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Pilots reveal flights from UK with best views from the Alps to Northern Lights

Mirror logo Mirror 11/06/2019 Julie Delahaye
a close up of an airplane: Thomas Cook Airlines, airplane tail © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Thomas Cook Airlines, airplane tail

Looking out of a plane window, you'll mostly see the blue skies and clouds.

But there are some flight routes from the UK with pretty spectacular views on offer; we're talking entire islands, towering mountains in the Alps and even, on a rare occasion, the Northern Lights!

Now a number of Thomas Cook Airlines' pilots have shared some of their favourite routes to fly, including their tips on where to sit for top views.

Victoria McCarthy, First Officer at the airline said: "As pilots, we are lucky to have the best office window in the world, so when we take our travellers on holiday, we try to use the PA as much as we can to let them know what they can actually see out of the window – not just the routing information.

"It might be an incredible view of Venice, or the Alps – I never take it for granted, so it’s important to me that everyone enjoys the whole flying experience!"

Check out the pilots' top eight routes where you'll want to reserve a window seat...

You can also find out more on the Thomas Cook Airlines blog.

1. Manchester to Tunisia

a view of a snow covered mountain: The Alps on the Manchester to Tunisia route © Thomas Cook Airlines The Alps on the Manchester to Tunisia route

Route: Manchester Airport to Enfidha Hammamet Airport in Tunisia

You'll get to enjoy some pretty spectacular views of the Alps on this route, especially if you're opting for a morning flight according to pilot Jason Ramsey.

For the best views on the way out, try and bag a seat on the left hand side of the plane, but on the way home aim for the right hand side.

2. Manchester to Las Vegas

a close up of a canyon: Views of the Grand Canyon © Thomas Cook Airlines Views of the Grand Canyon

Route: Manchester Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas 

Pilot Dave Crichton picked this route for the two iconic views it offers.

With a flight time of just under 11 hours, you could while away some of the time taking in the spectacular views of the Grand Canyon as you head towards Vegas.

Then of course to get you excited for the trip, the Las Vegas Strip is visible just before landing (so if you're arriving in the evening, that can make for a pretty spectacular view).

3. London to Cape Town

a view of a mountain: London Gatwick to Cape Town © Thomas Cook Airlines London Gatwick to Cape Town

Route: London Gatwick to Cape Town

Table Mountain is hailed as one of Cape Town's best things to see and do, but you can get a sneak peek at the breathtaking landscape before you've even stepped foot in South Africa on this particular flight route.

Pilot Tom Richards says that "early arrival views of Table Mountain are superb".

4. London to Skiathos

a view of water and a mountain in the background: London Stansted to Skiathos International Airport © Thomas Cook Airlines London Stansted to Skiathos International Airport

Route: London Stansted to Skiathos International Airport

Pilot Victoria McCarthy picked this route thanks to the incredible views it offers of the Alps, the Croatian coastline and even some of the Greek Islands.

5. Manchester to San Francisco

a close up of a computer: Views of Greenland © Thomas Cook Airlines Views of Greenland  

Route: Manchester Airport to San Francisco International Airport

Planning a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz during your trip in San Francisco? Fly on this route and you could get a sneak preview of both attractions.

The flight also offers up some pretty unique aerial views of Greenland.

6. Manchester to New York

a close up of a tree © Thomas Cook Airlines  

Route: Manchester Airport to JFK Airport

Get excited for the Big Apple getaway as you arrive towards JFK on this flight and get some unrivalled aerial views of Manhattan Island, complete with New York's iconic skyscrapers.

Arriving at night can be quite something too as the City That Never Sleeps is all lit up, and proves a hit with pilots like Jason Wyatt.

7. London to Oslo

Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights © Thomas Cook Airlines Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights  

Route: London Stansted to Oslo Airport

Seeing the Northern Lights is something that most people won't manage in their lifetime, but if you're heading to Norway to see the Aurora you might want to consider this flight route to give yourself an extra chance.

There are always the picturesque views of the Norwegian Fjords on offer too!

If you don't manage to see the lights, don't be disheartened as there are plenty of places in Norway to see the Northern Lights.

8. London to Orlando

Kennedy Space Center © Thomas Cook Airlines Kennedy Space Center  

Route: London Gatwick to Orlando International Airport

No, you won't quite catch a glimpse of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

But the flight to Orlando from Gatwick does offer up some pretty cool views of the Kennedy Space Center - including its rocket launch pads!

Try and bag a seat on the left side of the plane for some of the best views.

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