Take-off and landing over the blue ocean at St Maarten

Wow – The Most Scenic Airport Landings In The World Are…

Take-off and landing over the blue ocean at St Maarten
Take-off and landing over the blue ocean at St Maarten (photo credit: PrivateFly.com).

International experts and travel fans have chosen their most scenic airport landings, with some of the best being described with such terms as, “sublime beauty”, “turquoise waters, red rocks, snow capped mountains”, and “amazing views of the French Riviera”. So, what can top?

Well the Nice Côte D’Azur Airport has topped this global poll of the world’s most scenic airport landings*, conducted by the private jet booking service, PrivateFly.com.

Major names in the travel industry helped form the 2014 shortlist for the public vote including Bill Prince, deputy editor of GQ magazine; Murdo Morrison, editor of Flight International; David Scowsill, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council; and Patrick Jephson – author, pilot and former equerry to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Judge Sylvie Peron, editor of aviation magazine, Altitudes Europe, nominated Nice, commenting: “Beautiful approach either from North East over the Alps then Monaco or West with the red Esterel mountains on the left and blue Med on the right”.

Previous winners of the annual poll include St Maarten in the Caribbean (2013) and Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides (2012).

The full top ten is as follows:

  1. Nice Côte D’Azur, France
  2. St Maarten, French Caribbean
  3. Barra, Scotland, UK
  4. Los Angeles LAX, USA
  5. Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
  6. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  7. Gibraltar, UK overseas territory
  8. Squamish, Canada
  9. London City, UK
  10. Queenstown, New Zealand

Do you agree, and have you landed somewhere amazing? Tell us in the comment box below.

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One thought on “Wow – The Most Scenic Airport Landings In The World Are…

  1. I’ve landed on Easter Island. The views on approach are mostly of endless ocean, but the feeling of landing on the most remote airfield on Earth is quite unique.

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