The World's Most Risky Airports for Runway Thrills!
The World's Most Risky Airports for Runway Thrills!
Updated on August 17, 2022 14:46 PM by Laura Mendes
When planning a trip, we consider many factors, including the flights, the accommodations, etc., even the small details, like what is offered at the airport. But we've never looked into the airport's importance. The idea of an adventure starts at the airport itself with this list of the most dangerous airports in the world. You will be saying more prayers while landing at one of these riskiest airports due to the iced runways and table-top landings!
Lukla Airport (LUA), Nepal
In honor of the first two climbers of Mount Everest, the Lukla Airport in Nepal, which is situated in Khumbu's Solukhumbu District, was renamed Tenzing-Hillary Airport in January 2008. Mountain climbers frequently use this Nepalese airport. For more than 20 years running, the airport has consistently been ranked as the most dangerous airport in the world. The airport is 8,000 feet above sea level (2,438 meters). The airport has very little electricity, very short takeoff and landing runways, and essentially no modern air traffic control technology. The landing is challenging because the pilot must maneuver through the hilly area in blustery winds with dwindling visibility. Due to its proximity to Mount Everest's base camp, Lukla Airport is reputed to be the highest airport.
Courchevel Airport (CVF), France
With only 537 meters, this French airport has one of the shortest runways in the entire world. The airport is situated among mountains because it serves travelers who want to ski in the Alps. In order for the plane to slow down during landing, pilots must also maneuver around these mountains.
Toncontin International Airport (TGU), Honduras
The Honduran city of Tegucigalpa's Toncontn International Airport, also known as Teniente Coronel Hernán Acosta Mejia Airport, is situated 6 kilometres from the city centre. The airport serves the military and the general public. In the History Channel program "Most Extreme Airports," this hazardous airport was added to the list of the most dangerous airports.
The pilot must take special precautions to avoid running into the mountains because the airport is located in a mountainous area. The plane abruptly stops due to the runway's short length.
Barra International Airport (BRR), Scotland
The Barra International Airport also referred to as Barra Eollgary Airport, is located in Scotland at the northernmost point of Barra island in the bay of Traigh Mhr. This uniquely dangerous airport has a short runway and uses the beach as its runway; it is unquestionably the only airport in the world to do so.
Agatti Aerodrome (AGX), Lakshadweep, India
The Agatti Airport is situated on the southernmost point of Agatti Island in the union territory of Lakshadweep. It is the only airport in Lakshadweep. It serves 36 nearby Indian tourist islands, of which Agatti Aerodrome is a strip of land in the clear waters. Only 4,000 feet long, the strip is a dangerous location.
Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
Until 1998, Kai Tak served as Hong Kong's main international airport before being closed and replaced by Hong Kong International Airport.
Due to the constantly blowing crisscross winds, it is one of the scariest airports, with dangerous landings and takeoffs. The airport is made even scarier by the fact that it is surrounded by a hilly area, earning it a spot on the list of the world's most dangerous airports!
Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), Saint Martin
Princess Juliana International Airport is the primary airport serving the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. This airport is one of the riskiest airports in the world because it only has a 7000-foot landing strip, which is insufficient for a regular or large plane. Additionally, this airport is among the busiest airports. The planes barely escape detection from the ground as they fly over a beach and some roads before landing.
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), Thailand
One of the two international airports serving Bangkok is Don Mueang International Airport. This airport, formerly known as the Bangkok International Airport, is another risky airport because it is sandwiched between two golf courses.
Congonhas Airport (CGH), Brazil
The Congonhas Airport in Brazil, also known as Sao Paulo Airport, is the second busiest airport in the country and serves Sao Paulo. The airport is risky because of the slick runway, which has resulted in several accidents. But new runways with grooving to catch extra rainwater are being constructed.
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Wellington International Airport (WLG), New Zealand
Formerly known as Rongotai Airport, Wellington International Airport is now a part of Wellington, the nation's capital and largest city. The runway of Wellington International Airport is only 6,351 feet long and is located 5.5 kilometers to the southeast of the city center. Its path appears to begin and end in bodies of water. In order to avoid the nearby bodies of water, the pilot must be precise about where to land and take off.
Kansai International Airport (KIX), Japan
The Kansai International Airport is a Japanese airport that is situated 38 kilometers from Osaka Station on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, off the Honshu coast. Renzo Piano, an Italian architect, created this airport on an artificial island because the land is expensive and hard to come by. Kansai, which opened on September 4th, 1994, was the perfect answer to the Osaka International Airport's overcrowding. The Osaka International Airport, located closer to Osaka, now only handles domestic flights. The airport is exposed to many risks, including earthquakes and cyclones, due to the artificial island of Kansai, which is 4 km long and 2.5 km wide. However, those are not the only issues. According to reports, sea levels are predicted to rise due to global warming over the next four to five decades, causing the airport to engulf the sea.
Gibraltar International Airport (GIB), Gibraltar
The civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar is Gibraltar International Airport, also referred to as the North Front Airport. The fact that the runway of the airport runs through Winston Churchill Avenue, the busiest road on the island that leads to the Spanish border, makes it one of the world's most dangerous airports. Every time a plane takes off, the vehicles must come to a stop. There are barriers and signals to regulate the movement of the vehicles on that road.
Ice Runway (NZIR), Antarctica
The main runway for the US Antarctic Program is Ice Runway in Antarctica. The runway can accommodate medium- and large-sized aircraft. But the lack of a true runway is the issue. The planes touch down on carefully groomed snow and ice. To prevent any accidents, the planes must land gently to ensure that no cracks form in the paved road.
Svalbard Airport (LYR), Norway
The primary airport serving Svalbard in Norway is Svalbard Airport, Longyear. This airport, which is 3 kilometers (1.6 nautical miles) north of Longyearbyen, is the most northerly airport in the world for regularly scheduled commercial flights. Throughout World War II, the first airport close to Longyearbyen was built. Runways at airports are constructed directly on thick, permanent ice. The airport needs to be regularly repaired and maintained due to the seasonal melting of ice. The airport, which was finished in 1975, underwent significant repairs in 1989 to address the majority of the issues resulting from anomalies brought on by global warming. However, a study demonstrates that the effects of global warming will soon cause significant distortion of the track, necessitating its closure.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB), Saba
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is an airport on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba named after their minister. With only 400 meters of runaway, this airport has one of the shortest commercial runways in the world. The runaway is surrounded by hills on one side and the ocean on the other. Travelers and tourists frequently put their lives in danger to reach the island because it is a true paradise. It goes without saying that the short runway makes it impossible for large aircraft to land, but it also makes landing for smaller aircraft challenging.
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Madeira Airport, Portugal
The small island of Madeira is situated in the Portuguese sea. The Madeira Airport, which is also known colloquially as Funchal Airport, is situated 13.2 kilometers from Funchal in Santa Cruz. In honor of the renowned football player who was born on this island, Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport was rebranded and given that name on March 29, 2017. This area, a relatively small runway, was constructed using pillars to accommodate common requirements. The runway, which was once infamous for its diminutive size, has since grown; in 2000, it measured 2,781 meters (9,124 feet), nearly doubling its original length. The island's severe weather makes landing and taking off from an airplane very risky.