The 12 Best Airports For Spotting Airbus A380s

Want to catch the Airbus A380 but not sure where to look? That’s not an issue thanks to a wonderful tool created by Airbus, lists every destination flown to by each Airbus A380 operator. Surprisingly, there is an awful lot of overlap. In fact, 19 different cities have three or more Airbus A380 operators present. 12 have five or more. Simple Flying has collated the top 12 in order of its number of operators.

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Which airports have the biggest variety of Airbus A380s? Photo: adueck from Pixabay

12. Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. The city plays host to the Thai Airways Airbus A380 fleet, meaning that there will be lots of purple to be seen. The city also welcomes A380s from Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, and Qatar.

11. Melbourne

Melbourne is one of two airports which acts as a Qantas A380 hub besides Sydney. While Qantas only operates three routes from Melbourne, the airport has five carriers. In addition to the flag carrier of Australia, these are Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, and Singapore.

10. Seoul

Seoul plays host to two airlines from Korea, Korean Airlines and Asiana Airlines. These two airlines are joined in Seoul by three more A380 carriers, Emirates, Etihad, and Lufthansa.


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Two airlines base A380s in Seoul. Photo: Hyeonwoo Noh via Wikimedia

9. Tokyo

Our last city welcoming A380s from five different operators is Tokyo. In fact, this is one of the best as it is one of two airports where you can see ANA’s flying Honu liveried A380. Also flying to Tokyo are Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Singapore, and Thai.

8. Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport is the capital of German Aviation. As such, it is no surprise that the airport is the most popular in Germany for its variety of A380 operators. Lufthansa uses Frankfurt as one of two hubs for the Airbus A380. Joining the German flag carrier are Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Qatar, Singapore, and Thai.

7. New York

New York comes in at number seven, also having six operators. If you include the Hi Fly A380 which is sometimes in New York for Norwegian, you could call it seven. New York plays host to Airbus A380s from Air France, Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, and Lufthansa.

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Emirates is one of six airlines operating the A380 to New York. Photo: Carl Johnson from Pixabay

6. Singapore

Singapore is another Airbus A380 base. It is used for Singapore Airlines’ aircraft. However, five other operators also fly to the airport. These are Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, and Qantas.

5. Sydney

Last but not least in our list of airports with six carriers in Sydney. Sidney Airport is host to the remainder of Qantas’ fleet which is not at Melbourne. Also flying to Sydney with the A380 are Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.

4. Paris

Paris, the capital city of France, is home to the French Flag carrier Air France. However, alongside, Air France, six more airlines use the airport for Airbus A380 flights. These airlines are Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Qatar, Singapore, and Thai.

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Seven operators fly the A380 to Paris. Image by nms-enns0 from Pixabay

3. Hong Kong

We’re now into the final three, meaning that every airport from this point on has at least eight Airbus A380 operators utilising their airport. Hong Kong airport has recently seen some unrest due to ongoing protests. However, the airline is also a key A380 hub. Flying the A380 to Hong Kong are Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, and Singapore.

2. Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is a great city to spot the A380 from, it falls just short the winner with eight operators of the Airbus A380. Those flying the A380 into Los Angeles are Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, China Southern, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, and Qantas.

1. London

You’ve made it to the end of the list and deserve a real treat. London Heathrow airport welcomes A380s from nine out of 15 Airbus A380 operators. British Airways A380s are always at Heathrow, seeing as it is their home. However, other airlines flying to Heathrow are Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, and Thai.

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London has the biggest variety of Airbus A380 aircaft. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

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