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The Most Beautiful Airport Landings in the World

The best part about getting to your destination is the views while touching down.

Maho bay in St Martin: one of the main attractions for plane spotters!Stephanie Rousseau/Shutterstock

Princess Juliana International Airport

 

This beautiful airport sits right next to Maho Beach on the island of St. Martin. Since the runway is so close to the water, the planes have to land at a very low altitude, creating a breathtaking view for the passengers about to land on the island. Many tourists enjoy sitting on the beach and watching the planes come in right over their heads. These are the airports with the scariest landings in the world.

lake and mountain landscape in Queenstown, New ZealandNaruedom Yaempongsa/Shutterstock

Queenstown Airport

 

Queenstown Airport is located in New Zealand and surrounded by gorgeous views. When landing, you’ll be able to see the Southern Alps as well as Lake Wakatipu.

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Barra Airport

Barra Airport, in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, is the only airport in the world where scheduled airline services take off and land on a beach. During high tide the runway, or sand, is underwater. The descent is both thrilling and beautiful at any time of the day. If you’re a nervous flier and want the smoothest plane ride possible, here’s the best place to sit.

Gibraltar airport runway and La Linea de la Concepcion in Spain, southern Andalucia region, Cadiz province.Artur Bogacki/Shutterstock

Gibraltar Airport      

Gibraltar is a small British territory located on the southern coast of Spain. Since it’s on a peninsula, when landing you can see views of the water and parts of northern Africa. Another thing you’ll see when you land is a four-lane highway running right through the middle of the runway. The airport isn’t that busy so it hasn’t caused any traffic problems yet.

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Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

 

When landing at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, Canada you’ll get to see spectacular views of both Lake Ontario and the skyline of Toronto. It’s especially beautiful if you land around sunrise or sunset. This airport was named the best in North America. Can you guess which one it is?

View Of A Passenger Airplane Landing At The Rio De Janeiro Airport With The City At The Background, Brazildani3315/Shutterstock

Santos Dumont Airport

 

The Santos Dumont Airport is located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. When landing, you get to see Guanabara Bay and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. The airport no longer accepts international flights, but it’s still one of the busiest airports in Brazil.

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Courchevel Altiport

This small airport is located in the French Alps. The snowcapped mountains create a spectacular view when landing. However, landing is extremely dangerous because of its short and sloped runway—only small planes and helicopters are able to land safely here. It’s mainly used for transportation to and from a ski resort located in Courchevel. Check out these bizarre reasons for flight delays.

Aerial view of top of Gibraltar Rock. Gibraltar is a territory of South West Europe which is part of the United KingdomSchnitzelpirat/Shutterstock

London City Airport

Landing at the London City Airport is like a free ticket to the London Eye. You’ll catch a glimpse of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and the Thames River.

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Saba Airport

This destination is not for the faint of heart. Saba Airport, located on the Caribbean island of Saba, has one of the shortest runways in the world measuring only 400 meters. When landing, pilots have to navigate around hills on one side of the runway and make sure to stop the plane before it plummets into the ocean on the other side of the runway. Even though it’s terrifying, the view while landing is quite spectacular. This is what the world’s biggest airport is going to look like when it opens up.