Brussels Airport goes AvGeek: Spotter platforms (hopefully) coming soon

Want to watch the planes come and go at Brussels Airport? Local authorities seem inclined to help out with that effort, announcing this week that they will build a pair of spotter platforms. The new platforms will be elevated to allow passengers unobstructed views and will also include information about the airport.

Since there are currently no regulated locations for spotters in the municipalities around the airport, Brussels Airport has, in consultation with spotters and neighbouring municipalities, looked for nearby places that meet both the wishes of the spotters and the provisions for security and safety. Brussels Airport has identified two places where a spotter area can and will be built. Brussels Airport Company will shortly submit a permit application and, if the application is successful, the construction of the spotter places can begin this year.

So maybe the locals will protest and reject the idea of being welcoming to the plane spotter community. Which would be a shame. I got to visit a similar spotting area at Manchester, UK last summer and it was great. The part where most US airports are actively antagonistic towards folks watching the planes (typically under the ridiculous, myopic and misguided guise of “security”) makes me jealous of these airports that get it right.

Got a favorite spotting location worth sharing? Preferably one that won’t get me yelled at when I show up.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Auckland airport in New Zealand the car park opposite the domestic terminal. You have a full view of the runway. Of course In & out burgers at LAX is my other favorite place for plane spotting

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