St. Maarten Airport named Most Stunning Airport Approach in the World by PRIVATEFLY.COM

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 31, 2013) - St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has been named the number one most stunning airport approach by travel fans around the world in's recent Airport Approaches Survey.

The Airport Approaches Survey was conducted in December 2012 on, the leading online booking platform for private aviation charters. SXM airport was selected from a group of airports chosen by a panel of high-profile travel industry experts with travel enthusiasts voting for their favorites.

"We are incredibly proud of our airport in St. Maarten and are appreciative that travelers from around the globe enjoy the one-of-a-kind views that both spectators on the ground and passengers in the sky are afforded at Maho Beach and the Princess Juliana International Airport," said Edward Dest, interim director of tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

SXM airport, located on the scenic shores of Maho Beach, offers passengers on incoming flights breathtaking views of turquoise waters and white sand beaches, while spectators looking to get a unique view of low-flying incoming planes frequent Maho Beach daily.

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St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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