The list: Run­away run­ways

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS INTERVIEW -

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.”

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