Published on May 1st, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Donegal Airport Named World’s Second Most Scenic Airport

Private Jet company PrivateFly have released the results of their poll of the Most Scenic Airport Landings 2017 and Donegal Airport has been voted second. While the Caribbean Island of Saba took the top spot, this represents a significant victory for the airport, after it finished in seventh place on the same survey last year.

Donegal Airport Marketing Manager Pauline Sweeney stated that she “couldn’t have asked for a better endorsement” as well as asserting that the number of people passing through the airport is up 15.7% this year so far.

Approach to runway 03 at Donegal. Jenny Jacobs.

“It strengthens our believe that Donegal captivates from the first glimpse!

“I was on a flight myself from Scotland on Sunday, and you can see the coast the whole way down. It does you good to [be] up in the air every now and again and look down on what we have here!”

The airport is served twice daily from Dublin and 5 days per week from Glasgow.  The survey placed the scenery surrounding Donegal Airport ahead of that of 120 other airports worldwide, including those located in London City, Orlando and Nice. Check out the video below of some of the spectacular views around Donegal Airport.

The full top 10 is as follows:

– Saba (Juancho E Yrausquin Airport), Caribbean
– Donegal Airport, Ireland
– Nice Cote D’Azur Airport, France
– Gibraltar Airport, UK
– Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
– London City Airport
– St Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International), Caribbean
– Orlando Melbourne Airport, USA
– Barra Airport, Scotland, UK
– Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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