The best private airstrips in Europe

Cut your travel time by flying direct to these destinations

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Journeying by private jet is now an easier and more accessible option than ever before, thanks in part to companies such as Jetfly that offer fractional ownership schemes that can be tailored to each individual’s needs. Customers can purchase shares that translate to a number of flying hours, while all details of the flight – from transfers to the on-board experience – are catered for. One of the biggest advantages, however, is access to small runways that are otherwise unavailable to larger aircraft, giving quick and easy routes to unusual locations, from high-altitude resorts to remote countryside. Here, we look at some of the best places to touch down in Europe.

Dornoch Runway, Scotland

Make a quick escape to the remote Scottish Highlands and pay a visit to picturesque Dornoch, home to some of the region's finest beaches and wildlife, not to mention its world-class reputation for golf. One of the best places to tee off is at nearby Skibo Castle's 18-hole Championship course, which is open to the public during the summer months. Regular visitors, however, will benefit from applying to become a member of the Carnegie Club, which will afford them access to the destination's other upscale facilities including luxurious accommodation and high-end cuisine that makes the most of the local produce.

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Courchevel 1850, France

A trip to Courchevel often necessitates lengthy, hours-long transfers from the nearest major airport. This tiny airstrip, however, will place you right at the heart of this popular resort, where you can disembark from your plane and ski straight to your chalet or hotel. Best for confident flyers, there are strict restrictions on who can use the runway due to its short length and steep approach.

Venice-Lido Airport, Italy

This small, Italian aerodrome is worth a visit in itself; step out into its historic terminal, dating back to 1935, to be greeted by stunning Art Deco interiors decorated with aeronautical murals by Futurist artist Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni). The centre of Venice itself is just a short and scenic boat ride away.

Megeve, France

Founded around a historic village, in addition to its Michelin stars and top-class sporting facilities this chic ski resort in the south east of France oozes traditional charm. Skip the journey from Geneva Airport and charter a private jet to drop you at Megeve Altiport, just three miles to the south east of the main commune.

Goodwood Aerodrome, England

Goodwood Estate was built by the first Duke of Richmond to entertain guests, and to this day hosts some of the most important dates on the social calendar, from the high-octane Festival of Speed to its annual horseracing competition. Arrive in style by flying straight to the aerodrome housed within its 12,000-acre grounds. Used as a training base from 1940, from which RAF pilots learned to fly Hurricanes and Spitfires, today it is still home to a flying school, which runs helicopter and vintage plane experiences.

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