‘Awe-inspiring’ Donegal – the world’s second most scenic airport approach

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Donegal Airport has the second best scenic approach in the world

Anybody planning a holiday to Ireland this year might want to give special consideration to their journey in to the country – as they could be in for a bonus highlight before their trip has even begun.

That is because if they fly into Donegal they will get a view of the second most scenic airport approach in the world.


That is according to according to the 2017 edition of the annual scenic airports poll by PrivateFly.

PrivateFly is a global booking service for private jet charter and private aircraft hire.

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Their list was made up by a panel of expert judges as well as thousands of travellers from around the world.

There were 120 airports considered for the honour and Donegal came second – losing out only to Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on the tiny Caribbean island of Saba.
Expert judge Adam Twidell said: “I have landed at Donegal many times and the rugged coastline of Ireland’s North West coast is even more awe-inspiring from the air, with the backdrop of Mount Errigal adding to the timeless appeal.”

Top 10 most scenic airport approaches in the world

1. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba
2. Donegal Airport, Ireland
3. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France
4. Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar
5. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
6. London City Airport, United Kingdom
7. Maarten Airport, Caribbean
8. Orlando Melbourne Airport, USA
9. Barra Airport, United Kingdom
10. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada

Not only does Donegal have stunning views on the flight into the airport, it is also a popular starting point for people who wish to take on the world’s longest signposted coastal drive – the stunning Wild Atlantic Way.

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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling