Publish date: 15th September 2020
Donegal Airport has been named as the world’s most beautiful airport 2020 – for the third successive year – in a major vote by more than 6,000 flying fans.
Image © Donegal Airport, www.donegalairport.ie
The results of the annual Scenic Airports poll by private jet booking service PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company, come in an uplifting reminder of the joys of flying, as aviation has one of its most challenging years on record due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Set in a ruggedly beautiful location amid an untouched landscape, Donegal was voted into the top spot. 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, glittering 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.
More than 6,000 frequent flyers, flight enthusiasts and aviation geeks took part in this year’s poll, with voting taking place in February and March this year, just before widespread travel restrictions to counter COVID-19 were introduced across the globe.
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 globe, 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.”
Voters praised Donegal’s “stunning varied scenery”, its “beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the airport” and the sweeping views of Errigal Mountain and The Rosses on the approach.
Steve O‘Culain, Chairman of Donegal Airport added: "We're delighted to receive this recognition for the third year. And when they can, we hope more travellers will come and share this beautiful part of the world with us, located in the Gaelic speaking Donegal Gaeltacht on the Wild Atlantic Way. Beidh míle fáilte romhaibh!"
Top ten list of the World’s Most Scenic Airports 2020:
1. Donegal Airport, Ireland
2. Msembe Airstrip, Tanzania
3. Skiathos (Alexandros Papadiamantis) Airport, Greece
4. Orlando (Melbourne) International Airport, USA
5. Barra Airport, Scotland
6. Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport, French Polynesia
7. St Maarten (Princess Juliana) International Airport. St Maarten
8. Praslin Island Airport, Seychelles
9. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates
10. Nadi International Airport, Fiji
Image: Donegal Airport © Owen Clarke
For full details of the top ten results please visit: www.privatefly.com/airport-poll/privatefly-airport-poll-results-2020.html
For the regional rankings visit: www.privatefly.com/airport-poll/privatefly-airport-poll-regional-results.html
Fly into the World's Most Scenic Airport: www.donegalairport.ie
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