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Donegal wins ‘most beautiful airport’ - again!

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Donegal in Ireland has been named as the ‘world’s most beautiful airport 2020’ – for the third successive year – in a major vote by more than six thousand ‘flying fans’. The award is given as part of the annual Scenic Airports poll conducted by private jet booking service Privatefly.

Coming in second place was Msembe Airstrip in Tanzania, which serves the breath-taking and protected Ruaha National Park in East Africa. Skiathos (Alexandros Papadiaman­tis) Airport in Greece came third, offering stunning views of the island of Skiathos in the Aegean Sea.

For the first time the poll also revealed the highest-ranked airports by region, from Europe to North America, South America, Central America & the Caribbean, Asia, Africa & the Middle East and Australasi­a.

Adam Twidell, Privatefly CEO, said: “Many of us have flown less frequently this year, but these ultimate destinatio­n landings are a welcome reminder of the uplifting power of travel and aviation - and a jaw dropping inspiratio­n for some memorable future flights. Flying offers the ultimate ringside seat to some of the most incredible views to be seen anywhere around the world.

“Our top ten list for 2020 has been compiled following submission­s from aviation enthusiast­s around the world, eager to celebrate the most beautiful aerial views from window seats and flight decks, with Donegal deemed unbeatable for the third year in a row.”

In comments submitted as part of the award, voters praised Donegal’s “stunning varied scenery”, its “beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the airport” and the sweeping views of Mount Errigal and The Rosses on the approach. Voted fifth most beautiful airfield in the world, Barra airport in Scotland also made the top ten list, the only other European aerodrome besides Donegal and Skiathos to do so.

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