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Queenstown Airport in top 10 best airport approaches


Media Release | Tuesday, 6 December, 2011

Queenstown Airport in top 10 best airport approaches in the world

The approach to Queenstown Airport features among the 10 most stunning in the world.

Placed seventh, the Airport was the only one in the Southern Hemisphere to make the international top 10.

“We already knew that Queenstown Airport is in one of the most beautiful spots in the world so it is terrific that it is now recognised internationally,” said Mr Steve Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer, Queenstown Airport. “Nobody forgets the wonderful scenery when landing here whether it’s for the first time or the hundreth.”

The list was decided by votes from travellers from around the world with a total of 79 global airports receiving nominations.

Private jet booking company PrivateFly.com, who compiled the list, looked for airport locations that offer passengers a truly inspirational view on approach.

Comments received about the Queenstown Airport approach included:

The thrill of being so close to the craggy Remarkables mountains whilst on approach has never left me in the 25 years and many, many flights over this period. It is truly remarkable.
Absolutely spectacular flying in over the mountains, lake and ski field – it literally takes your breath away.

Queenstown Airport is Australasia's fastest growing Airport. Located at Frankton in New Zealand's South Island, it serves the resort town of Queenstown and sits in the picturesque Wakatipu Basin.

The Airport is serviced by Air New Zealand, Mt Cook Airline, Pacific Blue, Jetstar and Qantas with direct international flights to/from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

It is one of New Zealand's busiest helicopter and general aviation bases.
It also has a healthy Corporate Jet business. In October a total of 8 corporate jets lined up at the Airport which is the largest number it has seen at one time.

The full top ten

1. Barra (Scotland)
2. London City
3. Jackson Hole
4. Aruba
5. Male (Maldives)
6. St Barts
7. Queenstown (NZ)
8. Gibraltar
9. Narvik (Norway)
10. St Maarten.

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