The list: Runaway runways
Private jet company Private Fly has done a bit of a public poll on a shortlist drawn up by travel experts and come up with a new rundown of “bucket list” landings. Amazingly, the airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, where planes land terrifyingly low over the heads of sunbathers on the beach, was only in ninth place. So which runways were ranked the most scenic?
5 Saba: Special pilot training is required to land on the runway on this Caribbean island as it’s one of the shortest in the world and, oh my god, it’s on a cliff.
4 Queenstown: The New Zealand airport is home to highly YouTube-able landings involving snow-topped mountains, fluffy clouds and serene waters.
3 Nice: The approach to the French city is a frequent award-winner thanks to its Alpine-Mediterranean double-whammy.
2 Barra: The island beach in the Scottish Outer Hebrides was first licensed as an airport in 1936. Don’t pin your hopes on a Burger King.
1 Donegal: “You fly in low,” said one voter, “and sweep out over an emerald sea with the perma-white froth of the Wild Atlantic Way, lashing the many tiny rocky islands in a turquoise sea.”