Book that window seat: The Top 10 Scenic Airports 2019 revealed

  • Travel fans and experts reveal their favourite airport landing views in PrivateFly poll
  • Top 10 includes cityscapes, mountain runways & coastal descents from around the world
  • Ireland’s Donegal is ranked at number one, for the second time

While ‘window or aisle’ may be a matter of debate on many flights, certain destinations demand an uninterrupted view on landing. And the world’s most window seat-worthy runways are now revealed, in PrivateFly’s annual Scenic Airports poll, voted for by travel fans and experts.

Adam Twidell, CEO of private jet booking service PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, comments:

“Some airports offer an aerial view that becomes reason enough to visit in itself – never mind what attractions await on the ground.

“Our Scenic Airports poll presents a bucket list for travel fans, offering a mix of global descents to tick off in your lifetime. Some of these destinations are rapidly acquiring iconic status with aviation enthusiasts as a result.”

PrivateFly teamed up with a panel of travel experts to form the shortlist before the public vote, including travel writers Nigel Tisdall and Francesca Street; and aviation experts Johnny Jet and Doug Gollan.

The 2019 top ten is as follows:

  1. Donegal (Ireland)
  2. Barra (Scotland, UK)
  3. Nice (France)
  4. Orlando Melbourne (USA)
  5. St Maarten (French/Dutch Caribbean)
  6. Saba (Dutch Caribbean)
  7. Queenstown (New Zealand)
  8. Toronto Billy Bishop (Canada)
  9. London City (England, UK)
  10. Aosta (Italy)

The most votes overall went to Ireland’s Donegal Airport, on the country’s northwest Atlantic coast, which claims the number one spot for the second year. Twidell continues: “Donegal’s rugged coastal landscapes are truly awe-inspiring as you come into land. There is simply nowhere else like it, and its popularity with global travellers is clear.” 

One voter commented in support of Donegal: “The view is spectacular! Mountains on one side and a beautiful rugged coastline dotted with islands and golden sandy beaches running adjacent to the runway.” Another said "there is nowhere as lovely as the wild rugged beauty of unspoiled Donegal.” 

Anne Bonner, Managing Director of Donegal Airport comments as follows: “We are delighted to retain this acclaim as the ‘World’s Most Scenic Airport Landing 2019’, having been voted No. 1 airport landing for the second year running. It is indeed a great endorsement from the travelling public and aviation/travel experts. Donegal airport is located in the heart of the Northern Headlands in Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – now top of the world’s places to visit”.


About PrivateFly:

PrivateFly is a leading booking platform for on-demand private jet charter and part of Directional Aviation's OneSky group of companies. With over 7000 aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with a team of aviation experts, available 24/7 - making it faster and easier to arrange a private jet, wherever and whenever you want to fly.

PrivateFly holds Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker best practice accreditations and is a preferred partner of Virtuoso, the world's leading luxury travel network. Established in 2008 and with its UK head office in St Albans and a US office in South Florida, the company’s fast growth has been recognised by a number of award programs including the Financial Times FT1000, The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and SME Export Track 100.

For further information, images or an interview please contact: 

Viv Diprose, PrivateFly

T: +44 (0)7931 624864


Katrina Suppiah, Publicité Ltd

T: +44 (0)20 8543 6582


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