MOSTLY A CARGO AIRPORT.
Ostend Airport, situated on the Belgian coast, can still be an interesting place for aircraft spotting in Europe. As mainly a cargo charter airport, non-common aircraft can be seen from time to time. Rare colours by tradition have attracted always a lot of aircraft spotters and photographers.
Besides the regular cargo operations of EGYPTAIR with A300F, and based carrier MKA Airlines with B747F, frequent visitors of Ostend-Bruges Airport are SAUDIA CARGO with B747F, GEMINI AIR CARGO with DC10 . VOLGA DNEPR and ANTONOV DESIGN BUREAU with AN124
MKA Airlines, one of the fastest growning cargo airlines in the African region, has their European base in Ostend-Bruges. So frequently their B742F's can be seen in the Ostend skies.
During this summer period all major Belgian touroperators are operating passengers charters to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands holiday resorts, using B737's or A320's from JETAIRFLY and THOMAS COOK. FUTURA is again operating the TUI flights. Aso the Turkish charter airliners SKY, PEGASUS and FREEBIRD also are operating a program to some holiday resorts in Turkey. HELLAS JET is flying to Heraklion Greece.
The airport authorities are providing up to date flightinformation in the terminal, which is available on the VRT teletext service and also on the internet (follow actual flight info button on my website).
Ostend maybe became less attrative for aircraft spotters when the "good smooky oldies" were banned, but the airport can still be an interesting place if you have a little luck with the adhoc arrivals. The negative point is that there are practical no facilities for spotters in the terminal building. The public terraces are closed, but fortunately a lot of places along the runway are "spotting- minded".
To keep this fine places open for spotters, don't give the authorities reasons to restrict them. STAY BEHIND THE FENCES AT ALL TIME.
Finally, you maybe will not believe it, but in Belgium it's forbidden to listen to ATC traffic ... and to use scanners.
Last update :15/07/2007