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Queenstown Airport Rated As One Of The World’s Most Scenic Approaches

May 22, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

Queenstown Airport has been rated as one of the world’s Top 10 Scenic Airport Approaches for 2014 by private jet booking company privatefly.com.

It was the only airport in the Southern Hemisphere to make the international top 10. 

Full house... Aircraft from Virgin Group airline Polynesian Blue, Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Qantas parked side by side at the increasingly busy Queenstown Airport, late last month.An expert judging panel compiled a shortlist of airports that offer passengers a truly inspirational view on approach, then readers were asked to cast their votes.

Comments received about the Queenstown Airport approach included:

“Flying over the alps and descending over the Kawarau Gorge through the mountains to be greeted by Lake Wakatipu – all approaches to this runway are, in a word, spectacular.”

“The mountains and lake are stunning from the air and there’s a bit of a thrill if you are on the left hand side of the plane, you feel like you could just reach out and touch the Remarkables.”

Runway terminal lake mountains1“You fly in over beautiful alpine landscapes and over huge lakes that reflect a mirror image of the surrounding mountains.”

“Simply magnificent.”

Queenstown Airport Corporation CEO Scott Paterson was delighted to receive the international recognition.

“Queenstown is world famous for its dramatic lake and alpine landscape, and the location of our airport against the backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range makes for a pretty spectacular take-off and landing for our passengers.”

To get a bird’s eye view of the approach to Queenstown Airport check out the “this is why we fly” video on YouTube.

Click here to view more about the Top 10 award recipients.

  1. Nice, Cote d’Azur
  2. St Maarten
  3.  Barra
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Aruba
  6. Rio de Janeiro
  7. Gibraltar
  8. Squamish
  9. London City
  10. Queenstown

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