Added on: 11th Sep 2016
COURCHEVEL ALTIPORT, FRANCE
Perched at a height of over 2,000 metres (almost 6,600ft),
the Courchevel Altiport is an airport serving Courchevel, a ski
resort in the French Alps. Apart from being exposed to the
harsh mountain weather and frequent fogs, the airport is also
notorious for a very short runway (537 metres or 1,762ft)
with a hill in the middle of it.
BARRA AIRPORT, SCOTLAND
Operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, a Scottish
airline company, the Barra Airport is the only airport in the world
to use a beach as the runway. The beach is set out with three
runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles. As the
runways get flooded with the tide, the flight times vary accordingly.
CATALINA AIRPORT, CALIFORNIA, US
Catalina Airport is a privately owned airport located 10 km (6 miles)
northwest of the central business district of Avalon, California
in the middle of Catalina Island. The airport is open to the
public and allows general aviation aircraft to land there but
usually, only experienced pilots fly there as the airport’s
short runway ends with a steep drop off.
QAMDO BAMDA AIRPORT, CHINA
Also known as Changdu Bangda Airport, the Qamdo Bamda
Airport is an airport serving Qamdo, the third largest city in Tibet.
Located at an incredible height of 4,334m (14,219ft), it used
to be the world´s highest airport until 2013. The extreme
altitude can make passengers feel dizzy and even the planes
engines may not perform as well as they usually do.
PARO AIRPORT, BHUTAN
Another airport found high up in the Himalayas, the Paro
Airport is the only international airport in Bhutan. With
surrounding peaks as high as 5,500 metres (18,000ft), the
Paro Airport is considered one of the world’s most challenging
airports. In fact, only a few pilots in the world have been
certified to land at this airport.
TUFI AIRPORT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Serving Tufi, a coastal town located on the peninsula of
Cape Nelson in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, the Tufi
Airport is a little airport operated by PNG Airlines. Currently
featuring just a short dirt runway, the airport has ambitions to
become an international airport connecting Papua New Guinea
AGATTI AERODROME, INDIA
Located on the southern end of the Agatti Island some 460 km
(285 mi) off the west coast of India, the Agatti Aerodrome
is the only airport on the archipelago. Surrounded by the
Indian Ocean’s crystal clear waters, it has just one tiny asphalt
runway which can be a nightmarish experience for even the
most practiced pilots.
SANDANE AIRPORT, NORWAY
Wedged between two massive fjords, the Sandane Airport is a
regional airport serving the town of Sandane in Norway. Apart from
the unfavourable geographical location, planes using this
airport have to deal with gusty winds and severe turbulences,
which makes the Sandane Airport one of the most feared
airports in Europe.