List of Most Dangerous Airports In the world
Airports are probably supposed to be a safe place and the only place meant for commercial planes to take off, but one might just simply not count these seven airports which are supposed to be the most dangerous airports in the world:
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1. Lukla Airport, Nepal
This is said to be the most dangerous airport in the world and since it is just about 45 minutes away from Kathmandu, it is also the busiest airport in the country.
Not many are aware, but the airport was built by the famous mountaineer Edmund Hillary in 1964, and the runway is just 527 metres long and another major hassle is that it is 9500 metres above sea level, which means that a higher altitude leads to a lower air density, resulting and forcing the pilot to land at faster speeds.
2. Princess Juliana International Airport , St. Martin
There is a beach right near the runway and hence watching a plane fly or land at this airport is an intriguing visual sight. The airport served as a military strip in 1942 and the runway is only 2179 metres long which makes landing very difficult.
The airport serves as a very busy airport for the surrounding islands as well.
3. Paro Airport, Bhutan
Only eight pilots are qualified to fly and take off from this airport in Bhutan , so that gives you an idea of how dangerous it is.
The runway is only 1981 metres long and is surrounded by steep Himalayan mountains. Flights at this airport are only allowed during the day time and planes have to go through quite a steep descent.
4. Mc Murdo air station, Antarctica
Not exactly a runway for a public aircraft, it is still on this list due to the dangerous conditions that surround it.
The runway is made up of ice which means it is extremely icy, and risky of course. In 1970, a bad crash happened here and the lack of natural light makes landing very difficult.
5. Courchevel International Airport in France
At 525 metres, it is one of the shortest runways in the world. The runway is built amongst the alps and it makes the pilot fly through steep mountain peaks to land, making it extremely dangerous.
6. Madeira Airport, Portugal
You must have heard of stilt parking, but this airport has a runway made on stilts on an ocean.
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7. Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
The conditions here are similar to the airport in Antarctica since the ice factor is common here. The runway is only 1800 metres long and that makes landing and take-off very difficult.
Have you ever travelled to any of these very dangerous airports around the globe? How was the experience? We definitely think it’s got to be quite scary and intriguing at the same time.
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