Travelling the world might not have been an option for 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop adding places to our bucket list.

While take-off and landing might not be the most memorable parts of a trip, it certainly helps if they’re aesthetically pleasing – and the very best airports in the world offering exactly that have been crowned.

The airports with the most scenic landing strips have been announced for 2020, and the winner is closer to home than you might think.

Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn, in the north-west of Ireland, scooped the top spot for its dramatic surroundings.

It was followed by Msembe Airstrip in Tanzania in second place and Skiathos (Alexandros Papadiamantis) Airport in Greece in third position.

The rankings, which are conducted annually by booking platform PrivateFly, were carried out by 6,000 frequent fliers and aviation enthusiasts.

Voting this year took place in February and March – just before COVID-19 travel restrictions were introduced globally – and 129 airports around the world were included.

Other airports which placed within the top five were Orlando (Melbourne) International Airport in the US and the island of Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, which came in fourth and fifth position respectively.

It’s hardly a surprise that Bora Bora made it into the top 10, with Motu Mute airport coming in sixth place, followed by St Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport and the Seychelles’ Praslin Island Airport.

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly, commented: ‘Many of us have flown less frequently this year, but these ultimate destination landings are a welcome reminder of the uplifting power of travel and aviation — and a jaw-dropping inspiration for some memorable future flights.’

Top 10 most scenic airports for landings and take offs

1. Donegal Airport, Ireland 

2. Msembe Airstrip, Tanzania 

3. Skiathos (Alexandros Papadiamantis) Airport, Greece 

4. Orlando (Melbourne) International Airport, Florida

5. Barra Airport, Scotland 

6. Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport, French Polynesia 

7. St Maarten (Princess Juliana) International Airport, St Maarten 

8. Praslin Island Airport, Seychelles 

9. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates 

10. Nadi International Airport, Fiji

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