Often landing (or take-off) offers very beautiful sights over travel destinations.

Knowing this would be a great way to start a travel. Unfortunately, I've lost this oportunity, several times for ignorance. One is either tired, focused on something else or just picked the wrong sit for that particular flight loosing the beautiful views.

I was wondering if there is a ranking or a guide with the airports offering the most beautiful landings ?

From such list I would expect information like what you can see. This probably is dependent on the landing/take off direction but such information could also be there.

I googled the question before posting here. There are many articles about it, but most offer a limited amount of airports (around 20); The information is a bit poor and the articles are more about showing pictures than actually giving real information.

most beautiful landings

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    On a very clear summer day there's nothing comparable to going into finals at Nuuk Airport. But that's an opinion, and quite probably all anyone else can offer. So voting, sorry :(
    – Gayot Fow
    Nov 25, 2016 at 19:10
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    There is nothing opinion-based about the question. A guide either is or isn't about beautiful landings, just like a guide either is or isn't about Rome or London. And such guides either exist or do not exist. If they do, there can't be many of them and they could certainly be listed in a comprehensive and completely objective answer. The fact that the author would be expressing value judgments in said guide is neither here nor there. I therefore voted to reopen the question.
    – Relaxed
    Nov 25, 2016 at 20:11
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    @pnuts Beauty may be subjective, but the existence or nonexistence of a guide is factual. Nov 25, 2016 at 21:42
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    Related: Is there a resource about panoramic views at take-off/landing? (disclaimer: it's my Q)
    – mts
    Nov 25, 2016 at 22:08
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    Complication: the "beauty" depends a lot on weather, time of day, which runway and which direction. BOS for example has six different landing directions and associated approaches. Coming in over the harbor islands at sunset is gorgeous. Coming in on rainy day over Everett and Chelsea is dull and boring.
    – Hilmar
    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:05

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A friend of mine published his top five here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/27496732-post19.html


Just to get the ball rolling, here's a guide to the most beautiful airports (per se) in the world ...


so, that's not exactly what you're asking ("guide to most beautiful outlook as you land/takeoff") but it's a start.

Secondly, here's a major UK newspaper's list of exactly what you are asking,

"The most beautiful airport approaches in the world..."


Finally here's a discussion by pilots on the issue ...


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