Top 10 Airport Approaches 2011
In November 2011 we asked passengers, pilots and passionate flyers to tell us their favourite airport approach.
We received an overwhelming response, with voters choosing a total of 79 different airports across the world offering a diverse range of stunning views on approach - glittering cityscapes, jaw-dropping mountain views or awe-inspiring approaches over the sea.
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Airport Approaches 2013
We updated our Airport Approaches poll for 2013. See which airports made it into our top 10 airport approaches in 2013.
Airport Approaches 2011
The votes have been counted and your 2011 top 10 airport approaches are:
- BARRA AIRPORT, on the Isle of Barra in Scotland
- London City Airport, in London's Docklands area
- Jackson Hole Airport, in Wyoming, USA
- Aruba Airport, on the Caribbean Island of Aruba
- Male Airport, on Hulhulé Island in the Maldives
- St Barts Airport, on Saint Barthélemy
- Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand
- Gibraltar, on Gibraltar on the Iberian Peninsula
- Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes, in the Arctic Circle, Norway
- St Maarten, on the Caribbean Island of Saint Maarten
We ran our favourite airport approaches poll again in 2013 - see which airports moved into our top 10 airport approaches in 2013.
Barra's unique beach runway, which is only accessible at low tide, inspired pilots and passengers alike to vote for Barra Airport as your number one favourite airport approach.
"Beautiful scenery and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to land on a beach"
"Spectacular approach over beautiful islands, soft landing on the beach of white shells, taxiing up to the tiny terminal and then realising the whole island breathes to the rhythm of the tide, as you can only land at low tide so the bus, the post-office and the shops open after the plane has landed with mail, people and newspapers."
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"From the East you get to see the Thames estuary from QE2 bridge to Silvertown. From the West your approach is over Canary Wharf and you may see Westminster, London Eye, Tower Bridge, St. Pauls"
"At night, especially, no matter what time of year, the lights shining over some of the most iconic buildings in the world make it feel like Christmas!"
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"The Grand Tetons are the most spectacular mountain range you will ever see in your lifetime and you get to see them up close and personal when you fly into Jackson Hole. Sunset arrivals and departures and even more amazing!"
"The stunning mountain and Snake River views knowing you on the edge of Yellowstone National Park combined with the spectacular look at the Tetons make this a very special approach."
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"The view of the sea, beaches and downtown Oranjestad is amazing."
"I love Aruba's airport because once you've landed in paradise, you are welcomed "home" with open arms by the people of the island. Nothing compares."
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5. Malé Airport
"It is an Island Airport, on its own island..The airport is surrounded by deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees..."
"approaching over the Maldivian Atolls where you often see turtles and dolphins on approach."
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"It's exciting, invigorating, and when you land, you're on St Barth."
"It will take you breath away, it's like landing on an aircraft carrier."
"Exciting, amazing views and I know I am on the best island in the Caribbean!"
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"The stunning low level approach brushes past the Great Southern ALPS, you are able to see people skiing as you fly in. Simply beautiful"
"Absolutely spectacular flying in over the mountains, lake and ski field - it literally takes your breath away!"
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"Challenging winds and a great view (most of the time!) Not to mention a slight feeling of superiority when you cross the closed road!"
"It is rare that you can circle an entire country while coming into land at an airport with a world famous backdrop to the apron. Perfect for getting a shot of your aircraft parked up."
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"...stunning views of deep deep fjords as you approach"
"Surrounded by arctic landscape, mountains, lakes and fjords."
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"It's a very dramatic landing and take off, and if you stand on the beach next to the runway when planes take off and land, you see it from the other perspective!"
"close to the beach, aircraft fly over your head!!!"
"terrifying yet brilliant"
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