Orlando Melbourne International Airport, again, ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most scenic runway approaches.
The Melbourne airport ranked No. 6, according to a recent survey by PrivateFly, a booking platform for private jet charters.
Fans around the world voted for their favorite airport approach, including airport approaches selected by a PrivateFly judging panel.
Ahead of Orlando Melbourne were:
No. 1, Donegal Airport, Ireland
No. 2, Barra Airport, Scotland
No. 3, Nice Airport, France
No. 4, Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
No. 5, Saba Juancho E Yrausquin Airport, Dutch Antilles
Here are the comments that went with Orlando Melbourne International, according to PrivateFly:
- “Beautiful Atlantic Ocean, pristine beaches, Melbourne Eau Gallie bridges and Indian River Lagoon. And if you’re lucky you get to see the Kennedy Space Center complex!”
- “Spectacular views of mainland US, the Intracoastal Waterway waterway, a tropical barrier island and the Atlantic Ocean. Just stunning!”
- “I just flew into MLB at night and it was stunning. I have had other landings there in the daytime — I always get a window seat on these flights!”
“Being the top approach in the USA means a great deal to us,” said Greg Donovan, executive director of Orlando Melbourne International. “It’s our second year in a row to hit the top 10 in the world.
“Passengers lean to look outside their windows on approach to see what all the talk is about,” Donovan said.
The only other U.S. airport to make the list was Miami International Airport, which came in at No. 10.
The news of the PrivateList comes just as Orlando Melbourne International officials officially opened the newly refurbished Runway 5-23.
At a ceremony at the airport on Thursday — attended by area pilots and numerous public officials, Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan and Florida Institute of Technology Chief of Staff Frank Kinney, assisted in dedicating the runway.
For part of the fun, Kuma the dog, sporting his First Officer uniform, prepared for takeoff with Captain Derek Fallon. Following a breakfast in the newly renovated baggage claim area, a ribbon-cutting was held on the runway. Fallon, of Melbourne Flight Training, and “First Officer” Kuma, who is a trained service dog and official “ambassadog” for the airport, were the first to officially take off from Runway 5-23.
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