Do you dream of a trip through the United States? Or do you prefer a tropical destination like Sint Maarten? Good to know is that certain destinations can only be accessed through so-called ‘extreme’ airports. Thrillers can catch their hearts! This list has been prepared by History Channel.
10. San Diego International Airport
San Diego International Airport – founded on August 16, 1928 – is also called Lindbergh Field. This nickname is from the American Charles Lindbergh. This aviation pioneer has made many test flights over the city of San Diego. The danger of this airport is mainly in size; San Diego International Airport is known as the busiest airport in the United States. Every day 48,000 passengers use this airport! This has to do with the fact that San Diego is a hub for flights between the United States and South America.Southwest Airlines uses a lot of San Diego International Airport. Especially at the airport is that it is close to the city.
9. Madeira Airport
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In the 1970s, the accidents occurred at the airport of the Portuguese island of Madeira. At the beginning of 1973 an Aviaco aircraft collapsed into the sea; three crew members came alive. In 1977, a Boeing 727-200 collided with its wing against a bridge and flew on fire. This accident caused 131 passengers to live. Two years later, another plane was in trouble when flying at Madeira Airport; The Sud Aviation Caravelle collapsed in the sea. A total of 36 occupants were killed. In 2000, the initial runway was increased from 1,600 to 2,781 meters. The extra piece has been placed partly on posts.
8. Eagle County Regional Airport
As you can figure out, Eagle County Regional Airport is in the United States. To be precise in Colorado.In addition to many business people, winter sportsmen also use this airport. The location – in the middle of the Rocky Mountains – is a challenge for the cockpit crew. As a result, it is getting more and more crowded around this destination. The nearby ski resorts of Beaver Creek and Vail attract many tourists. There are therefore larger devices – such as a Boeing 757-200 – deployed. Precisely this type of device has difficulty maneuvering through the mountain.
7. Courchevel Airport
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The step from Eagle County Regional Airport to Courchevel Airport is quick; The latter airport is also located in the mountains. Courchevel Airport is located in the French Alps. This airport, which is 2,000 meters high, has a very short runway. This is only 525 meters long! As a result, the track rises 18.5%.Courchevel Airport is also surrounded by mountains, hills and cliffs. Right next to one side of the runway is a gap of tens of meters deep! Anno 2015 mainly use helicopters using this location.
6. Kai Tak Airport
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If you are familiar with aviation terminology, then an ‘approach’ will call a bell ring. In order to reach Kai Tak Airport, the pilot sets a drop to the northeast. Then he flies through ILS guidance until a red-white mark on a mountain. At that point, the pilot must make a 47 degree turn to the right. You can not imagine that Kai Tak Airport was long as Hong Kong International Airport. In 1998, this airport was replaced by a new Chek Lap Cook.
5. Gibraltar Airport
Gibraltar Airport is just 500 meters away from the city center! The airport is on the strip of land between the island and mainland Spain. The runway takes up the entire width of the connecting strip. This has an impact on traffic on the adjacent road; If an aircraft is landing or landing, traffic will be shut down.Gibraltar Airport is in the hands of the United Kingdom Department of Defense. This airport mainly uses the Royal Air Force.
4. Princess Juliana International Airport
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Princess Juliana International Airport – located in St. Maarten and opened in 1943 by Princess Juliana – distinguishes itself by a landing run of no more than 2300 meters. This means that the aircraft must be extremely low. It is only 30 meters above the beach walkers! For this reason, this airport is not suitable for larger appliances for a long time. Although the runway has not been adapted, many other facilities around the airport have been renewed a number of years ago. Then Queen Beatrix was allowed to perform the official opening.
3. Gustaf III Airport
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Gustaf III Airport at Saint-Barts may be even more extreme; The 650 meter long runway is at a height of 15 meters. The direction of the track is called 10/28. Pilots know that they should fly very low over a mountain when they use lane 10. Drivers also drive cars. When using track 28, the plane is racking over the heads of the people at the beach. Although this airport is known as particularly dangerous, there have been almost no accidents.
2. Toncontin International Airport
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Toncontin International Airport is the capital of Honduras’s capital. The only runway – 1800 meters long – is 1033 meters above sea level surrounded by mountains. It is an area where many people live. For them, air traffic is very dangerous. For a long time, the inhabitants used a busy road, which is right next to the runway. When an aircraft arrived, traffic with traffic lights was stopped. Since 2004 this road can no longer be used.
1. Tenzing-Hillary Airport
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If you want to experience the most extreme airport in the world, you have to book a ticket to Nepal.Tenzing-Hillary Airport is situated in the locality Lukla. The runway is only 460 meters away.Furthermore, this is characterized by a slope of 12%! At the end of the runway there is a 700 meter deep ravine. Tenzing-Hillary Airport is only suitable for Short Take Off and Land (abbreviated as STOL). It is mainly helicopters and other small appliances that use this airport. By the way, they fly daily at this airport. These are mostly mountain climbers, which are brought here. Lukla is located right on Mount Everest.
TOP 10 MOST EXTREME AIRPORTS IN THE WORLD