12 May 2015

Queenstown Airport flying high

12:03 pm on 12 May 2015

Queenstown Airport is the world's most scenic airport to land at, according to an international poll.

Queenstown Airport against the backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range.

Queenstown Airport against the backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range. Photo: Queenstown Airport

The poll was conducted by international private jet booking service PrivateFly, with a judging panel compiling a shortlist of 147 airports considered to offer passengers "spectacular views on approach". Votes were then cast by more than 3000 international travel experts and travellers.

Queenstown took the top spot ahead of Las Vegas, Nice Cote D'Azur and Cape Town, with voter comments including "I've flown to many beautiful locations worldwide but nothing even comes close to comparing with the thrill and beauty that stuns you as you come in to land at Queenstown" and "I had no words, just tears of awe and beauty when I landed here! It's completely enveloped by Mother Nature".

The approach to Queenstown Airport.

The approach to Queenstown Airport. Photo: Queenstown Airport

PrivateFly chief executive and experienced pilot Adam Twidell said the South Island had some of the most jaw-dropping natural scenery available anywhere in the world, and Queenstown Airport's landing offered the "perfect airside introduction".

Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott Paterson said he was thrilled with the accolade, which was fantastic international recognition both for the airport and the region.

"We've been in the Top 10 for the past few years, so it's very exciting to take out the number one spot, especially given the beauty of the other airport approaches worldwide," he said.

"The approach to Queenstown is truly spectacular and we're delighted that so many travellers around the world think so too."

The airport was a key New Zealand gateway for premium visitors, and there were plans to expand and enhance its existing private jet facilities to better cater for growing demand, Mr Paterson said.

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