PrivateFly's 2014 poll revealed the top 10 stunning airport approaches. The shortlist was selected by an expert judging panel. The 10 most scenic airport approaches were voted for by you!
1. Nice Côte d’Azur
"It is SO beautiful. We fly in over the Alps, spectacular in themselves, and then quite suddenly the Mediterranean sea is before us, along with a view of much of the coastline, including, of course, Nice. The approach into Nice is simply the most beautiful in the world!"
"Turquoise waters, red rocks, snow capped mountains, the full range of colours at a glance!"
"Both approaches are great, either over Cap d'Antibes or the tight turn in over the Promenade des Anglais".
The judges said:
Sylvie Peron "Beautiful approach either from North East over the Alps then Monaco or West with the red Esterel mountains on the left and blue Med on the right, then again it means coming home to me. Just love it everytime!"
"Gliding in to a Caribbean island, barely over a beach, with mountains up ahead...doesn't get any better".
"I love how you come in over the water and can see the beaches and people waving just before you touch down. Of course, from the beach you heart beats faster with the excitement of planes arriving as it appears you could almost reach up and touch them!"
"The beauty as you come in with the beach beneath you and the mountains in the background is one you will never see anywhere else".
"Where else in the world can you fly over majestic mountains, stunning coastline and turquoise seas before descending over an historic harbour castle and landing on a large silver sand beach? Totally stunning and totally unique. Nothing comes close".
"Aside from the beautiful sands on the beach runway at Traigh Mhor, Barra, the best thing for me is coming in to land and watching the Highland cattle grazing in the dunes beneath the Twin Otter - completely oblivious to the noise of the engines above them. It really is a sight to behold. Truly unique".
"I found the journey through the beautiful scenery of Scotland was completed with the fabulous beach landing on a scenic island, something I have never experienced elsewhere in the world".
"First you make a complete turn over the entire island. Then you have the ocean and reef islands to your left, beach right beneath you and a cool view of the capital and surfside beach on your right".
"The breathtaking views of the whole island as you make you approach are amazing. The turquoise water is so incredibly beautiful. The cliffs on the north side with the surf hitting against them are postcard perfect. I have been to Aruba 39 times, and my heart still keeps a beat at these views".
"Seeing that beautiful water as you are landing, and the colours of the clay roofs and the green with the blue water is so soothing".
"I have traveled all around the world by plane and without a doubt this is THE most incredible and fascinating landing. The abrupt aerial turn into the airport looking down at that majestic rock and finally onto that incredibly short strip with pedestrians and traffic awaiting to cross the roads, across the runway....unique and INCREDIBLE!"
"The excitement of coming in low over the sea, with views to Africa and across to Spain. Watching the traffic waiting for you to land as you cross the main road".
"Fantastic views of three countries and two continents,never mind the breathtaking view of the famous Rock of Gibraltar!"
The judges said:
Patrick Jephson "Every arrival an adventure, thanks to airspace restrictions and critically-variable winds. And what a dramatic setting - Africa, Europe and The Rock: the antidote to boring bus-stop airline flights."
"It is stunning as you fly up the Howe Sound with the mountains either side of you as you land in the valley of Squamish"
"Simply, there is no place on Earth quite like Squamish. Nestled in the Coast Mountains of BC between Whistler and the Pacific Ocean, its a beauty you must witness to appreciate. Whether seeing a black bear and cubs crossing the runway or you're soaring with the bald eagles (Brackendale = Eagle capital of the world), Squamish is truely a majestic gem".
"It's where the sea meets the sky, nestled in a gorgeous valley at the tip of Canada's southernmost fjord. Snow capped mountains in the Tantalus Range and Howe Sound of the Pacific Ocean provides a rugged backdrop of beauty as you descend from the tops of the mountains to the valley below".
The judges said:
Carol Cork "A sublime arrival in any season, surrounded by banks of pine trees, rivers and mountains. Nature at its best."