PrivateFly, an international private jet booking service, polled international travel experts to determine the most scenic airport landing spot. Based on its spectacular views on approach, Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in Frankton, New Zealand was voted No. 1. The airport serves as a direct gateway to some of New Zealand’s most renowned scenery and visitor experiences.
Other airports that made this year’s Top 10 List included McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas; Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport (NCE) in Nice, France; and Bidvest Bank–Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Bill Prince, deputy editor of GQ magazine and a member of the judging panel, believes Queenstown Airport is a worthy winner as “a world class approach to a world class destination.” Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, says, “New Zealand’s South Island has some of the most jaw dropping natural scenery available anywhere in the world, and Queenstown Airport’s landing offers the perfect airside introduction.”
Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Scott Paterson was flying high after learning that the airport was named the world’s most scenic landing. “We’ve been in the Top 10 for the past few years, so it’s very exciting to take the No. 1 spot,” he says. “The approach to Queenstown is truly spectacular and we’re delighted that so many travelers around the world think so, too.”