I’m sorry but if you’re one of those people who doesn’t possess any real fear of flying but doesn’t make a concerted effort to get a window seat, I’m labeling you as a buzz kill! We cannot understand why these type of airline passengers aren’t more stoked to get to see the world from above, especially when flying into these 10 Airports, voted for as the Most Scenic in 2016 in a poll run by PrivateFly. How many of these have you flown into?
No.10 – London City Airport, England
I know you’re thinking “how could a London airport be cool to fly into, it’s just a field an hour away?!”, and if we were talking about Heathrow or Gatwick you’d be spot on. But this one is different. Approaching London City Airport brings you past the very heart of London, not the suburbs but Canary Wharf, The O2 & Westminster all within a stones throw. It’s quite a sight and once you land, no messing about getting into the City Centre as you’ll get there in >15 minutes. Lovely hurling.
No.9 – Los Angeles International (LAX), USA
Maybe surprisingly the only airport approach in the USA that makes the list so by default this one must be the best? Downtown LA reaches skyward and dazzles in the California sunshine. Depending on your approach you’ll probably see all of the Cali desert, the city of LA & the Pacific which hugs the coastline and as the 3rd busiest airport in the US we can bet many of you have soaked it up.
No.8 – St Maarten Airport, St.Maarten
The first truly exotic destination on the list is in the Caribbean and anyone who has had spent any time on Maho Beach will be arguing that this should be higher. Arriving into St.Maarten you’re greeted with bluer than blue Caribbean sea and with the runaway next door to a public beach, the resulting pictures 100% look photoshopped. We assure you, they’re not.
No.7 – Donegal Airport, Ireland
Ireland makes the list! Hands up how many of you have flown into little Donegal Airport though? Well, next time you visit arguably Ireland’s most beautiful county (they’ll be up in arms in Kerry after that one), leave the car at home at take in the wild Atlantic coast as well as Mt.Errigal. Beautiful.
No.6 – Toronto City Airport, Canada
Anyone who has spent time in Canada will know about the island airport of Toronto. This is almost two separate experiences in your descent, the one hand you have the tranquil beauty of Lake Ontario, the other the dramatic skyline of Toronto complete with the CN Tower & Rogers Center. It’s a smashing sight and chances are you’re about to start your Work in Canada Visa. Even more excitement.
No.5 – Sabo Airport, Sabo
The second entry from the Caribbean is unique as all flights will allow you see your island destination on approach before banking left and down onto the ground. It’s probably worth noting however that Sabo has the World’s Shortest Runway so you’d want to trust your pilot!
No.4 – Barra Airport, Scotland
A previous winner of the poll situated in the Outer Hebridies, Barra is probably another airport too close to home for you to have appreciated just yet. Don’t feel bad about this however as it’s largely seaplanes that land here given that the tidal current actually encroaches the runway making for a pretty surreal landing!
No.3 – Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
Just, wow! The Land of the Long Cloud will genuinely take your breath away on approach to the Southern Island airport of Queenstown. You’ll feel as if Frodo and his mates are enviously watching your descent as you’re surrounded by snow capped peaks, wild rivers and barren tundra that still looks untouched by human hands after all this time. It’s a special journey.
No.2 – Cote D’Azur Airport, France
Anyone who has been in the South of France will notice a smile form across their face at the mention of the Cote D’Azur. Almost surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean, you’ll be still be able to make out the mountains to the north and if you look hard enough, the perfect spot for a glass of vino in the sun after you leave the airport. C’est magnifique!
No.1 – Malta Airport, Malta
The Med scores a 1-2 finish in this year’s PrivateFly.com poll as the rock of Malta is crown the Most Scenic Airport Approach you can take in 2016. While the scenery of Malta and it;s sister islands of Gozo and Comino are a spectacular enough sight, the true beauty of this approach is at sunset or sunrise. If you end up getting emotional, don’t come crying to us. Just pretend you hit yourself in the eye with the seat belt or something.
So there you have it, this year’s Top 10. How many have you flown into so far? How many will you before the year is out? USIT Travel offer packages globally all year round and you better believe these approaches are included. Email email@example.com for details.