I love that feeling in my stomach when the plane lifts off the ground and also when it lands again on the runway. However, I’m not so sure how I would feel if I was ever to land on any of these airports…
Today I will be sharing some of the most crazy, and dangerous airports from around the world.
1. Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar
This airport, 500 meters from the city center (!) has a landing stripe which begins already out in the ocean with water on both sides.
But what’s really crazy about this airport is that the landing and departure runway intersecs with the city’s MAIN road where people and cars constantly use.
Whenever a plane lands or departs, the street has to be closed off.
2. Lukla Airport, Nepal
How about a mountain on one side of the runway and a thousand meter drop on the other?
Lukla is the place where most people start their trek to climb Mt Everest, so I guess the guys who land here aren’t exactly afraid of heights or mountains…
3. Wellington, New Zealand
How about landing in “Windy Wellington”? The airport is called “wild at heart” for a reason, which can be a little scary when landing on such a short landing runway and such strong winds..!
4. Barra Airport, Scotland
Not so much crazy, as cool – this is one of the only airports in the world where planes actually land on a beach.
As the airport must be among the most “natural” in the world, it’s “naturally” lit (by the sun) during the day and a few cars are parked on the parking lot with their lights on during night time to add some “extra” visibility, and the airport is literally washed away by the tide once a day.
5. Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin
Like to sniff some jet exhaust and relax in your sunbed to the soothing sounds of airplanes landing and departing?
Here you will find people swimming, sunbathing and hanging out on the beach, watching airplanes land just a few meters over their heads – this one tops it as crazy for me!
Where are some of the craziest, and scariest airports you have experienced?