PrivateFly Most Scenic Airport Judges 2018

Each year, PrivateFly runs a "Most Scenic Airport Landings Poll" to discover the most beautiful airport approach of the year - from beach runways, to mountain-top airports and airport approaches across stunning city skylines.

This year, we asked a panel of expert judges from across the travel industry to nominate their favourite airport approaches for the airport poll. Meet the 2018 judges and see their picks:

Henry Conway

Henry Conway is a cultural commentator and branding expert. Known to the public as a columnist and TV personality, he is perhaps best known for being London's 'prince of nightlife' helping found Mahiki, amongst opening many of London's best nightspots. His parties have attracted such luminaries as Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Dita Von Teese, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On television, he competed on Channel 4’s celebrity skiing programme The Jump, and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky News, and MTV.

Henry's Pick:

  • Innsbruck Airport
Carol Cork

Carol Cork

Prior to launching PrivateFly as co-founder in 2008, Carol worked in the media, including several roles at Conde Nast. She brings extensive experience and understanding of luxury travel brands.

Carol's Pick:

  • Geneva Airport
Tiffany Dowd

Tiffany Dowd

Tiffany Dowd is a global luxury hotel expert and luxury travel influencer known as "Luxe Tiffany" and founder and president of Luxe Social Media.

Tiffany's Pick:

  • Cape Town Airport
Doug Gollan

Doug Gollan

Doug Gollan is founder and Editor-In-Chief of DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners, and privatejetcardcomparisons.com, an independent buyer’s guide comparing over 100 jet card membership program by 65 variables.

Doug's Pick:

  • JFK Airport
Julien Ibsaiene

Julien Ibsaiene

Julien, better known by the pseudonym Tyler Birth, is the founder of the Travelers Club, the first French blog to discuss topics related to customer experience aboard aircraft. Consultant and passionate about loyalty programs of airlines and hotel chains, he travels around the globe with a hundred flights per year.

Julien and his entire team provide readers of The Travelers Club with reports focusing on the airline and upscale hotel sector, while presenting their novelties.

Julien's Pick:

  • Hong Kong International Airport
Rohit Jaggi

Rohit Jaggi

Rohit Jaggi is an aviation, motorcycle and automotive writer who holds fixed-wing and helicopter licences. Having worked for the Financial Times for more years than he cares to remember, in a number of capacities, he is now combining writing with adding even more ratings to his licences.

Rohit's Pick:

  • Katukurunda Airport
Pilot Patrick

Pilot Patrick

Pilot Patrick started flying as a private jet pilot on a Citation XLS+, and recently started flying the Airbus A300-600. 

He is very active on social media, where he shares his flights and adventures with his followers. He also writes a blog about aviation, travel and lifestyle.

Patrick's Pick:

  • Nice Airport
Bonnie Rakhit

Bonnie Rakhit

Bonnie Rakhit is founder and editor of The Style Traveller voted in the UK's top 10 luxury travel blogs by Vuelio, Tripadvisor and more. She was also voted in the London Evening Standards Top 10 influencers on Instagram 2017. 

Follow Bonnie's travels on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @bonnierakhit and on Facebook and Pinterest on TheStyleTraveller

Bonnie's Pick:

  • St Barts Airport
Miquel Ross

Miquel Ros

Miquel Ros is an aviation blogger and consultant. An economist by background, Miquel has worked for the Aeroflot Group, Flightglobal and Bloomberg. In addition to covering the airline industry for CNN, AirInsight and Allplane.tv, Miquel runs his own consultancy practice providing marketing and business development services to the the aviation and technology industries.

Miquel's Pick:

  • Barcelona Airport
Ana Silva O’Reilly

Ana Silva O’Reilly

Ana Silva O’Reilly is the Mrs. O behind award-winning luxury travel blog Mrs. O Around the World, which is now 6 years old and renowned for sharing stunning destinations, tips and tricks and insights into the best places to eat, drink, shop and everything in between. 

True to her mother’s motto, if she leaves home, it has to be better - and each travel experience begins the minute the leaves home, so everything counts. A city girl at heart, she moved to the quiet English countryside for love, and lives her travel dreams through her award-winning alter-ego and travel blog.

Ana's Pick:

  • Male Airport
Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

CEO & Founder Nicole Smith developed Flytographer as the "First to Market" online marketplace for travelers and local photographers in 2013. In just four years, Nicole has grown Flytographer into a multi-million dollar business, with global brand partnerships. 

Nicole was named one of PROFIT Magazine's 2016 "W100 Rising Stars: Five Women to Watch", and featured in Mashable's "Eight Women Shattering the Travel Industry's Glass Ceiling".

Nicole's Pick:

  • Vancouver International Airport
Flavien Tete

Flavien Tete

Flavien, passionate about aeronautics and passenger experience, is the co-founder of Flight-Report.com - the first community-based air travel sharing platform with more than 18,000 stories written by nearly 10,000 contributors.

With more than 60 flights a year, Flavien spends much of his time in the air or at airport lounges, and has tested the majority of major airlines. A long-haul flight for him is synonymous with a full flat seat and a glass of champagne in hand!

Flavien's Pick:

  • Praslin Island Airport
Adam Twidell

Adam Twidell

Adam is the CEO and co-founder of PrivateFly. After 10 years as a RAF pilot, Adam moved to flying private jets before starting PrivateFly, and has enjoyed a variety of airplane approaches around the world as both an airplane pilot and passenger.

Adam's Pick:

  • Miami International Airport
Bruce Wallin

Bruce Wallin

Robb Report editorial director and resident travel expert Bruce Wallin has led the development for the luxury media brand since 2003. More recently, he was instrumental in the lauded redesign of Robb Report and the introduction of a number of editorial franchises, including the annual Travel Issue and the Leaders of Luxury video series. 

Wallin began his media career as cofounder and editor of Trip, a national magazine for adventurous young travelers. During his tenure at Robb Report, he has represented the brand as a speaker at travel and media conferences worldwide and as an expert source for media outlets ranging from The Street to CNN.

Bruce's Pick:

  • El Tupal International Airport
Adam Twidell

Benet Wilson

Benét J. Wilson is founder and sole proprietor of Aviation Queen LLC, an aviation/travel freelance writing, multimedia and consulting business. She is a long-time aviation/travel journalist and blogger, who is currently the Senior Editor at Airport Business magazine and the Air Travel Expert for About.com. 

She has written for publications and blogs including USA Today, AirwaysNews.com, LoungeReview.com, Jetrader magazine, the Runway Girl Network, Eater, Tnooz, Airport World and the Airline Passenger Experience magazine.

Benet's Pick:

  • St Maarten Airport

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