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A voter said of Barra Airport in Scotland: ‘Where else in the world can you fly over majestic mountains, stunning coastline and turquoise seas before descending over an historic harbour castle and landing on a large silver sand beach?

There’s no room for error, with a short beach on final approach and mountains on departure. Barra, which won the award in 2012, says on their nomination: ‘Where else in the world can you fly over majestic mountains, stunning coastline and turquoise seas before descending over an historic harbour castle and landing on a large silver sand beach?

A Scottish airport has been shortlisted in the hunt to find the world’s most iconic and scenic plane landings

Barra Airport, Scotland – and the world’s – only regular beach runway has been selected as one of the world’s most stunning airport approaches in a competition which sees the small island airport go head to head with some of the best known destinations.

The airport is competing for top spot in a poll by PrivateFly.com, the leading private jet booking service, against some of the world’s most iconic airports, including Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Venice, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Hong Kong.

David Scowsill, president & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council said of Saba in the Caribbean: ‘A simply unforgettable and thrilling landing on the world’s shortest runway, flanked by cliffs and ocean with a striking view of its active Volcano, Mount Scenery.’

‘This perennial favorite is an AvGeek’s dream, for spotting and flying in. There’s no room for error, with a short beach on final approach and mountains on departure. But it’s always a thrill!’ (Benet Wilson, aviation journalist, on Saint Martin in the Caribbean).

Last year's winner of the most iconic airport landing spot was Nice Cote D'Azur, which was praised by voters for its 'sublime beauty'

Last year’s winner of the most iconic airport landing spot was Nice Cote D’Azur, which was praised by voters for its ‘sublime beauty’

A a panel of travel industry judges – which include Forbes’ Matthew Stibbe, Tiffany Dowd of Luxe Social Media, and Travel Weekly Chairman Clive Jacobs – have chosen 37 airports which they think offer the most stunning views on approach in the world.

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