Bhutan has only one international airport and it is really really special. On one hand, it is surrounded by peaks and with a natural green scenery that can be really breathtaking, on the other hand, not more than 10 qualified pilots can land planes here.
Gustav III Airport
Well, this one, located on the Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy, will make you excited while you are sitting on the beach and you view airplanes passing really close to you ready to land on the runway (which is 2,100-foot short). Of course there are many accidents, with planes that crashed onto the beach sand.
Sandane Airport, Anda
Located on rugged mountainous terrain, this remote Norwegian airport is also nestled between two fjords, making for a tricky approach.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
Surrounded by steep hills on one side and cliffs on the other, the only airport on the Dutch Caribbean island Saba is also one of the world's scariest. The high possibility of overshooting the runway means that a plane could conceivably end up in the ocean.
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Even though it is one of the world's busiest airports in New York City, it is also one of the scariest runways. In order to approach runway 13L, pilots have to be really precise with their movements. The waters of Jamaica Bay surround the runway, so specific flight patterns are needed in only 5 miles of visibility.
Gibraltar International Airport
What is really weird, with Gibraltar's airport is that it is the only one in the world that has a road running through the middle of it. All cars at Winston Churchill Avenue have to stop for a while when a plane has to take off.
Accidents here are really frequent here (5 in the past 5 years). At the southern end of Nepal's 1,500-foot airstrip in Lukla, the ground drops 2,000 feet into a valley.
The United Kingdom's Barra Airport is one of just a handful of airports in the world where planes land directly on the beach. The airport disappears once the tide comes in from Traigh Mhòr bay. Also, car headlights provide additional lighting in the case of decreased visibility.
It is really difficult to approach the Funchal Airport of the Madeira Islands, since it has water on one side and hills on the other, making for a hard approach.
Princess Juliana International Airport
St. Maarten's short runway means that planes fly extremely low over the adjacent Maho Beach as they descend. The noise and wind is so scary that adrenaline junkies make a point of lining up at the fence adjacent to Runway 10 to see if they can withstand it.
This one is at the French ski town of Courchevel, and the airport has an uphill runway that measures just 1,722 feet. Okay, that sounds okay, but in fact, on the other side of the runway, there is a vertical drop—off the side of the mountain.
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2016.03.03 17:18 Thu