Here in this article, you can see about the top 10 strange airports around the world. Building airports in a place that is not suitable for landing is the toughest task for the engineers but they tackle that tasks with rare intelligence and that intelligence gives you the strange feeling while landing. Here in this article, you can see about the top 10 strange airports around the world.
Table of Contents
- 10 – Barra airport, Scotland
- 9 – Courcheval airport, France
- 8 – Kai Tak airport, Hong Kong
- 7 – Toncontin international airport, Honduras
- 6 – Princess Juliana international airport, Saint Martin
- 5 – Ice runway, Antarctica
- 4 – Denver international airport, Colorado
- 3 – Madeira international airport, Portugal
- 2 – Tenzing Hillary airport, Nepal
- 1 – Gibraltar airport, Gibraltar
10 – Barra airport, Scotland
Barra airport is situated in the west coast of Scotland, and it is the only airport in the world where the airplanes land on the unsurfaced runways in the beach. The tide appears in the ocean once in a day and that time the runway disappears and it is very difficult for the pilot to land the plane.
9 – Courcheval airport, France
Courcheval airport is situated in French Alps having a very small runway that is only a half – a kilometer long. The big surprise is that a small hill in the center of that runway. So that the runway looks like an incline, and the plane has to take off by climbing up the incline runway and land down by sliding down the plane. This landing down and taking off is definitely a challenge for the pilots.
8 – Kai Tak airport, Hong Kong
Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong is situated on the artificial island that is 3.2 square miles long in the South China sea. As Hong kong is surrounded by big buildings and sky scrapers, the airport has been made by constructing an artificial island. The flight landing here is some what dangerous and adventurous. It is an unique airport by having a luxurious golf course near to that airport that is missing in all the other island based airports.
7 – Toncontin international airport, Honduras
Toncontin airport is the most notorious airport in the world with many accidents. It is very risky to land down and take off as their runway is only 7000 feet long. And due to the presence of mountain on one side, both the take off and land down have to be done from the same side. More skill is required for the pilots to land and take off the flights.
6 – Princess Juliana international airport, Saint Martin
Here in this Princess Juliana international airport, people can see and hear the landing from the nearest beach. Tourists came to this beach in large numbers to see this strange landing and take off. Some times this landing may harm some people by causing injuries as it flies very low over that island beach. Hearing loss can also happen for those people who hear that landing and take off sound loudly.
5 – Ice runway, Antarctica
Here in Antarctica, there is no separate runway for the airplanes, they have to land on the ice runway which is so long and so that the landing is somewhat easy. But it will become dangerous while the flight busts the ice or land on the soft snow and get stuck.
4 – Denver international airport, Colorado
It is the largest airport in North America. The runway is very long and the airport is surrounded by many art works including the 9200 panel solar farm which generated 3 million kilowatts electricity per year. Although this airport wins many awards, it is not safe for landing business flights.
3 – Madeira international airport, Portugal
The airport is surrounded by oceans and high mountains and with very short runway that is only 5000 feet long. So it becomes very difficult even for the most experienced pilots to land down and take off the flights. Now the engineers extend that runway to 9000 feet by building a massive bridge over the ocean. The bridge is 590 feet wide and 3000 feet long and it is capable of bearing the weight of planes. This bridge gains them the outstanding structure award.
2 – Tenzing Hillary airport, Nepal
It is situated in Himalayas, Nepal. The north side of the airport is fully covered with mountains and the south side of the airport is filly covered with valleys. So it is difficult for the pilots to choose the direction for their take off and landing of the flights. It takes hours for the safe landing and take off.
1 – Gibraltar airport, Gibraltar
Gibraltar airport has a strange thing that a busy highway road crosses on its runway. Here only you can see the traffic that is waiting on both the sides of the runway for the airplane to get crossed. You can see plane gates like that of the rail gates for clearing the traffic while landing and take off. So that place serves both as the highway road and the runway. It is located in between the Gibraltar rock and the ocean.
These are all the some well known strange international airports in the world.