Donegal and its most scenic airport will help you forget all your fears of flying.

Do you dread having to step on a plane? Does it take something soothing to get you through your flight? Maybe you should fly through Donegal Airport more often. Voted as the most scenic airport in the world for 2018, the incredible Donegal scenery through takeoff and landing is sure to distract you from your nerves.

The north-western Irish airport has been held in high esteemed for some time for its scenic views but this year it beat off all other scenic airports in the mix to claim the number one spot. And it’s really easy to see why:

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Donegal Airport #1

Donegal Airport #1

Posted by Donegal Airport on Dé Máirt, 10 Aibreán 2018

Voted for by the public, the initial shortlist is put together by an independent panel of travel industry experts and influencers. In second place this year was Barra Airport in Scotland while Nice Airport in France came in third. Donegal came in second in the poll last year.

“The top 10 is an annual bucket list for travel fans, a fascinating mix of global descents to fly in your lifetime,” said Adam Twidell, CEO of survey producer’s PrivateFly and an experienced pilot.  

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“From tiny runways like last year’s winner Saba (the world’s shortest commercial runway) and Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides; to the major cityscapes offered up by London City or Miami International.

“Donegal is extraordinarily beautiful and deservedly sits in the top spot this year. Its rugged coastal landscapes were a location for the recent Star Wars movies, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re in the Millennium Falcon; on a commercial airliner; or on a private jet, coming into land here feels like an otherworldly experience.”

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The full 2018 top ten most scenic airports include:

  1. Donegal (Ireland)
  2. Barra (Scotland)
  3. Nice (France)
  4. Queenstown (New Zealand)
  5. Saba (Dutch Caribbean)
  6. Orlando Melbourne (USA)
  7. Toronto Billy Bishop (Canada)
  8. London City (England, UK)
  9. St Maarten (French/Dutch Caribbean)
  10. Miami (USA)

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