Seeing the world from the clouds and traveling to foreign places is always a magical experience. You might have heard about the busiest, the best, and the biggest airports, but I bet you haven’t heard about the most dangerous, hazardous airports. Landing in such airports still presents a problem for even the most experienced pilots. WOW! That would require quite some skills right?
Our top 10 picks were:
1. Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin
MIND BLOWING! Due to a short runway and being extremely close to the shore, the giant jets fly over the heads of the tourists laying on the beach!! The airport is located in Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin.
2. Courchevel Altiport, France
Serving the uber rich who want to ski the Alps, this incredibly short runway has a ski mogul in the middle of it. Courchevel Altiport is home to an extremely short uphill runway with a vertical drop at the end.
3. Congonhas Airport, Brazil
Located just 5 miles from the center of downtown Sao Paulo. Apparently pilots need strong doses of alcohol after their flight to calm themselves down. Haha!
4. Madeira Airport, Madeira Island
Located on the island of Madeira (Portugal), this international airport has a short runway and is surrounded by ocean on one side and high mountains on the another.
5. Lukla Airport, Nepal
A small airport in the town of Lukla, Nepal. Its landing strip has a high mountain on one end and a thousand meter drop on the other!! YIKES!!!!
6. Paro Airport, Bhutan
Paro, the only airport in Bhutan, is in the Bhutanese Himalayas. With only eight pilots qualified to land at this Himalayan airport, no wonder passengers take anti-anxiety meds before landing!!
7. Kansai International Airport, Osaka Japan
Located on a man made island, Kansai airport is large enough to be viewed from space. It faces earthquakes, cyclones, and an unstable seabed.
8. Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar
With a major road running through the middle, traffic has to stop for every plane that lands, so you’ll see motorists waiting to cross as your aircraft arrives!
9. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong was seen as the ultimate test of a pilots skills. Once called the mother of all scary airports, it was shut down in 1998 after pilots couldn’t stand it anymore.
10. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island
Only fit for the smallest of planes, and even they often come VERY close to falling over the edge!! This airport is located on Saba island in the Caribbeans.