From sprawling beaches to white-knuckle landings with an epic view, we've compiled a list of our 10 favourite airport approaches.
St Maarten International Airport
Photos taken of a plane's approach at St Maarten Airport look photoshopped. The mélange of sundrenched Caribbean beaches coupled with up-close plane spotting opportunities mere feet above your head mean incredible views, whether you're inside the plane cabin or chilling on the beach.
Saba, Dutch Caribbean
Juancho E Irausquin is the only airport in Saba, a Dutch municipality in the Caribbean. It has the shortest commercial runway in the world, measuring just 1,299 feet in length, and on one side is fringed by craggy cliffs which give out onto a vast azure sea.
Located 3.7 miles southwest of Nice lies the airport whose views never fail to earn it a top 10 position in the ranks for the world's best plane approaches. You literally skim over the shimmering turquoise Mediterranean all with a spectacular mountainous backdrop.
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The dramatic Irish coastline awaits you in Donegal. Voted the coolest place in the world to visit in 2017 by National Geographic Traveller, its second accolade of the year is that it has the second most scenic airport landing, beaten only by that of Saba.
Boasting a very short runway with breathtaking views, Gibraltar's airport shares its space with one of the island's main roads. At just 500 metres from the city centre, you won't be forking out much for a taxi, either.