PrivateFly's 2013 poll revealed the top 10 stunning airport approaches. The shortlist was selected by an expert judging panel. The 10 most scenic airport approaches were voted for by you!
1. St Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), Caribbean
"It's a gorgeous approach over the clear blue sea, white sand beach with hills in the background. The beach goers can almost touch the landing gear as planes make their landing. It's unbelievable, a aircraft lover's dream. No where else in the world can you get so close to the variety of aircraft. Anything from a 747 to a twin otter."
"Seeing the whole island in all its beauty as you approach and the landing on the beach just puts the icing on the cake. I've flown here many times and it never fails to impress me." View more comments on Barra Airport
"The approach to LAX is quite stunning, especially at night. The city of Los Angeles spreads out to infinity below the aircraft like a blanket of stars. Daytime, passengers can gawk at the city surrounded by the desert, mountains, and the ocean."
"A truly unique approach towards touchdown between two valleys. Awesome, thrilling experience."
What the judges said: Peter Myers (Reuters Business Travel): "Landing at Paro is the first of many hair-raising experiences the adventurous visitor to this berserk Shangri-La-esque kingdom will likely be faced with. The aircraft weaves precariously through colossal never-summitted mountains, buffetted by treacherous winds, and before touching down comes dastardly close to taking a few picturesque roofs of nearby houses."
"Eastward approach great view of central London and the city, and what beats a 6 degree glideslope?!"
What the judges said: Murdo Morrison (Flight International): "Plunging down in front of the towers of Canary Wharf and into the heart of London’s financial hub really makes you feel like a master of the universe."