Today we want to achieve everything in our life so quickly, same goes with long and tiring journey. That is why we use airplanes to cover a long distance journey in a short span of time. But did you know there are some of the airports in the world that are so dangerous for landing as well take off. So this time we compiled a list of top 10 most dangerous airports in the world. Hope you like this article.
10. Congonhas Airport – Sao Paulo, Brazil
The tenth position on our list of top ten most dangerous airports is acquired by the “Congonhas Airport”. This airport is one of three commercial airports serving Sao Paulo, Brazil and is located only 5 miles from the city center. Here, the pilots have to make some hair raising landings and take off’s, as the plane negotiate Sao Paulo’s downtime sky scrappers.
9. Toncontin International Airport
The Toncontin International Airport serves both civilian and military aircraft. This airport is situated in a valley 3294 feet (1004 m) above sea level and extremely close to mountain terrains. Due to the mountainous terrain, pilots have to make a rapid descend before landing at the Toncontin international Airport.
8. Madeira Airport – Santa Catarina, Santa
This airport is located near the city of Funchal on the Portugese island of Madeira. The airport was better known for its short runway, which is surrounded by ocean and high mountains, which disturbed some of the skilled pilots during landing.In the year 2000, the runway was extended to 2781 m (9124 ft) almost doubling the size of the original runway.
7. Barra Airport – Scotland
Barra Airport is yet another small runway international airport situated in the island of Barra, Scotland. One of the most unique feature of this airport is that it uses beach as the runway. There are three runways marked by the wooden poles, which can get submerged in water during high tides. Though this airport is not used for night landings, but during an emergency, this airport uses vehicle lights to mark the runways for landing.
6. Courchevel Airport, France
The Courchevel Airport is located in the French Alps Mountains. The runway of this airport is so short for landing and even has no specific procedure for lightening runways, which makes landing almost impossible during fogs.
5. Juancho E.Yrausquin Airport – Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
Fifth position on our list of top 10 most dangerous airports is acquired by “Juancho E.Yrausquin Airport”. It is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba. The airport has the shortest runway in the world with one side hill and other side sea. A slight mistake from the pilot during the takeoff and landing, may take the airplane straight into the seas.
4. Gibraltar International Airport – Gibraltar
This airport is basically a civilian airport in the British Territory of Gibraltar. The history channel program ranked this airport as the most dangerous airport in Europe. The runway of this airport is actually passed to the main street of the city and vehicles are made to stop every time, when the airplane lands or takes off.
3. Ice Runway – Antarctica
The Ice runway is the principle runway for the US Antarctic Program during the summer Antarctic field season due to its proximity to McMurdo Station. There is no shortage of landing space on the Ice runway, so it is also capable of landing giant planes. The pilot has to deal with extreme weather conditions and also has to make sure the ice doesn’t burst when they land.
2. Princess Juliana International Airport – Simpson Bay, Sint Maarteen
It is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean and considered to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The runway is right next to a beach, causing the planes to fly just 10-20 meters over the heads of the tourists lying on the beach. The jet blast from the aircraft adds danger to the beach goers, but now it has become one of the attractions of the beach.
1. Lukla Airport (Tenzing- Hillary airport) – Lukla, Nepal
First position on our list of top 10 most dangerous airports in the world is acquired by “Lukla Airport”. This airport is named after Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary (The first people to reach the peak of Mount Everest), it is the place where most people start the climb to Mount Everest Base Camp. This airport is situated at the height of 2900 meters, having one end with huge mountain and other end with a thousand meter drop.The runway measures only 460 meters moreover the pilots also have to deal with high winds and extreme cloud cover. Only a handful of pilots is qualified enough to land here.