World's 10 most stunning airport approaches

Malta has topped a global survey of the world's most scenic airport approaches


News Desk May 01, 2016
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Airport approaches in certain cities of the world are not just mere runways on vast strips of empty land.

In fact, some airports have the most scenic approaches which will make you fall in love with the city even before you land and Malta is one such place.

Malta has topped a global survey of the world's most scenic airport approaches, conducted by PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters.

"Flying into Malta is a truly special experience," said Adam Twidell, PrivateFly CEO and an experienced pilot. "It's a tiny island landing that packs a big punch."

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The PrivateFly Best Airport Approaches 2016 poll was conducted in February and March of this year and received more than 7,500 individual votes. "PrivateFly's poll has become an annual checklist for the well-traveled, and this year's voting was the most competitive yet," Twidell said.

"The 2016 top ten includes the imposing city views of Los Angeles and London City; the stunning mountain scenery of Queenstown; the tiny island airstrip of Saba in the Caribbean [the world's shortest commercial runway]; and the unique beach landing at Barra in Scotland's Outer Hebrides."

Here are the 10 most stunning approaches according to the survey:

1. Malta Airport, Malta

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2. Nice Cote D'Azur Airport, France

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3. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

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4. Barra Airport, Scotland, UK

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5. Saba Airport (Juancho E Yrausquin), Caribbean Netherlands

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6. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada

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7. Donegal Airport, Ireland

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

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9. Los Angeles International Airport, California

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10. London City Airport, UK

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COMMENTS (2)

Khilari | 5 years ago | Reply London city airport is in fact by the River Thames virtually on it. I live near it and even on the ground its stunning.
Shakil Ahmed | 5 years ago | Reply Really? your definition of stunning runway next to water?
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