Donegal Airport has been named the most scenic airport in the world according to the 2019 edition of the annual scenic airports poll by PrivateFly.
The Carrickfinn airport beat the likes of Nice Côte d'Azur, Queenstown and St Maarten to win the award.
Describing the approach to Donegal, one voter said: "The view is spectacular! Mountains on one side and a beautiful rugged coastline dotted with islands and golden sandy beaches running adjacent to the runway."
Another insisted: "Most beautiful scenery I ever saw, with the beach on one side with crystal clear water and Mount Errigal standing tall on the other side."
While a third remarked: "There is nowhere as lovely as the wild rugged beauty of unspoiled Donegal."
Stobart Air, which operates the Dublin-Donegal route, congratulated the airport on the accolade.
“This achievement is a great boost for County Donegal and for the airport and is testament to the attractiveness of the county as a destination to visit.
“Maintaining strong connectivity between the capital and Ireland’s regions, while also facilitating links to international destinations through Dublin, is a focus and priority for us. Providing efficient transport links facilitates both business and leisure passengers, domestic and international, to travel and supports tourism to our most popular and scenic destinations.
“In 2018, Stobart Air saw a 11% increase on passenger numbers on the Dublin-Donegal route and we anticipate further growth in 2019, working with the team at Donegal airport.
“Last year, the airline invested €13.8 million in its fleet to purchase a new ATR42-600 aircraft to operate the Donegal–Dublin route. The new aircraft increased capacity to meet growing passenger demand.
“We continue to work with Donegal Airport in developing this service further and look forward to many more future successes.”
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