World’s 10 most scenic airport approaches for 2018

CNN  — 

It’s official: Small is beautiful.

But whether you’re landing a fictional starship or a Boeing 747, Donegal Airport is a spectacular landing strip – and now it’s been crowned the world’s most scenic airport approach by PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters.

The world’s shortest commercial runway, a 400-meter-long strip at Juancho E Irausquin Airport on the Carribbean island of Saba, has been named the world’s most scenic airport approach in a global survey conducted by PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters.

The top ten also includes the sandy beauty of Barra Airport on the Isle of Barra in Scotland’s incredible Outer Hebrides.

“Flying into Saba is extraordinary,” says Adam Twidell, PrivateFly CEO and an experienced pilot. “You approach the mountainous island towering out of the sea, to see an impossibly tiny runway appear perched on a cliff.”

A panel of travel experts and aviation fans took part in the annual poll, which this year received more than 8,000 individual votes for a total of 122 global airports.

Other highlights include the picture-perfect cityscape afforded by descending into London City airport and the sun-bleached, Mediterranean beauty of Nice Cote d’Azur.

Here’s where you should be grabbing a window seat in 2017:

10 most scenic airport landings, according to PrivateFly

1. Saba (Juancho E Yrausquin Airport), Dutch Caribbean

2. Donegal Airport, Ireland

3. Nice Cote d’Azur, France

5. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

5. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba, Dutch Caribbean

6. London City Airport, UK

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

8. Orlando Melbourne Airport, USA

9. Barra Airport, Scotland, UK

10. Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, US