A flying visit to Donegal – the World’s Most Scenic Airport 2018

Earlier this year Donegal Airport was named the World’s Most Scenic Airport 2018 in PrivateFly’s annual poll of the world’s most stunning runways. See the World’s Most Scenic Airports 2018.

And a couple of weeks’ ago, our European Marketing Manager Charlotte was excited to experience this once-in-a-lifetime landing for herself when she flew in to make the official presentation to the airport’s team.


PrivateFly’s Marketing Manager Charlotte captured this view on approach to Donegal.

It was wonderful to hear how much it means to them to receive this recognition (which included media coverage from all over the world, such as CNN, the Daily Mail and Lonely Planet).

And while it is spectacular, the appeal of Donegal is by no means confined to its aerial view. A growing number of tourists to the area – which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way in Western Ireland – are discovering its many charms every year.

Donegal Airport award presentation

Charlotte from PrivateFly (in red) presents the award to Donegal Airport’s chairman Michael McLoone and the rest of the airport team.

In addition to its dramatic landscapes and seascapes, the area has a fascinating culture and rich history; plus a growing reputation for outdoor adventure activities and sport. There is world-renowned sea stack climbing on its enormous cliffs and, on the day we visited, the airport was also hosting a celebration for the launch of Carrickfinn Sports field, next door to the runway.

This increasing visibility and tourism demand, combined with further investment in aviation routes and infrastructure, means Donegal will only continue to make its mark with travellers from all over the world in the years ahead.

Donegal Airport view

Thanks to its use as a filming location for high profile TV & film projects – including Game of Thrones and Star Wars – tourism is increasing from the USA and further afield, as well as from the UK and the rest of Europe.

How much does it cost to fly to Donegal by private aircraft?

Donegal’s runway is suitable for private charter for turboprop aircraft, and some smaller jets and regional airliners.

A private charter flight from London starts from £12,500 in a King Air turboprop (2-night return).

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For private charter pricing to Donegal from any global destination, or for advice from our team, contact us or call +44 (0)20 7100 6960.