London City Airport (LCY) is one of the world’s most stunning airport landings, according to a poll conducted by the private jet booking service, PrivateFly.com.
In its annual survey, PrivateFly asked international travel experts and travel fans for their most scenic airport landings. Major names in the travel industry who helped in creating the 2014 shortlist for public vote included Bill Prince, deputy editor of GQ magazine; Murdo Morrison, editor of Flight International; David Scowsill, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council; and Patrick Jephson – author, pilot and former equerry to Diana, Princess of Wales.
One voter praised LCY for the ‘the drama and beauty of flying through the heart of the world’s most vibrant and important city’. Another commented ‘When arriving from the west, the pivot around the Shard, the view of the city of London and of Canary Wharf is a superb way to see the city’.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport (LCY), said: ‘We are naturally very proud of having one of the top ten most awe-inspiring airport approaches in the world. LCY’s location – just three miles from Canary Wharf and seven miles from the City of London – means that passengers flying in can get an aerial view of their office or the place they’re visiting before they land and complete their journey via the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the London Underground.
‘The landmarks of one of the world’s greatest cities make for a breathtaking view, one which even the most jaded of frequent flyer would struggle to tire of.’
Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, said: ‘The exciting approach into London City offers a bird’s-eye view of one of the world’s most iconic cityscapes, so it’s no surprise we have seen it consistently featured on our top 10 list.
‘The poll’s results give travel fans a checklist of global descents to experience at least once in a lifetime. It’s a fascinating mix of major city views, stunning island approaches; and tiny remote airstrips.’
Nice Cote D’Azur, France took top position with the most votes, followed by St Maarten, French Caribbean and Barra, Scotland, UK. London City, UK was in the ninth position, followed by Queenstown, New Zealand at tenth. London City has made it to the poll’s top 10 twice previously, in 2013 and 2012.