World's Best 10 Scenic Airport Landings
Malta International Airport has topped a global poll of the world's most scenic landings*, conducted by the private jet booking service PrivateFly.
The company asked a panel of international travel experts and travel fans for their most scenic airport approaches in its annual survey, with the most votes this year going to the small European island airport.
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LANDING AT MALTA AIRPORT
One voter commented about the experience of landing at Malta Airport: “Landing on this gem in the Mediterranean sea is not to be missed! The islands of Malta and Gozo fit into your window...the sea, the blue skies, the landscape, the greenery, the cities, the temples, and all the colours that this beautiful island has to offer. Beats any landing by far!”
A panel of major names in the travel industry formed the shortlist for the public vote, including former New York Times travel writer Joe Sharkey. About landing at Malta Airport, he commented: "Approached from a churning blue sea; the tiny, isolated rocky island nation suddenly appears and you immediately understand Malta's strategic geo-political importance for literally millennia by sea and later air in the middle of the Mediterranean."
OF THE WORLD'S MOST SCENIC AIRPORT LANDINGS
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Previous winners of the annual poll include:
Nice Cote D'Azur
St Maarten in the Caribbean
Barra in Scotland's Outer Hebrides
Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, comments: “PrivateFly's poll has become an annual checklist for the well-travelled, and this year's voting was the most competitive yet."
THE WORLD'S MOST SCENIC AIRPORT LANDINGS
The other 2016 most scenic airport landings in the world are:
The tiny island airstrip of Saba in the Caribbean
(the world's shortest commercial runway)
The unique beach landing at Barra
in Scotland's Outer Hebrides
The remote and rugged Donegal
in north west Ireland
FLYING INTO MALTA
Adam Twiddle, CEO of PrivateFly added: “Flying into Malta is a truly special experience - it's a tiny island landing that packs a big punch. There is so much to take in. Without being hectic, the landscape changes from coast, to farmland to the historic city of Valletta. It's like flying into a Picasso painting.”