London City Airport is one of the world’s most stunning airport landings, according to the results of a poll conducted by the private jet booking service, PrivateFly.com. The company asked international travel experts and travel fans for their most scenic airport landings in its annual survey.
Declan Collier, the airport’s Chief Executive, said: “Naturally, we are very proud of having one of the top 10 most awe-inspiring airport approaches in the world. LCY’s location – just three miles from Canary Wharf and seven miles from the City of London – means that passengers flying in can get an aerial view of their office or the place they are visiting before they land and complete their journey via the Docklands Light Railway and the London Underground.
“The landmarks of one of the world’s greatest cities make for a breathtaking view, one which even the most jaded of frequent flyer would struggle to tire of.”
London City has made the poll’s top 10 twice previously, in 2013 and 2012. One voter praised “the drama and beauty of flying through the heart of the world’s most vibrant and important city”. Another commented: “When arriving from the west, the pivot around the Shard, the view of the city of London and of Canary Wharf is a superb way to see the city”.
Adam Twidell, Chief Executive of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, said: “The exciting approach into London City offers a bird’s-eye view of one of the world’s most iconic cityscapes, so it’s no surprise we have seen it consistently featured on our top 10 list.
“The poll’s results give travel fans a checklist of global descents to experience at least once in a lifetime. It’s a fascinating mix of major city views, stunning island approaches, and tiny remote airstrips.”
Major names in the travel industry helped form the 2014 shortlist for the public vote including Bill Prince, Deputy Editor, GQ magazine; Murdo Morrison, Editor, Flight International; David Scowsill, President, World Travel and Tourism Council; and Patrick Jephson, author, pilot and former equerry to Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Top 10
1) Nice Côte D’Azur, France
2) St Maarten, French Caribbean
3) Barra, Scotland
4) Los Angeles LAX, USA
5) Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
6) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
7) Gibraltar, UK overseas territory
8) Squamish, Canada
9) London City, England
10) Queenstown, New Zealand