Donegal Airport has officially been named as the most scenic airport landing in the world 4 years ago

Donegal Airport has officially been named as the most scenic airport landing in the world

The Wild Atlantic Way airport has officially outdone itself.

Donegal Airport has been named the most scenic airport landing in the world, according to the 2018 edition of the annual scenic airports poll by PrivateFly, a global bookings service for private jet charters and private aircraft hire.


Chosen by thousands of travellers from across the globe and a panel of travel industry judges, this year's decision sees the Carrickfinn airport rise one place since the 2017 poll, when it came in second to Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba.

Praised by voters for its views of the Atlantic coastline, Mount Errigal and Carrickfinn beach, the small airport that sits on the northwest coast of Ireland marks a further notch in the Wild Atlantic Way's belt, following the spate of attention that it received for being chosen as a filming location in recent Star Wars movies.

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Set up in 1986, the airport was originally only a grass strip with a tarmac runway and temporary buildings. However, in the 1990s, permanent terminal buildings were constructed and the runway was extended.

Currently, Donegal Airport is used by one scheduled airline and for private charter flights.

The top ten most scenic airport landings in the world can be seen in full below.

Most scenic airport landings in the world


1. Donegal Airport (Ireland)
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)