his own small runway, it is like a different airport itself. To reach it you need to go all the way around runway 10, go through the village and follow signs to “Aero Club”. The easiest way is to set ” Aero Club Bergamo Guido Taramelli ” on Maps.|
|WHAT||All sort of light airplanes with some nice and rare props. Friendly staff.|
|MISC.||The way you can look at the runway is pretty bad for the sun position all day long so you might need to ask if you can access the apron or just take some good parked aircraft.|
Here are some pictures taken at the Aeroclubs ramp.