Ireland’s Donegal Airport has been named the world’s most beautiful landing spot, by global travel fans.
The private jet booking platform PrivateFly asked the global travel community to name their top landing in its annual survey, with the most votes overall going to the Irish runway, on the country’s northwest Atlantic coast.
Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, comments: “The top ten is an annual bucket list for travel fans, a fascinating mix of global descents to fly in your lifetime. From tiny runways like last year’s winner Saba (the world’s shortest commercial runway) and Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides; to the major cityscapes offered up by London City or Miami International.
“Donegal is extraordinarily beautiful and deservedly sits in the top spot this year. Its rugged coastal landscapes were a location for the recent Star Wars movies, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re in the Millennium Falcon, an airliner, or on a private jet, coming into land here feels like an otherworldly experience.”
One voter commented in support of Donegal: “You fly in low...and sweep out over an emerald sea with the perma-white froth of the Wild Atlantic Way, lashing the many tiny rocky islands in a turquoise sea.” Another praised the “spectacular views of the Atlantic coastline, the beautiful Mount Errigal and a beach which is the most stunning in the world.”
PrivateFly teamed up with a panel of travel and aviation experts to form the shortlist for the public vote, including CNN’s Miquel Ros; Forbes’ Doug Gollan; Robb Report’s Bruce Wallin and travel influencer Tiffany Dowd.
The 2018 Top 10 is as follows:
- Donegal (Ireland)
- Barra (Scotland)
- Nice (France)
- Queenstown (New Zealand)
- Saba (Dutch Caribbean)
- Orlando Melbourne (USA)
- Toronto Billy Bishop (Canada)
- London City (England, UK)
- St Maarten (French/Dutch Caribbean)
- Miami (USA)
To see full details of the results, see Airport Poll Results 2018.
*The PrivateFly Scenic Airports 2018 poll was conducted in February 2018 and received over 8,500 votes. A total of 112 different airports received nominations.
PrivateFly is a global booking platform for private jet charter, making it faster, easier and more cost-effective to compare and book private jets. With over 7000 aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with its team of aviation experts, available 24/7. PrivateFly holds both Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker status, industry best practice accreditations.
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