The world’s most amazing landing approaches
Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
The Isle of Barra is unique among spectacular runways. It is the only runway in the world where scheduled flights land directly on the beach. Flights are carefully coordinated with the tide times – the runway disappears underwater once a day.
Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming, USA
Right in the middle of a national park, surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Teton mountains, the approach on landing here offers breathtaking views and has made the airport a national monument.
Aruba Airport, Netherlands Antilles
Not for nothing is Aruba a favorite destination for weddings. The landing itself on this Caribbean island is something special, with views of the hilly landscape, white wave crests, and azure-blue ocean.
Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
New Zealand is famous for its spectacular and dramatic landscapes, especially since serving as the backdrop to the Lord of the Rings movies. The approach into Queenstown Airport is also amazing, with views of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Paro Airport, Bhutan
The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan sees very few tourists and only has one international airport. Hidden in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, the airport is so difficult to fly in and out of that only eight pilots in the world are certified to land there.
Narvik airport, Norway
Sitting inside the Arctic Circle, Narvik is one of the most northerly airports in the world. Originally a military airport, now anyone can enjoy the beautiful and dramatic icescapes as they come in to land.
Princess Juliana Airport, St. Martin, French/Netherlands Antilles
You'll think someone has got carried away with Photoshop when you see how close the airplanes come to the sunbathers on the beach at this Caribbean island paradise. But it’s all real – and the people on the beach can feel the cooling breeze of the jet engines.
Malé airport, Maldives
The runway here is on an artificial strip of land connected to the island of Hulhulé in the turquoise-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by an archipelago and a fleet of luxury yachts. With this kind of approach, your holiday can’t help but be a good one!
Text: Lise Hannibal
Published: October 16, 2015