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KDTW Spotting Guide

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport- DTW Spotting Guide

Here you will find information about aircraft spotting at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (IATA: DTW, ICAO: KDTW), usually called Detroit Metro Airport, Metro Airport locally, or simply DTW, is a major international airport in the United States covering 6,700-acres in Romulus, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It is Michigan’s busiest airport and one of the world’s largest air transportation hubs.

The airport serves as an operational headquarters for Delta Air Lines and is Delta’s second busiest hub. Delta, along with SkyTeam partner Air France, occupy the McNamara Terminal, which contains both domestic and international gates and serves as the airline’s primary gateway to Asia and its third-busiest gateway to Europe. The airport is a major gateway for tourism in metropolitan Detroit. The airport is one of SkyTeam’s major Midwestern hubs. It is the second-largest base for Spirit Airlines where the airline was founded and once operated its largest base.

Operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, the airport is one of the nation’s most-recently expanded and modernized airports, with six major runways, two terminals, 145 in-service gates, and an on-site Westin Hotel and conference center. The McNamara Terminal Concourse A is the world’s second-longest airport terminal building at 1 mi (1.6 km). It is just surpassed by the 1.06 mi (1.71 km) long Kansai International Airport (Beijing Capital Airport’s Terminal 3, which opened in 2008 with a total length of 1.8 miles, is actually three, separate structures linked together by underground connectors).


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Click the ICONS in the map for more information/photos/directions. Guide to map icons:


Click the camera icon for spotting/info/directions around Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
Click the Food/Drink! icon for food. Spotting sometimes requires a lot of time out in the sun. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and get food when you need it. I usually bring a cooler with water. More food locations can be found by following this Google map link: https://g.co/maps/2ab9d
Click the Gas icon for gas. Most have convenience stores as well. More gas stations around KDTW can be found by following this Google map link: https://g.co/maps/2etyq
Click the Hotel icon for a place to stay if you are going to be here overnight. More hotels around KDTW can be found by following this Google map link: https://g.co/maps/nduh8

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