Queenstown lands 'world's most scenic' airport
Flying into Queenstown has been voted the world's most scenic airport approach - especially if you're in a private jet.
Economy passengers who have enjoyed flying to Queenstown on a clear, blue day will no doubt agree with an annual poll conducted by booking and jet charter service PrivateFly.
The company's website gives a price range between $22,700 and $53,000 for four people to book a private aircraft from Sydney to Queenstown during ski season in August.
GQ deputy editor and a member of the judging panel Bill Prince said Queenstown Airport was a worthy winner as a world class approach to a world class destination.
PrivateFly chief executive Adam Twidell, a pilot, said the airport was a perfect introduction to the South Island.
"New Zealand's South Island has some of the most jawdropping natural scenery available anywhere in the world."
"Queenstown Airport's landing offers the perfect airside introduction."
The airport in Frankton, 8 kilometres from Queenstown central business district, is often hailed as the fastest-growing aerodrome in Australasia.
Queenstown Airport chief executive Scott Paterson said he was thrilled with the accolade.
"We've been in the top 10 for the past few years, so it's very exciting to take out the number one spot – especially given the beauty of the other airport approaches worldwide.
"The approach to Queenstown is truly spectacular and we're delighted that so many travellers around the world think so too."
TOP 10 STUNNING AIRPORT APPROACHES
1. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
2. Las Vegas McCarran Airport, USA
3. Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, France
4. Barra Airport, Scotland
5. St Maarten (Princess Juliana International) Airport, Saint Martin
6. Saba (Juancho E Yrausquin) Airport, Saba
7. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada
8. Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar
9. London City Airport, UK
10. Cape Town Airport, South Africa