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Most dangerous airports in the world

Here’s a list of the airports which you all want to avoid to ensure what is good for you.


Gibraltar International (U.K.)

Gibraltar is a tiny British territory to the south of Spain, with an equally tiny airport that has one massive problem: the runway takes planes right across a busy, four-lane highway, 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the city centre! The road has to be closed for every take-off and landing.


Princess Juliana (Saint Martin)

The island of Saint Martin, in the Caribbean, has a few interesting features. Firstly, the airport is split in two—one part belongs to France, the other to the Netherlands.

Secondly, this airport is so close to the beach that planes fly just a few dozen metres over the heads of tourists swimming in the sea.


Barra Airport (Scotland)

The Scottish island of Barra is so small that it is the only one in the world to have a runway made from sand. In fact, it’s the beach, marked out with wooden poles. The airport is not usually used at night, but in case of emergency, vehicles are parked along the runway with their lights on to help the pilot to take off, according to Wander Wisdom.


Ice Runway (Antarctica)

At this airport, the runway is made from ice, explains the Telegraph, which featured it in its list of the world’s scariest airports. This airport serves American scientists who carry out research at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica.


Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba)

Located in the Netherlands Antilles, Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport has quite the reputation. Surrounded by tall hills and cliffs, its runway is one of the shortest in the world, at 400 metres (1,312 feet).


Gustaf III Airport (Saint Barthélemy)

On the island of Saint Barthélemy, in the French West Indies, the runway has been squeezed in between the foot of a cliff and the beach. While this may seem like a dreamy location for tourists, it’s a nightmare for the pilots.


Manakara Airport (Madagascar)

Manakara Airport may be the only one in the world to cross over a live railway line! Trains even take priority over the planes.


Paro Airport (Bhutan)

There are only eight pilots cleared to land at Paro Airport in Bhutan. The issue is not only that the landing strip is located in the heart of the mountains, or the strong winds, but also that the runway is pretty short: barely 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) long.


The Matekane air strip (Lesotho)

National Geographic has listed this as one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Located in Lesotho, where flat land is a rare commodity, the Matekane runway is truly spectacular, ending in a chasm that is 600 metres (2,000 feet) deep.

Just 396 metres (1,299 feet) long, there are really only two options: take off, or take the plunge.


Santos Dumont Airport (Brazil)

During landing attempts at Santos Dumont Airport, several planes have ended up crashing into the hills that surround Rio de Janeiro, according to the site Aviation Safety.


O’Hare International Airport, Chicago (USA)

Travel and Leisure magazine named O’Hare International Airport in Chicago as the most dangerous in the USA, in a list compiled in 2011.

The media had reported on no fewer than 75 incidents over the previous five years.


Kai Tak Airport (Hong Kong)

This airport was judged to be so dangerous that it was closed and rebuilt elsewhere. The old airport was constructed in the middle of a basin, surrounded by hills, close to tall buildings.

Pilots had to fly just a few metres above the roofs of these buildings.

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