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Experience airport operations in real time –for spotters and aviation

Watch the aircraft and immerse yourself in all the action at the airport – useful information for plane spotters and aircraft fans.

Activate spotter mode - don't miss any of the action

Activate spotter mode in your personal profile to receive additional information about flights, such as aircraft type. What’s more, all flights taking off and landing at Zurich Airport are visible on the flight schedule.

Activate spotter mode

For a more in-depth insight into the exciting world of aviation, activate spotter mode now.

The best spotter sites

You’ll find the best spotter sites and additional information about the airport and air traffic on our spotter map.

In addition, you can use our links to the flight schedule, live aeronautical radio and flight radar, as well as the course of the sun, to make sure you're in the right place at the right time (see links below).

Observation decks B and E

Emirates airplane

Observation deck B in the public area offers you an unobstructed view of runway 16/34 and aircraft stands Alpha and Bravo. From here, you get the best view of all aircraft taking off and landing. You can also watch the handling process close up.

Observation deck E in the passenger zone near Dock E offers you a perfect panorama of runway 16/34, aircraft taxiing on runway 14, Dock A and the stand for the impressive A380 at Gate E67. You can also get a closer view of air traffic on runway 28.

Spotter's hill in the west

Swiss airplane is taking off

At 4 metres high in the western part of the airport premises, spotter's hill gives you an unobstructed view of the intersection of runways 10/28 and 16/34, the Airside Center and Docks A, B and E.

In addition, peepholes in the fence allow a good view of the air traffic and the helicopters parked at the heliport, as well as the aircraft parked on the Whiskey stands. 

The nearby «Heligrill» food helicopter provides refreshments.

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Spotter points in the north

Korean Air is taking off

Spotter point 1

This perspective from the north-west of the airport alongside runway 16/34 gives you a view of landings on runway 14 and take-offs on and line-ups for runway 16. A little further away is runway 14/32, where you can sometimes see take-offs on runway 32.

Note for photographers: we recommend taking a ladder.


Spotter points 2, 3 and 4

Most of the air traffic can be seen at the upper end of runways 14 and 16. This is where you'll find spotter points 2, 3 and 4.

If the weather is good, you can see the full length of runways 16/34 and 14/32 from here – including line-ups for runway 16. There are also plenty of parking spaces and various snack stands there.

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Spotter point in the east

Take off of Swiss airplane

Spotter point 5

At the beginning of runway 28, you can enjoy a fabulous view of runway 10/28. Depending on the approach plan, the aircraft fly directly over the spotter point, giving you the opportunity to take spectacular shots of the aircraft coming in above the runway lighting.

If there is a north-easterly wind, runway 10 is used for take-offs. In this case, this spot is perfect for getting shots of the aircraft from the front as they take off.

Note for photographers: we recommend taking a ladder when photographing departing aircraft.

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Spotter point in the south

Airplane in the dusk

Spotter point 6

This point offers an excellent frontal view of aircraft taking off on runway 16. In the morning and evening, you can watch landings on runway 34. It is also possible to view interesting aircraft parked on the Tango stands, ready for maintenance at SR Technics.

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Spotter at Zurich Airport

Something for spotter association members!

The Airside Foto Zürich association offers association members exciting photo tours on the airport premises.

Go to Airside Foto Zürich (German only)
  • By car and cars taller than 2 metres
  • By minibus and coach (pdf, 1.5 MB / German only)
  • By train, tram or bus

Contact from Monday to Friday

Our Visitor Services & Events Team will be happy to help you.

  • +41 43 816 21 56
  • visitorservices@zurich-airport.com

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