There are views, and then there are views – and these are the airports which make a window seat is a must.
Topping PrivateFly’s list is none other than New Zealand’s own Queenstown Airport, with views of the snow-capped Southern Alps, pristine lakes and national parks welcoming its guests – along with an approach which skirts jagged mountain peaks.
Lucky travellers can spot the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip as they descend into Sin City, which looks all the more impressive at night.
#3: Nice Cote D’Azur Airport, France
Move aside Paris, it’s Nice’s turn to shine. Gateway to the French Riviera, enjoy the views of the sparkling blue water and distant hills, which can sometimes be snow-capped.
#4: Barra Airport, Scotland, UK
As one of the world’s only beach airstrips, the runway here disappears twice per day with the comings and goings of the tide.
#5: Princess Juliana International, Caribbean
Better-known as Sint Maarten Airport on the Dutch side of Saint Martin island, the airport approach here speaks for itself.
#6: Juancho E Yrausquin Airport, Caribbean
Close behind and also from the Caribbean, Saba Airport – one of the most challenging landings a commercial airline pilot can accomplish.
#7: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada
Forget the usual taxi lines,
#8: Gibraltar Airport, UK
Similar to Billy Bishop Airport, Gibraltar Airport is just 500 metres from the city’s centre – but with an interesting twist. One of the island’s main roads actually crosses paths with the runway, so you’ll see motorists waiting to cross as your aircraft arrives.
Heathrow. Gatwick. Two airports that don’t provide London travellers with picturesque views of the River Thames and downtown London as you touch down, which awaits at London City Airport.
Rounding out the top 10 is Cape Town Airport and its view of Table Mountain and False Bay.
Written by Chris Chamberlin from Australian Business Traveller