Though planes are amongst the safest modes of travel, yet there are some airports in the world which will make your journey more challenging than others.
- Gibraltar International, Gibraltar, South Europe
It’s probably the most extreme airport due to its unusual design feature making it strangely dangerous. The main road in the region crosses the runway and has to be shut down as a plane lands. There’s a stoplight on the street indicating the cars to stop, though the airport has witnessed several close calls.
- Wellington International Airport, New Zealand (IATA: WLG, ICAO: NZWN)
Wellington International Airport has a one-lane 6,351-foot runway. The astonishing part is it seems to begin and end in the water. Yes, you read it right!
The intricate passageway via the mountainous region is quite famous for its gusty winds making it notably challenging to manage landings. And once you deplane, you’ll be mopped up by the hurricane-force blows. Not less than an adventure!
- Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland (IATA: UAK, ICAO: BGBW)
Nowhere ever on the planet will a pilot need to battle with the mixed circumstances as exist at this dangerous airport of Greenland.
It possesses short runways engulfed in ice, severe winds, frigid temperatures, and low visibility because of heavy snow along with the ash clouds from close by active volcanoes. All these factors make landing difficult. Good times! Something not for the faint of heart.
- Lukla Airport (also known as Tenzing–Hillary Airport), Lukla, Nepal (IATA: LUA, ICAO: VNLK)
Before you embark on the challenging trekking days in Nepal, this airport will give you a good start.
One end of the tiny and very high Lukla Airport descends off in a 2000 mile cliff. Also, the runways are short with poor electricity, which usually creates trouble for pilots contacting the air controllers on the ground. Thus, they may have to ground the plane without assistance.
Still, it’s one of the busiest airports in the world – all thanks to numerous trekkers that visit this country.
- Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island, Caribbean Netherlands (IATA: SAB, ICAO: TNCS)
When we are talking about dangerous airports on the Earth, not counting Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport doesn’t make a sense.
This airport is established on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba, about 45 km south of St. Maarten. It features a runway of merely 400 m, which makes it the smallest commercial airport runway in the world. Further, the landing strip seems not less unbelievable as it’s regarded as one of the most dangerous airports to touchdown. This runway is a tricky game for even the most proficient pilots around.
- Madeira Airport (also known as Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo), Portugal (IATA: FNC, ICAO: LPMA):
This airport terminal has a platform extension build on a human-made island to expand its size with around 180 pillars holding this platform in place. Additionally, the mountains and ocean surround the airport that engineers have already extended twice.
Also known as Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, it’s the fourth largest airport in Portugal. The terminal experiences strong winds, boosting the danger of landing even more on its narrow platform. To land on this dangerous airport, pilots need to go through extra training for safer grounding.
Also read: The World’s Most Unusual Airports.
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