Humberside Airport is located in the North East of England, near the river Humber, hence the name. While the closest town is Kirmington, it serves mainly the 3 larger cities of Scunthorpe, the major fishing port of Grimsby and Hull, across the river Humber.
Like most airports in the UK it started as a RAF airfield during second world war. After the war the site had been unused for several decades before it was turned into a regional airport in the 1970s.
Today it is a relatively small regional airport with around 200,000 passengers a year before the global pandemic.
The main operator is Eastern Airways with flights to Aberdeen and a route to Jersey in the summer. In common with most UK regional airports KLM provides the link to an international hub. Historically there have been seasonal holiday flights to Bulgaria by BH Air and occasional flights to Palma. Other charter flights are operated irregularly for the oil and offshore wind farm industry by the likes of Sun Air. Humberside also gets a fair amount of helicopter flights operated by CHC to the offshore oil rigs in the North Sea.
In addition Humberside is the headquarter and maintenance base of Eastern Airways so that some interesting aircraft can be parked around their hangar.
Written by Michael Lutzenberger. Last Update: Summer 2021
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|Terminal||One terminal for all fix wing operations|
|Helicopter Terminal||A separate terminal for CHC helicopter flights|
|Ladder||A 3-4 step ladder is useful on all spots|
|Car/Public Transport||All positions are theoretically walkable from the Terminal but a car is recommended as there are is no regular scheduled public transport to the airport, just taxis and a on demand pre-order bus.|
|Drinks/Food||In the airport when open and Touchdown Bar and Grill near the airport entrance|
|Hotels||There is a Nightel and a Hampton by Hilton by the airport entrance. Some rooms probably provide an overview of the airport|
|Season||Year round though summer will have a couple of additional holiday flights|
|Security||No know issues with security. Please note that #1 and #2 are on private land and there are signs on the road highlighting that. So enter at own risk and spend only the time needed at these spots. However, airport management seems to tolerate spotters and re-shares pictures taken at these spots on their social media.|
|02/20||Runway 02/20 is used for all commercial traffic.|
|08/26||Runway is active but not really in use as the major runway is 02/20.|
|Spot #1 – BAE apron and Eastern Airways storage and maintenance ramp|
|WHERE||At the roundabout on the airport entry don’t turn left to the Terminal (first exit) but go straight (2nd exit) onto Franklin way. Turn right at the third road. You will pass a BAE Hawk and Strikemaster on display on your right. Follow the road round to the back of the BAE hangar and then along the fence around another bend until you see a big hangar on your left. Park your car on the side and walk up to the fence.
At the fence next to the BAE hangar you can briefly park the car in a lay-by while taking pictures but don’t park for long as this is to pass oncoming traffic on the narrow road
|WHAT||Any planes parked on the apron outside the BAE and Eastern Airways hangar and the stored J-41 from different angles.
Outside the fence next to this position the dismantled fuselage and wings of the BAE J-41 prototype are lying in the grass. You can inspect it and take pictures from close angles but please don’t damage anything or take parts as a souvenir
|TIME||Mid-morning to afternoon depending on how the aircraft are parked|
|MISC.||Due to the distance shooting through the fence is ok but a 3-4 step ladder might be useful.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Eastern J41 = 120mm (morning), ~80mm (afternoon) HS Domine = 65mm|
|Spot #2 – GA apron and remote stands|
|WHERE||At the roundabout on the airport entry don’t turn left to the Terminal (first exit) but go straight (2nd exit) onto Franklin way. Instead of turning right for #1 & #2 take the 2nd left into Hall way and drive till the fence. There are parking spaces outside the hangars where you can briefly stop.|
|WHAT||GA apron and parked Eastern aircraft on remote stands|
|TIME||Depending on where aircraft are parked but afternoon is best|
|MISC.||You can shoot through the fence but a 3-4 step ladder is useful.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||EMB 145 95mm Citation 140mm|
|Spot #3 – Terminal Car Park|
|WHERE||At the roundabout on the airport entry turn left to the Terminal (first exit) and park your car at the Terminal car park which is free for 15 minutes.
Walk towards the far back of the car park until you reach the fence.
|WHAT||Arrivals on runway 20 and aircraft backtracking in runway 20 for departure. Also helicopters pass here|
|TIME||Afternoon until sunset.|
|MISC.||You can shoot through the fence but a 3-4 step ladder might be useful.|