Sorry Queenstown, this is the world’s most scenic airport landing – Stuff.co.nz

Posted: September 18, 2020 at 1:08 am

For the third year running, a small Irish airport has been named the most scenic place to land in the world.

Donegal Airport, in the northwest of the country, has been voted the prettiest by more than 6000 aviation enthusiasts and frequent flyers in a poll run by booking company PrivateFly.

The airport has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, and hugs the rugged coastline.

One voter said: Stunning varied scenery including mountains sea and beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the airport and beyond throughout the whole of county Donegal. Exceptionally friendly and welcoming people to greet you on arrival."

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Donegal Airport in the northwest of Ireland.

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In second place came Msembe Airstrip in Tanzania, which is situated at the middle of the biggest national park where the adventure begins by air when approaching the beautiful forest.

Third place was the Greek island of Skiathos, with Scotlands Barra Airport and Bora Bora in French Polynesia rounding out the top 5.

No New Zealand airports made the top 10, however, in the Australasia region, Queenstown finished third behind Bora Bora and Fijis Nadi. Auckland was sixth, with Whngrei Airport in eighth.

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Msembe Airstrip in Tanzania.

Worlds most scenic airport approaches:

1. Donegal Airport, Ireland

2. Msembe Airstrip, Tanzania

3. Skiathos (Alexandros Papadiamantis) Airport, Greece

4. Orlando (Melbourne) International Airport, Florida, US

5. Barra Airport, Scotland

6. Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport, French Polynesia

7. St Maarten (Princess Juliana) International Airport, St Maarten

8. Praslin Island Airport, Seychelles

9. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates

10. Nadi International Airport, Fiji

Australasia:

1. Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport, French Polynesia

2. Nadi International Airport, Fiji

3. Queenstown Airport

4. Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, Australia

5. Hamilton Island (Great Barrier Reef) Airport, Australia

6. Auckland International Airport

7. Tahiti (Fa'a') International Airport, French Polynesia

8. Whngrei Airport

9. Aitutaki Airport, Cook Islands

10. Broome International Airport, Australia

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