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Orlando Melbourne International Airport ranks No. 1 for most scenic approach

So it might not be the closest airport to Disney, but Orlando Melbourne International Airport can boast it has the prettiest view on landing.

The airport in Brevard County was named one of the Top 10 Most Scenic Airport Landings for 2017 by PrivateFly.com. It was the only U.S. airport to make the list from among thousands in the world. So the airport lays claim to the No. 1 spot in the nation, and No. 8 worldwide.

The view in is not one to scoff at including a descent over the Atlantic Ocean, the beachfront barrier island and the Indian River Lagoon.

The top global airport is Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on the Caribbean island of Saba, which is a territory of the Netherlands south of St. Maarten and north of the commonwealth of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Leeward Islands.

Others in the top 10 globally include London City Airport (LCY) in Great Britain, St. Maarten Airport (SXM) and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ).

“MLB offers an awe-inspiring welcome before you even land, with a warm, coastal headwind accompanied by an endless view of our breathtaking beaches.” said airport Executive Director Greg Donovan. “Depending on where you’re inbound from, you’ll catch sight of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and rocket launch pads, or a Disney ship departing Port Canaveral on its way to the Caribbean.”

The complete list can be found on PrivateFly.com.

The airport has been at odds with Orlando International Airport (MCO) over the use of “Orlando” in its name, a change that began in 2015. It was previously known as just Melbourne International Airport. Its website is TheOrlandoAirport.com.

The airport serves about 500,000 passengers annually and is served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Porter Airlines and Elite Airways with 3 runways, a 200,000-square-foot terminal and customs facility.

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