Ciudad Real Airport (CQM/LERL) is located halfway between the cities of Ciudad Real and Puertollano, in the La Mancha region of Spain. It was opened in 2008 and, after four years of operation, it was closed following its bankruptcy. Under a new ownership, it was reopened in 2019, and now it houses executive aviation flights, storage and recycling movements. Also some cargo flights operated lately, but biggest part is the storage/scrap traffic. Latest stored airliner were/are: Surinam Airways A343, Virgin Atlantic B744, Vueling A320, … In order to get to know the most recent movements at CQM feel free to check out THIS local website.
In summer season when fires break out in the Spanish south, the airport is home to firefighter aircraft sometimes and thus it has also even seen Evergreen’s Supertanker already…
The main access to the airport is located in exit 178 of motorway A-41, that links Ciudad Real and Puertollano. This access is convenient if coming from Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Málaga or Sevilla also. There is also another access from road CM-4111, that links Ciudad Real and Almuradiel via Calzada de Calatrava. This access would be convenient if coming from Granada or Jaén.
Written by Severin Hackenberger in cooperation with Alberto Calcerrada, Alejandro Martín, Carlos Romero Cerro, Jesús and Antonio (all 5 are locals). Last Update: June 2020
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|10/28||4000m x 60m (13,123ft x196 ft.)|
|Terminals||no regular passenger traffic, so no “real” terminal here.|
|Ladder||A ladder could be necessary at some points, but could be discouraged by security, and dangerous if used on the high-speed railway fence.|
|Car/Public Transport||A car would be highly recommended as public transport is very poor.|
|Restrooms||A restroom would be available only in the nearby villages of Cañada and Villar.|
|Drinks/Food||The bar and restaurants around would be: Teleclub (Cañada de Calatrava), Bar el Titi (Ballesteros de Calatrava), Mesón Braulio (Corral de Calatrava) and Restaurante El Bosque (Corral de Calatrava). If you prefer a shop, you can find Tienda de la Margarita in Ballesteros and Alimentación Rivas in Corral.|
|Hotels||No “spotting hotels” around here at all – closest accommodations would be: Centro Ornitológico El Primillar (Cañada de Calatrava)
For hotels, one should stay in the cities of Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Miguelturra or Almagro.
|Season||For spotting private aviation, best season would be around winter, as it is open hunting season, the main attraction for wealthy flyers. Also, summer season can be too hot, and precautions should be taken if spotting in the warmest hours of the day.|
|Security||You may be approached if you stand a lot at the fence as security can be suspicious. Otherwise spotting is fine here.|
|10/28||Totally depends on the wind and the aircraft’s origin due to little traffic and wind here.|
|Spot #1 – Unused road – Apron|
|WHERE||This is the airport’s main spot as it offers the best view. It is accesible from the roundabout in the southwest as you only have to pass the factory on your right then and follow the road to the bridge/fence, where you can search your favourite position.|
|WHAT||Good view onto the apron and runway 10 Arrivals/Line-Ups.|
|TIME||Best in the evening.|
|MISC.||Heat haze can become a problem. Closest facilities are inside the terminal.
Ladder recommended if you go to the fence.
Spot itsslef looks like THIS, shots taken from here like these below:
|Spot #2 – Railway station – 10 Arrivals + 28 Departures|
|WHERE||This spot is located just a bit south of the roundabout and the factory nearby “Cañada de Calatrava railway station”. Just search your favourite position south of it in the fields/by the roadside…|
|WHAT||View onto the apron and heavy 28 departures as well as 10 Arrivals.|
|TIME||In the late evening or early morning.|
|MISC.||Be aware of any passing trains, and especially, never cross the fence into the high-speed railway.
Heat haze can become a big problem. Closest facilities are inside the terminal.
|Spot #3 – Fence South – Runway 10/28|
|WHERE||This spot is no exact location, rather all along the fence south of the runway. It can be accessed best from a roundabout close/northwest to the village of Villar del Pozo. Take the access road to the gate/fence from there and then search your favourite position along the fence according to your favourite angle/moment you wanna shoot… Not reachable by public transport, car can be parked easily by the roadsdie somewhere.|
|WHAT||Spot offers good views of movements on the 10/28 runway – depending on your exact position you cna actually capture everything here along the fence.
If a maintenance zone / boneyard is created in the future according to the original plans, it will also provide a good view from here.
|TIME||In winter all day in summer only later morning till later afternoon.|
|MISC.||Ladder recommended if you wanna avoid dark corners and the fence in the picture. Heat haze can be a big problem in summer. Nothing around, take everything you need with you!|
Access from the mentioned roundabout looks like this:
Depending on your exact position along the fence, the angle/view can look different…
Example picture can be found HERE and an example video looks like the one below:
|Spot #4 – Fence North – Terminal apron|
|WHERE||This spot is pretty easy to find and reach as it is just east of the terminal along the perimeter fence there. Easily reachable by public transport (bus) and car, which can be parked nearby there easily. Then just search your favourite position along the fence.|
|WHAT||Main apron in front of terminal|
|TIME||In the early morning or later evening is the best – depending on the aircraft’s position.|
|MISC.||Ladder recommended. Heat haze can become a problem. All you need in the nearby terminal, which is also nicely reachable by bus.|
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