MORE NIGHTMARE AIRPORTS
Added on: 19th Jan 2015
PARO AIRPORT, BHUTAN
The fact that only eight pilots out of thousands globally are
qualified to land there should tell you the story about this
Himalayan airport. However, if you’re not impressed by the
aforementioned fact you might be impressed learning that
Paro Airport is 1.5 miles above sea level and surrounded by
sharp peaks of up to 18,000 feet, while the runway is just 6,500 feet long.
Lastly, it’s rumoured that the passengers flying to this tiny airport,
which is literally nestled among the steep mountains of the
Himalayas, usually take anti-anxiety meds before the flight
to steady their nerves.
KAI TAK AIRPORT, HONG KONG
This place was considered by many pilots as the planet’s scariest
airport and for that reason it finally closed in 1998. The strong crosswinds
and the surrounding mountains only added to the difficulties of landing
there and at one time this destination was one of the most avoided for
local travellers. They didn’t call it “the mother of all scary airports”
BARRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SCOTLAND
Barra International Airport is truly unique for being the only airport
on the planet where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway.
Yep, you read that right; the beach is set out with three runways
making a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends
which almost always allows Twin Otters to land into the wind.
CONGONHAS AIRPORT, BRAZIL
The dangerous and simultaneously odd thing about this airport is
the fact that it is located only five miles from the city’s downtown.
As every experienced traveller knows, the most populous and
big cities in the world usually construct their airports several miles
away from the city’s centre for safety reasons but apparently
the people of São Paulo didn’t get the memo. As a result, every landing
at this airport becomes a challenge in terms of safety while the
pilots need strong doses of alcohol after the flight to calm
GISBORNE AIRPORT, NEW ZEALAND
It might sound like an overstatement to some but this might be the
craziest and most strangely dangerous airport in the world. Why? See,
the Palmerston North–Gisborne railway line cuts straight across the
airport’s main runway. Yep, you read that correctly: the air traffic controllers
must coordinate take offs and landings with train arrivals among other
things and even though the rail line has recently closed because of
storm damage, the airport is still open and functional but it only
carries freight not people since 2001.
LUKLA AIRPORT, NEPAL
This tiny airport in the town of Lukla, Nepal, is also known as
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, and was rated the most dangerous airport in the
world in 2010 by the History Channel. It is located at an immense height
of 2,900 meters, while its landing strip has a high mountain on one end
and over a thousand metre drop on the other.
COURCHEVEL ALTIPORT, FRANCE
Courchevel Altiport is one of the most dangerous airports in the
world despite serving the rich who want to ski in the French Alps.
Getting to the iconic ski resort of the same name requires
navigating the formidable French Alps before making a hair-raising
landing at Courchevel Airport. The runway is about 1,700 feet long,
but the real surprise is the large hill toward the middle of the strip.
OLD MARISCAL SUCRE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT,
The Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport was the worst nightmare
for pilots, even for the most experienced. To begin with, it was a
high-altitude airport that lay right in the heart of Ecuador’s densely
populated capital, a fact that dramatically increased the risk factors.
Furthermore, the mountainous terrain, the many active volcanoes,
and a valley prone to fog made landing there a mission impossible,
while the icing on the cake was the horrible runway that was known for
being notoriously bumpy. Fortunately, it finally closed and was replaced
by the new Mariscal Sucre International Airport