PrivateFly Scenic Airport Poll 2019 - Judging panel

Each year, PrivateFly conducts a 'Scenic Airports Poll' to discover the most beautiful airport approaches in the world - from beach runways, to mountain-top airports and airport approaches across iconic city skylines.

View the Top 10 Scenic Airports 2019

The following expert judges from across the travel and aviation industries helped us to form the shortlist by nominating their own favourite airport approaches. Meet the 2019 judges and see their picks. 

Bernard AriniBernard Arini

After a career as an engineer with the French civil aviation authority, the DGAC (General Directorate of Civil Aviation), Bernard Arini became a blogger at Bernieshoot and Aerobernie, and an industry influencer on social media.

Bernard's pick:

  • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport


Tiffany DowdTiffany Dowd

Tiffany Dowd is a global luxury hotel expert and the Founder & President of Luxe Social Media and Luxe Tiffany. In 2018, she was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Luxury Digital to follow.

She is also an internationally recognized social media influencer for luxury travel known as Luxe Tiffany (@LuxeTiffany) and has been featured as one of Top Luxury Travel Instagram accounts to follow by Travel + Leisure and InStyle magazines. Since 2009, Tiffany has specialized in online communications and social media marketing management for an elite group of luxury hotels, destinations, celebrities, real estate and lifestyle brands.

Tiffany's pick:

  • London Heathrow Airport


Doug GollanDoug Gollan

Doug Gollan is founder and Editor-In-Chief of DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners, and, an independent buyer’s guide comparing over 100 jet card membership program by 65 variables.

Doug's pick:

  • Miami International Airport


Johnny JetJohnny Jet

Johnny Jet has traveled over 100,000 miles a year since starting his newsletter in 1995 and has visited close to 100 countries. On his website, he writes about how to maximize your credit card points, how to find travel deals, cheap flights, and how to benefit from insightful travel tips.

He has hosted a television special on The Travel Channel and was named one of Forbes’ Top 10 Travel Influencers. He writes for numerous publications including Forbes, Inc and Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine and appears every Saturday on Leo Laporte’s The Tech Guy Show, talking about travel and technology. He travels the world with his wife Natalie DiScala and their son Jack.

Johnny's pick:

  • Daniel K. Inouye Airport (Honolulu)


Quentin LafonQuentin Lafon

First and foremost a Parisien, Quentin Lafon is the creator of the travel & lifestyle blog that he has been writing since 2012. Also a social media & influencer consultant for a communications agency, he lives for travel.

Whenever he can, he jumps onboard a plane to discover a new destination. Follow his colourful adventures on Instagram @quentinlafon

Quentin's pick:

  • Abeid Amani Karume Airport (Zanzibar)


Pilot PatrickPilot Patrick

Pilot Patrick started flying as a private jet pilot on a Citation XLS+ in 2010. Two years ago he started flying the Airbus A300-600. Currently, he is in the upgrade process to become a captain.

He is very active on social media, especially Instagram (@pilotpatrick), where he shares his flights and adventures with his followers. He also writes a blog about aviation, travel, and lifestyle.

Patrick's pick:

  • Samedan Airport


Pilot MariaMaria Pettersson

Maria Pettersson aka Pilot Maria (@pilotmaria) grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden but currently lives in London. She trained as a pilot in order to combine her passion for travel with her career. She has flown commercially on the Boeing 737 for around four years.

Maria's pick:

  • Falcone Borsellino Airport (Palermo)


Kenn RicciKenn Ricci

Kenn Ricci is an aviation industry veteran and Principal of Directional Aviation Capital, one of the largest portfolios of private aviation companies. He began his career as an Air Force ROTC cadet and as a pilot, has flown into over 400 airports and enjoys sharing some of his travel experiences on his Instagram account @kennricci.

In 2019, Ricci was inducted into the 'Living Legends of Aviation', a prestigious organisation composed of men and women of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation including industry leaders, innovators, pilots and astronauts.

Kenn's picks:

  • Narsarsuaq Airport
  • Innsbruck Airport


Pierre SchuesterPierre Schuester

Passionate about travel since childhood, Pierre began exploring the world at age 20. He started to share his experiences on social media and quickly acquired a large community, later creating his blog ( focussed on travel and luxury hotels. He has collaborated with various tourist offices, travel agencies and large hotel groups for the last 5 years.

Pierre's pick:

  • Velana International Airport (Malé)


Francesca StreetFrancesca Street

Francesca Street is a London-based digital journalist at CNN Travel. She regularly interviews fascinating globetrotters from across the world, spotlights unusual tourist attractions and discusses trends impacting travellers. You can find her work for CNN here.

Francesca's pick:

  • Edinburgh Airport


Nigel TisdallNigel Tisdall

Nigel Tisdall is an award-winning travel writer who contributes to many leading titles including the Telegraph, Financial Times and Sunday Times Travel Magazine. He specialises in the Caribbean and edits an independent travel website devoted to expert writing about the region,

Nigel's picks:

  • Teniente R. Marsh Airport (King George Island, Antarctica)
  • Rubondo Airstrip (Lake Victoria)


Adam TwidellAdam Twidell

Adam is the CEO and co-founder of PrivateFly. After 10 years as a RAF pilot, Adam moved to flying private jets before launching PrivateFly in 2008. He has been lucky enough to experience a wide variety of airport approaches around the world as both a pilot and passenger.

Adam's picks:

  • Al Maktoum Airport (Dubai)
  • Gibraltar Airport


Bruce WallinBruce Wallin

Media and luxury travel expert Bruce Wallin is the chief content officer at C&R Communications in Los Angeles. Before joining C&R, Bruce was the editorial director at Robb Report, where he spearheaded the luxury media brand’s print, digital, and social content for nearly 15 years, and founded and launched editorial franchises ranging from the annual Travel Issue to the Leaders of Luxury video series.

He joined C&R in January 2018 to launch the firm’s creative content studio, C&R Content, which offers editorial, design, production, and consulting services to clients in luxury travel and real estate. In his more than two decades as an editor, producer, content consultant, and travel specialist—he was the cofounder and editor of Trip magazine back in the 1990s—Bruce has been a featured speaker and panelist at conferences worldwide and has served as an expert source for media outlets ranging from The Street to CNN.

Bruce's pick:

  • El Tepual Airport (Puerto Montt)

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