Published on April 23rd, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Donegal Airport voted “Most Scenic Airport of 2018”

The poll, run by PrivateFly asked travellers around the world to vote for their Most Scenic Airport Landings of 2018. Donegal was up against some stiff competition including Nice, Queenstown and the famous St. Maarten in the Dutch Antilles. See the video below for some fantastic scenic shots of the airport. Some votes left the following comments:

“You fly in low over the tiny airport building with the conical mass of quartitze that is Errigal mountain on your right and sweep out over an emerald sea with the perma-white froth of the Wild Atlantic Way lashing the many tiny rocky islands in a turquoise sea. Then the pilot completes his turn and dashes back towards the crescent of golden sand that is Carrickfin beach.”

“Spectacular views of the Atlantic coastline, the beautiful Mount Errigal and a beach which is the most stunning in the world.”

“From the smattering of clouds, the Wild Atlantic Way appears like an oasis. Beautiful clear blue waters and the clearest sand you’ve ever seen.”

The Top 10 airports were:

  1. Donegal Airport
  2. Barra Airport (Scotland)
  3. Nice Airport (France)
  4. Queenstown Airport (New Zealand)
  5. Saba Airport (Netherlands Antilles)
  6. Orlando Melbourne International Airport (USA)
  7. Toronto Billy Bishop (Canada)
  8. London City Airport (England)
  9. St Maarten (Netherlands Antilles)
  10. Miami Airport (USA)

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About the Author

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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