Planning a trip to London for Febrary Next year and I've been to Heathrow twice (Going on 23rd June as Well) but I was wondering about Gatwick because they have Air Nigeria, Hong Kong Airlines and soon to be Carribeian Airlines. I was wondering if there were any plans for an Observation Deck. I've written to BAA before about LHR
but now Gatwicks got new owners are there any more plans??
Gatwick is a tough location to spot at. Unfortunately our resident Gatwick expert is on holiday at the moment, as he does occasionally go down there. However Mark finds security is constantly moving spotters on which makes the place a waste of time and effort.
Gatwick has no spotter facilities and is unlikely to spend money on providing them. That is why the Plane-Mad guide gives no specifics concerning where to visit. It must be the most spotter-unfriendly airport in Britain.
For me, and only if you can get dropped off or you can find a cheaper place to park the multi storey car park is where i would go, but this is nothing compared to alternative airports
'Spotter-unfriendly' (quoting whitehatter) - damn right! It's a horribly frustrating place to spot. The only opportunities are if you're going on your Hols but then you're shooting through glass. Or of course the Long Stay Car Parks (well only really Long Stay South) where I have randomly ended up waiting for the shuttle. You can catch them on very short finals. I don't know what it costs minimum or if someone might move you on.
The lengths you have to go to it's just not worth the bother. I did find a country road one time but thinking back it was rubbish. Returned to Myrtle where it was safe and warm.
Quoting aceebee, from a previous post
It's a horribly frustrating place to spot.
That probably explains why, out of nearly 40,000 photos on P-M, only 173 have been taken at LGW
(and, of those, 14 are black and white!).
Hi, yep this is my local but i often travel to Heathrow now. I used to get moved on more when BAA owned it but part of the fence where i used to poke the lens through now has that "crash barrier?" board up again to prevent runway shots.
Its ok for planes flying over to land on 26L and there is a place on the 08R end but a car is required as the bus runs every 3 hours and i got stuck once and had to pay £20 for a taxi back to Crawley!
Best to stick to our good friend nearby which is Heathrow, its worth the extra 2 hours travel for better locations and photos.
I forgot to mention, the "Skyview Terrace" closed 8 years ago in April 2004, but by then the Sattelite pier had half been bricked from view so only stands 31 to 34 could be seen plus the main pier had been bricked off and also the runway itself hidden from view and it was backlit during the afternoon so not the best spot anyway but i did like the cafe and shop full of aviation goodies which is long gone sadly.
Looks like we had it easy in the old days (60s) inside a nice view when weather was bad and outside on a pier lovely jubbly..