If you don’t like flying, there are a few destinations to avoid. Because the airport was built by little jokers who said to themselves that later, when the Internet arrived, it would make some scary pictures to show in a top. They were right.
1. Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla, Nepal)
Often rated as one of the most dangerous airports in the world. It is also that of the city from which most of the adventurers who want to climb Everest leave. Sounds like that, doesn’t it?
2. Princess Juliana Airport (Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles)
Famous for its very short runway, and above all right on the water’s edge, with a very low approach at 10-20m above the beach. Enough to open the porthole to see if the water is good.
3. Courchevel Altiport (France)
In the middle of the Alps mountains, and a track with an 18.5° slope reserved for experienced pilots. It’s better yes.
4. Gibraltar Airport (Gibraltar)
The take-off and landing strip is in the city center and crosses (with a level crossing) a road used by motorists. One of the most congested in the city.
5. Ice Runway (Antartica)
Literally means “ice track”, because it is built on the pack ice. It’s as stable as concrete, only a little more slippery…and you can get off the track a bit, handy. On the other hand, the take-off is a little warmer.
6. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba, Netherlands Antilles)
One of the most dangerous tracks in the world: very short, and surrounded by mountains on the one hand, and cliffs on the other. We’ll see who got his pilot’s license with honors.
7. Funchal Airport (Madeira Island, Portugal)
The track was enlarged in September 2000… on the sea! With a bridge, on 180 concrete pillars. It is said that it is tolerated to inflate your lifejacket during the landing phase.
8. Congonhas Airport (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Located in the heart of the city, just a few kilometers from the city center. It is reputed to be dangerous for large carriers, particularly in rainy conditions.
9. Kai Tak International Airport (Hong Kong)
Located between mountains and buildings, Hong Kong International Airport was shifted to the sea in 1998 following its great difficulty and its incidents. It is closed today.
10. Manakara Airport (Madagascar)
An airport whose runway is crossed by a railway line. Convenient so as not to miss your correspondence.
11. Barra Airport (Scotland)
It is the only airport that is under the fleet at certain times because it is located in a bay. The planes therefore land on a beach except when it is high tide and the runways are covered with water. Clearly one of the weirdest places on earth.
12. Kansai Airport (Osaka, Japan)
Located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, this airport was built without taking too much into account the fact that the region was exposed to many natural disasters, so inevitably hitting earthquakes and tsunamis is not top for a successful airport life.
13. Matekane Air Strip Airport (Lesotho)
I leave you with this photo which personally made me dizzy from my office chair. 400 meters long and a precipice at the end. Personally, if I go to Lesotho, I take my bike.
14. Paro International Airport (Bhutan)
Landing at an altitude of 2235 meters is not necessarily fun, especially when you have to avoid a whole bunch of mountains and make sure you aim for a very narrow runway. No wonder only 26 pilots in the world are allowed to land there.
15. (bonus) Don Muang International Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)
Not a dangerous airport, but it has the distinction of having a golf course in the middle of 2 of its runways. Watch out for the missed swing.