10 most extreme airports in the world

10 most extreme airports in the world

10. Juancho E. Irausquin Airport (Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport)
Saba Island
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Getting to this amazingly beautiful Caribbean island is not so easy, but all because of the runway, the length of which is only 396 meters - which is just a little longer than most of the runways on aircraft carriers. The incredibly short airstrip is surrounded by high cliffs, and is dangerously close to a steep slope that leads directly into the ocean.

For these reasons, this airport is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Incorrect assessment of the pilot during takeoff can send the plane straight into the abyss. Large planes avoid this airport for obvious reasons, but even for very small planes, such as the Cessna, landing is a difficult task, especially in bad weather conditions. Well, at least everyone knows that it is to blame for the constant decline in tourism on the island.

9. Chandu Banda Airport (Qamdo Bamda Airport)
Tibet
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Chandu Banda Airport is the highest airport in the world, more than 4,330 meters above sea level. In addition to the height of the airport, it still strikes almost 5.5-kilometer runway.

A runway with a length of sixty football fields may seem overkill, but obviously, the length of the runway is crucial in order to make a safe landing at high altitudes. When the plane starts to descend to an area located at sea level, at a speed of 241 kilometers per hour, in order for it to completely stop, it requires a runway at least 1524 meters long. But when he sits on an area located at an altitude of more than 4,330 meters above sea level, the length of the runway needed to stop him completely should be twice as long.

Traveling at high altitudes can actually be extremely dangerous and travelers should be aware of the danger before they even fly to such places.

8. Gustaf III Airport (Gustaf III Airport)
Saint Barthélemy
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The small airport of Gustav III, on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy, exposes both pilots and passengers to quite serious dangers.The track, on which the runway was built, is incredibly narrow, and the planes approaching at landing are frighteningly close to the slopes of the surrounding territory, which creates the risk of the plane falling into the ocean at each landing.

This YouTube video perfectly illustrates what you have to go through if something goes wrong while landing. It is good that at least in this case no one received even minor injuries.

7. Icy Runway (Ice Runway)
Antarctica (Antarctica)
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The dangers of the ice runway are most likely related to the extreme weather conditions that the pilot has to contend with than with the layout or location of the airport itself. The icy runway is one of the three largest airstrips used to transport scientists and food to the Antarctic station McMurdo Station. As its name suggests, there are no tarmac roads here - just long strips of carefully cleared ice and snow.

There is no shortage of space on the ice runway, so even a huge plane can land here relatively easily.The difficulty is to land the aircraft so that its weight, combined with the weight of its cargo, does not break the ice and that the plane does not get stuck in soft snow. As soon as the ice on this runway begins to crack, the airplanes are redirected to Pegasus Field and Williams Field, the other two runways serving the station.

6. Courchevel Airport (Courchevel Airport)
France
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The city of Courchevel in the French Alps is one of the most famous ski resorts in Europe, but, apparently, the city owes much of its fame to its airport, which is located in the mountains. Courchevel Airport is famous not only for its incredibly high and strange location, but also because it played an important role in the James Bond film, “Tomorrow Will Never Die Never,” in which Mr. Bond successfully landed the plane at an extremely dangerous airport.

5. Barra International Airport
Scotland
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It is quite possibly the only airport in the world that also serves as a beach. The takeoffs and landings at Barra airport occur on the same sand, which people walk outside during the airport.And that's not all: at high tide in the evening, the lighting from the headlights of all cars passing by helps the pilot to land the plane. For those who just want to enjoy a romantic walk along the beach, warning signs have been put informing people about all the aircraft arrivals expected in the near future.

Believe it or not, Barra is still officially recognized by the Air Traffic Organization (International Air Traffic Organization) international airport, and it seems that any logical or rational proposals are not taken into account by the authorities. We can only hope that they are better aware of all the intricacies of such an airport location!

4. Tonkotin International Airport (Toncontin International Airport)
Honduras
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In Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, you can land at one of the most dangerous and notorious airports in the world. He served as the subject of trials after several accidents, including a plane crash that occurred in 2008 and killed five passengers. This airport was opened in 1934, when the planes were less powerful and did not need such long runways.

The length of the runway Tonkotina is slightly more than 2133 meters, and it is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. And what is even more incredible - at the moment the danger of this airport is that it has only one runway and one landing strip for airplanes, which significantly increases the risk of accidents. Despite all these high-risk factors, large aircraft such as the Boeing 757 land on a daily basis at this airport.

3. Tenzing-Hillary Airport
Nepal
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Originally, this airport was called Lukla (Lukla Airport), but later it was renamed Tenzing and Hillary Airport to honor the memory of the first people who reached the summit of Mount Everest. Located in Lukla, Nepal, the airport serves thousands of climbers hoping to “conquer” Everest, as well as mountaineering enthusiasts wishing to explore the Everest region.

Among the dangers of this airport you can list strong winds and strong clouds - but these are not the scariest factors. As in the case of Gustav III Airport, one of the ends of the runway at Tenzing and Hillary Airport ends in high terrain, only instead of the beautiful sandy beach at the other end, you are expected to fall down 609 meters.

There have already been several accidents at this airport, and the last one occurred on October 12, 2010.

2. Madeira Airport
Portugal
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When Madeira International Airport was first opened in 1964, the length of each of its two main airstrips did not exceed 1600 meters.

After a horrific accident in 1977, during which the landing Boeing 727 crashed on a stone bridge and ended up on the beach, one of the runways was extended by 200 meters. In the early 2000s, the runway was lengthened even more, and now it passes through the beach, and rests on columns.

Even taking into account the fact that the runway was extended, the most usual landing is still not an easy task even for the most experienced pilots. Contrary to all their instincts, and in order to set the correct course for the aircraft to land, pilots must first direct the aircraft to the obscure outlines of the mountain and then quickly deviate to the left to avoid colliding with the mountain.

1. Gibraltar Airport (Gibraltar Airport)
Gibraltar
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The airport of Gibraltar is not only one of the most dangerous airports in the world, but also one of the busiest (especially compared to other dangerous airports on this list).Regardless of how incredible it may sound, the route of this airport actually passes through the main street of the city.

Vehicles are forced to stop each time the plane lands or takes off. Even more surprising is the fact that there has never been a single major accident here - and we hope that they will not happen here.

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