The Great Debate UK
St Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport boasts the world’s most visually appealing landing, according to respondents of a survey.
Private jet bookers PrivateFly.com asked travellers and an expert judging panel for their bucket list of global descents.
Passengers touching down onto the Caribbean island of St Maarten can feel they are landing among the sun-loungers as the descent is just metres from the beach.
“The approach begins over an expanse of blue Caribbean, coming in so low and close to the beach you can almost read the sunbathers’ newspapers below. It literally takes your breath away, says Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly.com.
-Paul Willis is head of aviation at consultancy EC Harris. The opinions expressed are his own.-
It is worrying that a recent study by independent consultancy Frontier Economics has shown that the UK is in danger of missing out on £14billion worth of trade from emerging markets due to its inadequate aviation links. Further research from the British Chamber of Commerce has also revealed that two-thirds of business leaders in Brazil, China, India, South Korea and Mexico are more likely to trade with France, Germany or Holland rather than the UK as they offer more direct flights.
- Rachel Mason is public relations manager at independent financial service providers Fair Investment Company. The opinions expressed are her own. -
Flights to and from the UK may have resumed in part, but the thousands cancelled over the past week as a result of the volcanic ash are estimated to have cost the airline industry 1.1 billion pounds.