Flying in a seat with a view – Scenic Approaches
Yes, it’s true. I am one of those people who avoid the window seat on a plane like the plague. At 6.4′, the idea of being trapped in, by the window, knees up around my ears, with the route between me and the toilets being guarded by two snoring bodies means that the aisle is the only place I’ll sit. But the convenience of sitting without a full bladder does take away from real enjoyment and sitting at the window seat definitely can provide some amazing views.
Top scenic approaches enjoyed…
As a kid I was always the one at the window seat and really loved watching the world pass by 30 000 + feet below. Landing in Cape Town, South Africa was one of the most memorable moments, with my face planted against the window as I watched Table Mountain loom into view on approach. It was spectacular.
The one time I chose to sit at the window seat as an adult was when I made the effort to get a flight to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport (the old one) situated at the edge of the city. Watching the apartment buildings, with balconies littered with drying laundry, flash past the wings of the 747 as we approached final, was staggering – as it was terrifying. But it was worth it and I’m pleased I determined to get that window seat that time.
But these days, jaded traveler in coach, working for companies that opt for frugal employee air travel, I do the aisle. However, I know I’m missing some really amazing views.
CNN recently published an article, quoting PrivateFly, a global booking platform for private jet charters, who have just released the results of its 2015 global survey of the world’s most scenic airport approaches. Great stuff – makes me want to be less pedantic and practical and go back and sit at the window seat with wild abandon.
Here are the top 10 scenic airport approaches, according to PrivateFly’s 2015 survey.
1. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
2. Las Vegas McCarran Airport, United States
3. Nice Cote D’Azur Airport, France
4. Barra Airport, Scotland, UK
5. St. Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International), Caribbean
6. Saba Airport (Juancho E Yrausquin), Caribbean Netherlands
7. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada
8. Gibraltar Airport, UK
9. London City Airport, UK
10. Cape Town Airport, South Africa
Previous winners of the annual poll include Nice Cote D’Azur (2014); St. Maarten in the Caribbean (2013) and Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides (2012).
Original article source: CNN
Suffice to say, if you’re not claustrophobic, not prone to regular bathroom breaks, are of smaller stature and have no issues about crowded personal space, the window seat is probably a good selection for you.
Oh, and please, if you sit there, be aware that when it’s a long haul flight, and the sun is coming up with not much to see at 36000 ft, a couple of hours away from the wake up juice, hot flannels and breakfast, please don’t be a complete nob and slide open the shutter for a peep. Gamma rays of blasting light are not a great way to wake the rest of us suffering coach travelers from fitful sleep….Capice?
Have a nice flight…..