Everyone feels a slight spin in their head and a churn in their stomach when a plane takes off or lands - but imagine landing on an air strip that is really narrow or needs sharp risky turns or has to battle mountains, winds and the seas before it sits safely on the ground. Here are some amazing airports listed below.
1. Madeira Airport, Madeira, Portugal
It has an extremely narrow runway and requires the pilots to fly towards the mountains and then quickly turn and descend in the final approach.Even the most experienced pilot may have trouble landing on this next runway located on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Known for its extremely narrow runway, it requires pilots to fly toward the mountains then quickly turn and descend in the final approach.
2. Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar
It has two water bodies on either side and main highway for vehicles runs right across the runway. Not only does the 6000-feet runway sport the Mediterranean ocean on its eastern side and the Bay of Gibraltar on its western side does, the air strip has water on both sides and the main highway for cars and other vehicles runs right across the airport's runway.
3. Hechi Airport, China
It is a 1.4 mile-long and 150 feet wide runway built at 2200 feet above sea level, on top of 65 mountains with a 1000 feet drop on one side. Hechi Airport in China's Guangxi province was built at 2200 feet above sea level, on top of 65 mountains. Engineers leveled off the mountain tops to create a 1.4 mile-long and 150 feet wide runway with a 1000 feet sheer drop on one side. That sounds like a super-sure doom.
4. Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
With a short runway in a mountainous terrain, the fast winds can make the pilots take risky sharp turns.A short runway + mountainous terrain + fast winds due to high altitude = disaster of a landing! The mountainous terrain also forces pilots approaching the runway to make a risky sharp turn in order to line up with the runway.
5. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Netherlands
It has a high possibility of overshooting the runway and is surrounded by steep hills on one side and cliffs on the other side.The Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is surrounded by steep hills on one side and cliffs on the other side. It singles itself out as the only airport on the Dutch Caribbean island Saba and has a high possibility of overshooting the runway. And if that happens, it means that a plane could end up in the ocean.
6. Male International Airport, Maldives
Built on an atoll, the runway is just six feet above the ocean and very near to the ocean.Landing at the gorgeous Maldives could be a daunting experience. It has one runway, which was built on its very own atoll (YES, on an ATOLL), named Hulhule, and is only six feet above sea level. That's like, really, really near to the ocean! A minor miscalculation could send a plane steering its way off into the Indian Ocean. Real respect for people who survived the chance.
7. Saint Barthelemy Airport, Saint-Barthelemy
Owing to a short 2100 feet airstrip, the planes usually descend extremely close over the heads of people on the beach.Located in the luxurious Caribbean islands it is also known as St. Barth's Gustaf Airport. Owning a short 2100 feet airstrip, the planes usually descend extremely close over the heads of people on the beach and nearby traffic while approaching the airstrip.
8. Wilkins Runway, Antarctica
The runway is made completely of ice and is operational only during summers.This runway is made completely of ice - the landing almost feels like skating your way through the ice into the airport. The runway is carved into glacial ice and only operates when it is summer in the Antarctic. It is operated by Australia to reach the country’s base at Casey Station.