AN IRISH airport has been voted as one of the world’s most scenic airport approaches.
Donegal Airport was ranked in the top 10 in a global poll of travel experts and fans, out of 115 different airports around the world.
Thousands of people voted on a shortlist that was chosen by a panel of experts – with Malta International Airport topping the list.
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The survey – conducted by private jet booking service PrivateFly – ranked seventh-placed Donegal Airport ahead of London City, Los Angeles LAX and St Maarten in the Caribbean.
Voters said of Donegal Airport: “You arrive in the Emerald Isle adjacent to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; Carrickfinn with a backdrop of the majestic Mount Errigal on one side and an array of craggy islands on the other. Though clear turquoise blue sea is just a bonus on a sunny day.”
The airport was opened in 1986, having replaced the green runway with tarmac, with a new terminal built in the 1990s.
PrivateFly’s 10 Best Scenic Airport Landings:
— Maltairport (@Maltairport) 19 April 2016
1. Malta International Airport, Malta
2. Nice Cote D’Azur Airport, France
3. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
— Barra Airport (@BRRAirport) 2 April 2016
4. Barra Airport, Scotland, UK
5. Saba Airport (Juancho E Yrausquin), Caribbean
— Norm Kelly (@norm) 19 April 2016
6. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada
7. Donegal Airport, Ireland
8. St Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International), Caribbean
— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) 20 April 2016