Most Dangerous Airports of the World
6th January, 2024
A summary emphasizing the unique challenges these airports present, combining natural beauty with aviation skill.
Lukla Airport, Nepal
Situated in the Himalayas, this airport has a very short and steep runway, making it a challenging spot for pilots.
Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin
Famous for its approach over a popular beach, resulting in extremely low-flying planes over sunbathers.
Courchevel Airport, France
Located in the ski resort area of the French Alps, it has a short runway with a significant gradient.
Paro Airport, Bhutan
Nestled among the Himalayan mountains at over 7,300 feet, it requires pilots to navigate through a series of valleys.
Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar
Known for its main road intersecting the runway, requiring traffic to stop for takeoffs and landings.
Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
This airport faces severe weather conditions and is surrounded by fjords, making landings tricky.
Madeira Airport, Portugal
Renowned for its runway extension over the ocean, supported by columns, and strong wind shear.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba
One of the shortest commercial runways in the world, flanked by cliffs and a steep drop into the sea.
Barra Airport, Scotland
The world's only beach runway for scheduled flights, operations are affected by tidal conditions.
Toncontín Airport, Honduras
Located in a valley with a short runway and mountainous surroundings, it's a challenge for even the most experienced pilots.