Private jet booking platform PrivateFly just released its list of “most scenic airports for landings,” and unsurprisingly to anyone who has ever flown over the verdant Land of Éire, Donegal Airport in Ireland tops the list.
To compile the list, PrivateFly gathered responses from 7,000 participants who nominated airports they believed to be the most scenic. According to Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly, the poll is meant to encourage travelers to not just focus on disembarking and rushing through the airport, but to “stop, take a look through their aircraft window and be awestruck by the joy of flying.” The poll ranked 129 airports around the world, and for the second year in a row, Donegal Airport in north-west Ireland secured the number one spot, thanks to its dramatic surroundings of mountains and beaches.
Of Donegal’s picturesque backdrop, one voter said, “The view is spectacular. Mountains on one side and a beautiful rugged coastline dotted with islands and golden sandy beaches running adjacent to the runway.” Another voter said it was the “most beautiful scenery I ever saw, with the beach on one side with crystal clear water, and Mount Errigal standing tall on the other side.”
The other airports recognized for the aesthetic brilliance are as follows:
2. Barra Airport (Scotland)
3. Nice Airport (France)
4. Orlando Melbourne International Airport (USA)
5. St Maarten (Netherlands Antilles)
6. Saba Airport (Netherlands Antilles)
7. Queenstown Airport (New Zealand)
8. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Canada)
9. London City Airport (England)
10. Aosta Airport (Italy)
People might not start choosing their destinations based on airport landing strips anytime soon, but at least these picturesque airports are getting the recognition they deserve.
H/T: Lonely Planet