London City Airport among most scenic in world

UK, England, London, Docklands, London City Airport at dusk

London's City Airport has made it into the world's top ten most scenic airports, according to a Forbes report.

The city's newest airport beat stiff competition from some of the most spectacular destinations in the world, including Cape Town Airport in South Africa.

Every year, private jet charter broker PrivateFly asks the public to vote for their favourite airport approaches. This year there were more than 2,000 votes, covering 147 airports, including Grand Canyon and Rio De Janeiro, neither of which reached the top ten.

In first place for 2015 was Queenstown Airport on New Zealand's South Island. PrivateFly chief executive Adam Twidell, a pilot, described the airport as idyllic .

"New Zealand's South Island has some of the most jawdropping natural scenery anywhere in the world and Queenstown Airport's landing offers the perfect airside introduction."

How many of your favourites made the top ten? Find out below. And if you're flying to any of these airports, make sure you get a window seat.

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"Flying in to see such a great landmark like Table Mountain as well as the beautiful city of Cape Town makes this airport approach truly one-of-a-kind." 
"The cockpit windows frame the perfect shot of the world's financial hub, appreciated by many, but adored only by pilots. Come rain or shine, the city pulses beneath you during every landing."
Judge Ana Silva O'Reilly "Not for those with faint hears. Landing at ‘The Rock’ requires a lot of skill (and adverse weather conditions redirect flights to Malaga too often), but if you are lucky it is stunning. Also very interesting to see the geographic differences between nearby Spain and this British territory."
Forbes judge Adam Twidell says: "Arrival into this airport brings you between the skyscrapers of an international city and lush Canadian Parkland. Both framed by the Great Lakes in a fantastic juxtaposition between earth and human creation. "
Judge David Scowsill says: "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."
"Nowhere in the world can you get so close to a plane landing - it is as if you could jump high enough and touch it. It's an awesome view, both as a passenger on the plane and as person sitting on the beach below."
 "As you cross the water from the mainland you eventually see the hills of the Isle of Barra and surrounding islands in the distance. As you draw closer you are totally enchanted by the contrast of greenery, rugged shorelines, the shimmering waters and the spectacular white sands which you eventually land on (when the tide is out). Totally and utterly amazing."
Judge Tiffany Dowd says: "This has to be one of the most spectacular places to arrive and depart with this breathtaking coastline as far as the eye can see."
Judge Doug Gollan says:  "Arriving at night makes the Las Vegas strip look like some type of miniature recreation. It is always worth a window seat."
Forbes judge Bill Prince says: "A world-class approach to a world class destination. The snatched panoramas as you descend into this hitherto barren-looking landscape makes you realise that pilots do get the best views."

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'If you're not already asleep, this is an amazing sight three to four hours into most long North America flights. Well worth staying up for!'

- Captain Dave Willsher, British Airways

'Most flights approach Heathrow from the east - a great opportunity to get an unbeatable view of London. A perfect welcome to London.'

- Captain Mark Mannering-Smith, British Airways

'A breathtaking view of the Alps and especially of Mont Blanc that comes around an hour into this two hour flight.'

- First Officer Caroline Robinson, British Airways

'When leaving Sydney, sit on the right hand side of the aircraft to get the best views of Sydney Harbour.'

- Captain Derek May, British Airways

'Great whichever side of the aircraft you're on for flights departing San Francisco. You get great views of the bridge on the left hand side of the aircraft, Alcatraz from the right, and the bay from both!'

- Captain Simon Scholey, British Airways

‘Greenland is visually stunning. The tips of mountains can be seen poking through the snow which is over a mile deep. Occasionally you will be able to see icebergs carving off glaciers around the coast.'

- Senior First Officer Peter Nye, British Airways

'This is especially good on a departure to the North East as you circle back over the city.'

- First Officer Joanne Tait, British Airways

'On early morning arrivals from the North it's great for Table Mountain and the bay.'

- Senior First Officer Kate Laidler, British Airways

'A terrific approach into Dubrovnik over the bay to the North East.'

- Captain Al Bridger, British Airways

'Whether arriving or departing from Tokyo (Narita) you can see Mount Fuji sticking out of the clouds.'

- Captain Chris Hanson, British Airways


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