Thursday, July 16, 2015

10 of the most strange, extreme and dangerous airports!

Barra International Airport, Scotland.
After searching on web, I have found some of most strange, extreme and dangerous airports from all around the world.
The length of runways, cliff faces, crowded beaches, main roads and mountain peaks make those airports very extreme.
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1. Courchevel Altiport, France.
Courchevel Altiport (CVF) is an altiport serving Courchevel, a ski resort in the French Alps. The airfield has a very short runway of only 537 metres (1,762 ft) with a gradient of 18.6%. There is no go-around procedure for landings at Courchevel, due to the surrounding mountainous terrain. The airfield primarily sees smaller fixed-wing aircraft such as Cessnas as well as helicopters at present. The runway has no instrument approach procedure or lighting aids, thus making landing in fog and low clouds unsafe and almost impossible. The airport is considered dangerous, as it features a difficult approach, an upslope runway and ski runs in the adjacent area. The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports ranks it as the seventh most dangerous airport in the world.
Courchevel Altiport, France.
Courchevel Altiport, France.
Courchevel Altiport, France.
2. Gibraltar International Airport
Gibraltar International Airport or North Front Airport (GIB) is the civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The runway is owned by the Ministry of Defence for use by the Royal Air Force as RAF Gibraltar. Winston Churchill Avenue (the main road heading towards the land border with Spain) intersects the airport runway, and consequently has to be closed every time a plane lands or departs. The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranked the airport the fifth most extreme airport in the world.
Gibraltar International Airport
Gibraltar International Airport
Gibraltar International Airport
3. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in the Caribbean island of Saba.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba. The airport has the shortest commercial runway in the world, only 396 meters (1,299 ft) long, flanked on one side by high hills, with cliffs that drop into the sea at both ends. Jet aircraft are unable to land at the airport, because the runway is too short. However, smaller airplanes (DHC-6, BN-2 and helicopters) are common sights there. The tower is an advisory service only and does not provide air traffic control. Aviation fuel is not available on the island of Saba. The only airline currently serving Yrausquin Airport is locally owned Winair, which operates daily flights to Sint Maarten aboard a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter. Average flights to Sint Maarten last no longer than a quarter of an hour. 
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
4. Agatti Island Airport, India.
Agatti Aerodrome (AGX) is located on the southern end of Agatti Island, in the union territory of Lakshadweep in India. It is the sole airstrip in the archipelago, which lies off the west coast of India. Agatti airport has one asphalt runway, oriented 1204 metres long and 30 metres wide, while its terminal building can handle 50 passengers during peak hours.
Agatti Island Airport, India.
Agatti Island Airport, India.
Agatti Island Airport, India.
5. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA), also known as Lukla Airport, is a small airport in the town of Lukla in eastern Nepal. The airport's paved asphalt runway is accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed-wing, short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft. The runway is 527 m (1,729 ft) × 30 m (98 ft) with a 11.7% gradient. The airport's elevation is 9,334 ft (2,845 m). There is no prospect of a successful go-around on short final due to the terrain. There is high terrain immediately beyond the northern end of the runway and a steeply angled drop at the southern end of the runway into the valley below. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport as the most dangerous airport in the world.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal.

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6. Gisborne Airport, New Zealand.
Gisborne Airport (GIS) is a regional airport on the outskirts of Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Gisborne Airport is one of the few airports in the world that has a railway line, the Palmerston North - Gisborne Line, crossing the main runway.
Gisborne airport, North Island of New Zealand.
Gisborne airport, North Island of New Zealand.
7. Princess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten.
Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, located on the Dutch side of the island in the country of Sint Maarten. The airport is perhaps best known for very low-altitude flyover landing approaches due to one end of its runway being extremely close to the shore and Maho Beach.
Princess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten.
Princess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten.
Princess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten.
8. Barra International Airport, Scotland.
Barra Airport (BRR) also known as Barra Eoligarry Airport, is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936.
Barra International Airport, Scotland.
Barra International Airport, Scotland.
Barra International Airport, Scotland.
9. Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthélemy.
Gustaf III Airport (SBH), also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, sometimes as St. Jean Airport, is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy. The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers. Airport has short runway and the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle, departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers. The History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports ranks Gustaf III airport, as the 3rd most dangerous airport in the world.
Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthélemy.
Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthélemy.
Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthélemy.
10. Kansai International Airport, Japan.
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, 38 km (24 mi) southwest of Ōsaka Station. The airport is off the Honshu shore and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Kansai opened 4 September 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka International Airport, which is closer to the city of Osaka and now handles only domestic flights.
Kansai International Airport, Japan.
Kansai International Airport, Japan.


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