Top 10 most dangerous airports in the world
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When you become a worldwide traveler, airports are likely to become the kind of place where you’ll spend a lot of your time. You’ll find yourself killing time at coffee shops, or browsing through the shelves of bookshops to see if you can find anything different that you haven’t seen in the other 10 shops that you just passed. Airports are also your gate into a new country and a new culture, and they are a window into what you’ll experience during your visit. But some airports around the world are known to welcome people with quite a rough entrance! Today I’ll be showing you 10 of the most dangerous airports in the world. We’ll have a look at some narrow runways and steep landings among other unique features that will make you remember the airport as vividly as other highlights of your travels. The Number 1 on this list is an airport that I know for sure I want to experience, but I just hope I’m mentally prepared for it. All these airports promise landings that can be quite traumatic.
Tioman Airport, Malaysia
Off Mainland Malaysia there’s an island called Tioman, which is also home to the only airport within the region. As you get closer to Tioman, you’ll spot a lot of greenery and deep blue waters around - it’s quite paradisal. You’ll also notice a small line of concrete near the coast, which happens to be the runway of the airport. This runway is only one way as there is privately owned land nearby that keeps the airport from expanding. Pilots are expected to fly as if they’re coming straight into the mountains and then make a sharp L shaped turn to face the runway and finally land.
Through the years, many light private plane accidents have been reported. Mostly, there have not been any casualties, but I wonder what the people in those planes think about their VIP flights ending in such a rough way - they definitely got a run for their money!
Paro Airport, Bhutan
What would it be like to be one of only 17 qualified pilots to land on an airport? I definitely would feel a lot of pressure! And that’s the case in Paro Airport- the entry point for those travelers who seek to explore the legendary Kingdom of Bhutan. An airport that only operates during daytime.
Landing on this airport is a very thrilling experience - the airport is surrounded by many mountain peaks that can be as high as 18,000 feet tall. It’s as if nature itself is protecting Bhutan from outsiders, only allowing the brave ones to come through. If you peek through the window you will probably feel like the bottom of the plane is going to hit one of the mountain top homes underneath. But there are some focus points that the experienced pilots use as a reference to avoid any unwanted incidents. When you get to see the beauty of Bhutan, you realize it’s all worth that plane ride.
Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
Narsarsuaq Airport is one out of two ice covered airports on our list. Ice itself makes it already one of the most dangerous airports in the world, but what really makes things worse is the harsh weather conditions and the low visibility that come with it. This place is often hit by strong winds that make it difficult for pilots to have a smooth landing.
Also, Narsarsuaq Airport is close to some active volcanoes, which ...pretty much make it impossible to fly once they start erupting. Any ash particles that go into an active engine can turn into a terrible and tragic accident. Why does this airport exist in the first place? Who would want to go there? Well, Greenland is a terrific spot to see the Northern Lights, and no threatening airport can keep visitors from flying in. It’s a visual experience you don’t want to miss!
Courchevel International Airport, France
So far I’ve mentioned some airports where landing is rough, but now I want to present to you an airport where taking off can be quite challenging as well. With a narrow and short runway of 1,700 feet long, Courchevel International Airport is a place with a slope that makes it difficult for pilots to take off. And when it comes to landing, only a selected group of pilots are allowed to access it through one of the nearby deep valleys. These pilots only have one chance at landing! With such a small and tricky space, the plane has to perfectly fit into the runway or else it won’t be able to make it.
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