[A post by Peter Jordens.]
Maureen O’Hare of CNN reports that the world’s shortest commercial runway, a 400-meter-long strip at Juancho E. Irausquin Airport on the Carribbean island of Saba, has been named the world’s most scenic airport approach in a global survey conducted by PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters.
“Flying into Saba is extraordinary,” says Adam Twidell, PrivateFly CEO and an experienced pilot. “You approach the mountainous island towering out of the sea, to see an impossibly tiny runway appear perched on a cliff.” Pilots must have special training to land at Saba and only certain turboprop aircraft such as the BN-2 Islander or Grand Caravan are agile enough to execute the necessary short stop. “Saba has an exceptional safety record making it one of the most memorable civilian aviation experiences available anywhere in the world,” Twidell adds.
A panel of travel experts and aviation fans took part in the annual poll, which this year received more than 8,000 individual votes for a total of 122 global airports. Topping the list are 10 beauties offering views of everything from mountainous landscapes to glittering skyscrapers. […] Here’s where you should be grabbing a window seat in 2017:
- Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba, Dutch Caribbean
- Donegal Airport, Ireland
- Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France
- Gibraltar Airport, UK overseas
- Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
- London City Airport, England, UK
- Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten, Caribbean
- Orlando Melbourne Airport, Florida, USA
- Barra Airport, Scotland, UK
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada
According to The Daily Herald, Saba Tourism Commissioner Bruce Zagers was elated with the recognition for his island’s airport. “We are thrilled to have first of all been included in the polling and even more so now that we have been elected as the World’s Most Scenic Airport Landing 2017. With this accomplishment we hope that many more adventurist and casual visitors will choose Saba as their next destination so that they too can experience the illustrious thrill of landing at our airport.”
For the complete, original CNN and Daily Herald reports, go to http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/26/aviation/scenic-airport-landings-2017 and https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/65490-saba-airport-wins-global-travel-poll.
More information about the poll is available at https://www.privatefly.com/airport-poll/PrivateflyAirportpollResults2017.html?utm_source=Airport%20Poll%20-%20Facebook#ad-image-link1.
There are several videos of a landing at Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, including these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVdaFv6kbkw (cockpit view); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL_Y6lwSEPI (side view); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMWzVIlQw28 (overhead view; landing and take-off).