Most scenic airport approaches around the world


If you’re planning to take to the sky, you may be in store for a very pleasant surprise as you make your descent to your destination, so have your camera ready! Some of the most scenic airport approaches around the world include:


Princess Juliana International Airport: St. Maarten

The runway of Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten is just hundreds of feet off shore. As you near your approach, you can easily view rising hills, beautiful blue island waters, and sunbathers waving at you from Maho Beach directly below just seconds before you land.


Queenstown Airport: New Zealand

On a clear day, you can see the reflections of the 7,500-foot peaks of the Remarkables mountain range in the surface of Lake Wakatipu as you approach the Queenstown Airport of New Zealand’s South Island. This area is so “remarkable”, that it was used to double as Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings.


Barra Airport: Scotland

Scotland’s Barra Airport, located at the north tip of the island of Barra, is where scheduled and private flights land and take off from the beach. You’ll view the beautiful island chains of the Outer Hebrides, as well as the bay of Traigh Mhor, on your approach. Because the three short runways are sand, only small propeller aircrafts can fly in and out of this airport. During high tide, the runways are completely under water!


Jackson Hole Airport: Wyoming

Located directly inside Grand Teton National Park is Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Airport, lending a view to the very impressive mountain range on your approach. The airport is designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and until 2009, the terminal resembled a pioneer log cabin.

Airport of City Male in Maldives region

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport: Maldives

Ibrahim Nasir Airport is the country’s main airport and where you’ll initially land when you visit the Maldives. Since the airport spans over the majority of Hulhulé Island, it serves as the main gateway into the numerous other islands. With the beautiful turquoise waters that completely surround Hulhulé Island, the approach is spectacular. You’re sure to be mesmerized as this lush, Asian tropical island paradise comes in to view.

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