The world’s scariest airport runways



NEW YORK – If you love to flying in planes than we’ll bet you never ever try to land in these airports, which are not for suitable for heart fainted persons.

These airport will actually make passengers feel a terrible experience. Because many passengers would probably prefer to stay in the air when they see their plane approach one of these terrifying runways, the Daily Mail reported.

At Lukla Airport in Nepal, pilots have to navigate a runway that ends in a terrifying 9,200ft drop, while at Barra Airport in Scotland they have to wait until the tide is out.

Meanwhile, planes fly so close to Maho Beach in St Maarten that you can almost tell the time on the captain’s wrist watch.

And at Paro Airport in Bhutan you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views over the Paro river and the Himalayas – if you can overlook the sharp peaks of up to 18,000ft and severe turbulence


Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal: The airport – which is also known as Lukla Airport – is perched on a mountain ridge and is one of the world’s most dangerous, with a fall of 9,200ft awaiting planes at the end of the runaway. The sloped runway is just 20 metres wide and 460 metres long – less than a tenth of the length of the standard 5,500 metres – and is one of the steepest approach pathways in the world. Oh, and there are no radar or navigation devices…


Barra Airport, Scotland: This tiny airport is one of only two in the world where scheduled flights use the BEACH as a runway. Flight times are dictated by the sea as the runway disappears under water at high tide. On the plus side, it is regularly voted one of the world’s most stunning airports so there is plenty of beautiful scenery to distract you from the fact that you’re about to land on sand. It was made famous in the 1994 film Staggered, starring Martin Clunes, and is often used for location filming..


Paro Airport, Bhutan: This tiny airport nestled among the Himalayan mountains is 1.5 miles above sea level and surrounded by sharp peaks of up to 18,000ft tall. Planes have to weave through the dozens of houses scattered across the mountainside and face strong winds that whip through the valleys, often causing severe turbulence. If passengers can overlook all of this, they’ll notice that the views over the Paro river and the lush green Himalayas are breathtaking.


Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong: With a perilous runway that jutted out into the sea, and an alarmingly steep descent through skyscrapers and mountains, this airport was seen as as one of the most dangerous in the world. It was the site of many an aborted landing and several crashes but was luckily closed in 1998.


Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba: Blink and you’ll miss it! The tiny runway on this Caribbean island is perched on the edge of a cliff and – at only 400 metres long – is reputed to be the shortest commercial air strip in the world so landing here has become a bit of an art form.


Courchevel Airport, France: Perched on the side of a cliff 6588ft up in the French Alps, this airport famously featured in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Pilots have to navigate its short, uphill runway that ends in a terrifying vertical drop. And then there’s all that ice and snow, plus the odd blizzard to contend with. Luckily, the average holidaymaker won’t have to experience this heart-in-mouth take-off as only private planes can land here.


Gibraltar International Airport: The runway at this airport stretches less than 2,000 metres and is intersected by a MAIN ROAD. The traffic on Winston Churchill Avenue, which heads towards the land border with Spain, has to be halted every time a plane takes off or lands. In 2010, The History Channel’s programme Most Extreme Airports ranked it as the most dangerous airport in Europe.



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