Eindhoven Airport (EIN/EHEH) is located in the south of the Netherlands. It is a mixed civil and military airport. With almost 6,7 Mio. Passengers in 2019, Eindhoven is the second bussiest airport of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam Schiphol. The main carriers serving Eindhoven are Transavia, TUI, Wizzair and Ryanair. Both Ryanair and Transavia have a base at Eindhoven.
Most of the time there is also some businessjets on the platform and because of the paint shop you can see some rare aircraft/airlines. At the airbase, the transport squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force are based with C-130 and the G-IV. In addition, you may sometimes also see foreign airforces as the EATC also has its HQ here and furthermore since 2020 the NATO A330s are also regular guests here.
Written by Ruud Bouwknegt and Severin Hackenberger (regular visitors). Last Update: August 2022 – completely by Marc-David Bach
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|03/21||3.000 m (9.842 ft)|
|Terminals||One for all flight operations.|
|Ladder||At some spots needed. See detailed description.|
|Car/Public Transport||Car is recommended because most of the spots are not walkable or reachable by public transport|
|Drinks/Food||Inside the terminal only acuatlly and close to 5/6 there is a centre.|
|Hotels||Above the terminal there is a hotel and next to the highway (10min drive)|
|Season||More charter traffic during the summer season and of course better weather.|
|03/21||Used in all directions, mainly 21 is in use.|
|Spot #1 – Spottersweg – 21 Arrivals|
|WHERE||To reach this place from the terminal, you leave the terminal on your left side and follow the road. You will pass the JetNetherlands building and after several hunderd meters you will reach a bridge over the canal. Don’t cross the bridge, but turn left. Follow the road and on your left side you see the parkinglot.|
|WHAT||This is the most populair spot. From this point you can see the entire airport. Facing the airport, the best place to stand is on the far left side of the parking on the grass bank (near the three with the garbage bin and benches). Aircraft landing on runway 21 will be visible very late due to the threes. Aircraft departing from runway 21 are also visible from here.|
|TIME||Light conditions are prefect from sunrise till 3pm in the summer. After 3pm the sun will be on the other side of the runway.|
|MISC.||The are some benches to relax and some trees for shadow.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||70-300 mm|
|Spot #2 – JetNetherlands – JetNetherlands ramp|
|WHERE||To get to this spot, you follow the description as mentioned at spot 1. From the terminal this spot is a couple of minutes walk. If you visit this spot by car, you can park your car at spot 1 and walk to spot 2.|
|WHAT||This spot is located near the hangar and maintance area of JetNetherlands (former Solid Air). At some days there will bes ome aircraft outside and they are visible from here.|
|TIME||You can visit this spot the whole day.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||18-200 mm|
|Spot #3 – Terminal – Apron|
|WHERE||Spot 3 is located inside the terminal. When you enter the terminal you go to the upper floor. Cross the restaurant and you will see the terrace. Unfortunately you have to take photos through glass.|
|WHAT||This spot is located inside the terminal and is good for platform shots. Aircraft taxiing to runway 21 can be shot from here, but aircraft taking of from runway 03 are way to high.|
|TIME||The best time to visit this spot is in the morning. Around 15:00h the sun will be on the other side of the runway and you have the sun in front of you.|
|MISC.||Because this spot is inside the terminal you have all the things you need. The restaurant is pretty expensive so it’s better tob ring your own food.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||18-300 mm|
|Spot #4 – Parking P4 – Ramp + 03/21 Movements|
|WHERE||Park your car by the nearby roadside and once the road will turn left and here you will see the parkinglot P4 on you right. Enter this building and go up to the top floor’s western side where you can stand all along the perimeter… You can NOT enter this parking garage with your own car as it is determined for long term parking.
Note: There is only one sign once leave the highway that all road signs need a parking ticket. There are no signs here, but keep that in mind. Fines are about 80€! Weekends are allegedly free, but on weekdays (even bank holidays) you need a ticket. Machines can be found towards the terminal by the roadside.
|WHAT||Since a couple of years parking P4 has a parking garage with 4 floors. In the top floor you have some very nice views on the runway and both platform (militair and civil).|
|TIME||For runway shots you can stay here until late noon. For platform shots, the best time is in the late evening or early morning. Night shots are also nicely possible from here…|
|MISC.||Restrooms are in the terminal. Please take all your garbage with you, because of possible FOD on the platform. Heat haze can be a problem quite fast!
Warning! It is officially not allowed to post any pictures of the military platform on the internet. Possible that you were asked to leave by military police if there are using the ramp.
B738 on runway touchdown in front of you = 180mm / Global 6000 on parking spot = 60mm
|Spot #5 – Scherpenering – 03 Arrivals|
|WHERE||This spot is located on the south side of the airport along the “Scherpenering”, on the side of the road. To reach this spot from the terminal you will need a car. By foot it is almost impossible to reach. When you have a car you drive towards spot 1. You will keep following the road and you will pass spot 1. At the first T-crossing turn left en follow this road. Eventually you will reach a crossroad and turn left again. Follow this road and on the left side you will see the airport. Park your car on the side of the “Schotelbleekweg” without blocking the road.|
|WHAT||From this spot you can see the aircraft landing on runway 03. With good weatherconditions you can see the aircraft turn onto final. The terminal and platforms are not visible from here.|
|TIME||The best time to visit this spot is from early morning till 15:00h.|
|MISC.||There is a lunchroom with a spotters terrace inside the SchippersStop next to the roundabout.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||50-300 mm|
|Spot #6 – Scherpenering – 03 Movements + 21 Departures|
|WHERE||It is at the same area as the spot described above, but just on the other side of the approach path, along the “Scherpenering” all along up north till the forest begins. There are some field entrances where you can park the car. Of course you should not block the farmers way when he is active!|
|WHAT||From this spot you can see the aircraft landing on runway 03 – anlge in the examples can vary due to different positions along the fence!
A bit up north along the fence you can also see 21 departures and 03 lineups.
|TIME||After 15:00h you can use this spot.|
|MISC.||Ladder needed for shots along the fence (Line-Up etc…). There is a lunchroom with a spotters terrace inside the SchippersStop next to the roundabout.|
B738 90 degree = 125mm
|Spot #7 – Landsardseweg – 21 arrival|
|WHERE||This spot is located north-west of the airport. To reach this spot from the terminal you will need a car. When you have a car you drive towards spot 1. You will keep following the road and you will pass spot 1. At the first T-crossing turn left en follow this road. Park you car along the road (at your own risk!). Then you have to find a good spot along “Landsardsweg” where the tress aren’t blocking and disturbing…|
|WHAT||From this spot you can see the aircraft landing on runway 21. The terminal and platforms are not visible from here.|
|TIME||After 17:00h you can use this spot.|
|MISC.||Bring your own food and drinks. No restrooms at this spot. Haze may be a problem due to the many trees close to the spot where the heat can “collect” easily…|
|FOCAL LENGTH||50-300 mm|
|Spot #8 – Landsard – 21 arrival|
|WHERE||Simply take the street Oirschotsedijk and this location is located in the road Landsard – the one turning off the mentioned Oirschotsedijk just west of the A2. You can park nearby by the roadside on the grass next to a field entrance for farming vehicles. Then position yourself along the roadside.|
|WHAT||From this spot you can see the aircraft landing on runway 21. Better angle than at spot #1!|
|TIME||Sunrise till late noon.|
|MISC.||There is a nice restaurant across the A2 to the east, but you can also bring your own food and drinks. No restrooms at this spot.|
In theory, there is one more spotting point: balcony of the passenger terminal of the airbase. But it is not easy to get there. I was lucky to attend “Open Day” in September 2020, in time of annual trainings. Stuff allowed people to walk on the balcony, watch and make pictures. Very good place to see all operations.
[…] Eindhoven airport is the second busiest airport in the Netherlands (4+ million passengers per year) being located on the southeast of the country. Airport is mostly used by low-cost airlines. Dominating airlines are RyanAir, WizzAir and Transavia. However, in Eindhoven you may encounter both passenger and military traffic. Eindhoven is quite planespotter-friendly airport as well as Schiphol. However, there are some limitations apply on which photos can be published and which are not (mostly related to military infrastructure of the airport). More information you can know from from detailed planespotter guide at SpotterGuide.net. […]