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10 Most Scenic Airport Approaches Across The World

Do you look at the window when your plane is about to land?

The rocky coast of Donegal, Ireland played a starring role in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when none other than the Millennium Falcon landed on the county’s rocky Malin Head — Ireland’s most northerly point.

But whether you’re landing a fictional starship or a Boeing 747, Donegal Airport is a spectacular landing strip — and now it’s been crowned the world’s most scenic airport approach by PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters.

“Donegal is extraordinarily beautiful and deservedly sits in the top spot this year,” says Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly. “Its rugged coastal landscapes were a location for the recent Star Wars movies, and it’s not hard to see why.”

The top ten also includes the sandy beauty of Barra Airport on the Isle of Barra in Scotland’s incredible Outer Hebrides.

“The top ten is an annual bucket list for travel fans, a fascinating mix of global descents to fly in your lifetime. From tiny runways like last year’s winner Saba (the world’s shortest commercial runway) and Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, to the major cityscapes offered up by London City or Miami International,” says Twidell, who is an experienced pilot himself.

A panel of travel experts and aviation fans participated in the annual poll, which received more than 8,500 votes for a total of 112 airports across the globe.

Other highlights include the picture-perfect cityscape afforded by descending into London City airport and the sun-bleached, Mediterranean beauty of Nice Cote d’Azur.

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10 Most Scenic Airport Landings, According To PrivateFly:

1. Donegal Airport, Ireland

2. Barra Airport, Scotland

We are so lucky to live on such an amazing Island, surrounded by such beauty as can been seen in this picture. Here is our famous airport. The runway is the beach which is washed twice daily(as can be seen in the second picture) by the tide. #loganair run scheduled flights to the Island and quite often in the summer time it is very difficult to get a seat on the plane due to the popularity of the Island. Whilst here you can pop in to the lovely #barraairportcafe Cafe and have a lovely bite to eat. Have one of their amazing barista coffees and beautiful homemade cakes that are to die for. Roll on the longer days and shorter nights, it will be nice to get some decent weather again. #isleofbarradistillers #barragin #isleofbarra #barraairport isleofbarradistillers.com

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3. Nice Cote d’Azur, France

4. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

5. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba, Dutch Caribbean

6. Orlando Melbourne Airport, US

7. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada

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8. London City Airport, London, UK

9. Princess Juliana International Airport, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, French/Dutch Caribbean

10. Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, US

Written by Francesca Street for CNN.

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