The Coolest Place is a real travel hotspot!

Global travel fans have voted Donegal Airport as the world’s most beautiful landing spot – it has been revealed today.

The private jet booking platform PrivateFly, asked the international travel community to name their top landing in its annual survey, with the most votes overall going to the coastal runway at Carrickfinn beach.

Donegal was number two on the 2017 list, but a great year of publicity and celebration has helped it rise to the top spot in 2018.

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot said: Donegal is extraordinarily beautiful and deservedly sits in the top spot this year. Its rugged coastal landscapes were a location for the recent Star Wars movies, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re in the Millennium Falcon; on a commercial airliner; or on a private jet, coming into land here feels like an otherworldly experience.”

One voter commented in support of Donegal: “You fly in low…and sweep out over an emerald sea with the perma-white froth of the Wild Atlantic Way, lashing the many tiny rocky islands in a turquoise sea.” Another praised the “spectacular views of the Atlantic coastline, the beautiful Mount Errigal and a beach which is the most stunning in the world.”

The 2018 top ten is as follows:

1.     Donegal (Ireland)

2.     Barra (Scotland)

3.     Nice (France)

4.     Queenstown (New Zealand)

5.     Saba (Dutch Caribbean)

6.     Orlando Melbourne (USA)

7.     Toronto Billy Bishop (Canada)

8.     London City (England, UK)

9.     St Maarten (French/Dutch Caribbean)

10.   Miami (USA)

Anne Bonner, Managing Director of Donegal Airport shared her delight at the accolade: “Having been voted in the top ten in the last two years we are delighted to have been voted No. 1 airport landing in 2018. It is indeed a great endorsement from the travelling public and aviation/travel experts putting Donegal firmly on the map of the world’s places to visit. Donegal as a location was also chosen by National Geographic in 2017 ‘as the coolest place on the planet’ and what better way to explore Donegal than to fly into the World’s most scenic airport”

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle is also thrilled. He said: “This is a wonderful accolade for Donegal and I would like to congratulate everyone involved especially the management and staff at Donegal Airport.  I have to say that I agree fully with global travel fans.  The stunning view that awaits you as you land at Donegal Airport never ceases to take my breath away it is definitely the most beautiful landing spot in the world”.

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