Friday, 29 April 2016

Malta tops list of world's best 10 scenic airport landings

It's like flying into a Picasso painting.’ 

#MALTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT has topped a global poll of the world's most scenic landings.

Jet booking service PrivateFly asked a panel of international travel experts and frequent travellers for their most scenic airport approaches. One panel member commented: ‘Landing on this gem in the Mediterranean sea is not to be missed! The islands of Malta and Gozo fit into your window... the sea, the blue skies, the landscape, the greenery, the cities, the temples, and all the colours that this beautiful island has to offer. Beats any landing by far!’

Ex-New York Times travel writer Joe Sharkey said: ‘Approached from a churning blue sea, the tiny, isolated rocky island nation suddenly appears and you immediately understand Malta's strategic geo-political importance for literally millennia by sea and later air in the middle of the Mediterranean.’

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, said: ‘PrivateFly's poll has become an annual checklist for the well-travelled, and this year's voting was the most competitive yet. The 2016 top ten includes perennial favourites such as the imposing city views of Los Angeles and London City, the stunning mountain scenery of Queenstown; the tiny island airstrip of Saba in the Caribbean (the world's shortest commercial runway); and the unique beach landing at Barra in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.

‘Flying into Malta is a truly special experience – it's a tiny island landing that packs a big punch. There is so much to take in. Without being hectic, the landscape changes from coast, to farmland to the historic city of Valletta. It's like flying into a Picasso painting.’

The full top 10:

1. Malta International Airport

2. Nice Cote D'Azur Airport, France

3. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

4. Barra Airport, Scotland

5. Saba Airport, Caribbean

6. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada

7. Donegal Airport, Ireland

8. St Maarten Airport, Caribbean

9. Los Angeles International Airport, US

10. London City Airport, UK

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