Our world is full of wonders. Every country is known for something special and unique. Takeoff and landing of airplane, both are dangerous experiences for some travelers. It becomes more thrilling if your plane land on the most difficult runways on the earth. Airfarewatchdog ever year search for scariest airports in the world. Below is the list of ten most insane runways in the world.
1. Gibraltar International Airport
First insane runway in the list is Gibraltar International Airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Its runway is like a railway gatepost. The airplane run on the 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.
2. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport
The runway of the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is another most dangerous runways in the world. Tenzing-Hillary Airport is located in the town of Lukla in Khumbu, eastern Nepal. The History Channel in 2010 in its program, Most Extreme Airports, declared it the most dangerous airport in the world. The runway ends at a two-thousand-foot drop.
3. Sandane Airport
Sandane Airport is in Norway. It is situated perpendicularly on a peninsula which cuts between Nordfjorden and Gloppefjorden. Both ends of the runway are close to sleep hillsides which dive into the fjords. In 2009, it was declared as the seventeen scariest runways of the world by Travel + Leisure. The aerodrome has a reference elevation of 60 meters.
4. Williams Field
Williams Field is an US Antarctic Program airfield in Antarctica. William Fields consists of two snow runways located on approximately twenty-five of compacted snow, lying on top of 262 feet of ice, floating over 1,800 feet of water. Williams was the major airfield for on-continent aircraft operations in Antarctica.
5. Madeira Airport
Madeira Airport also known as Funchal Airport. In past it was infamous for its short runway which, surrounded by high mountains and the ocean, made it a tricky landing for even the most experienced of pilots. Its innovative solution allowed Funchal to receive the Outstanding Structure Award in 2004 by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). It is still considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
6. Toncontin International Airport
Toncontin International Airport is a civil military airport located in Honduras. The History Channel also declared it the second most dangerous airport in the world in its program Most Extreme Airports. The approach to the airport is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world to all aircraft, especially in inclement weather conditions.
7. Courchevel Altiport
Courchevel Altiport is another dangerous airport having most dangerous runways in the world. It is located in the French Alps. It has a very short runway of only 537 meters with a gradient of 18.6%. There is no go-ground procedure for landings at Courchevel, due to the surrounding mountains terrain. The airport is considered as dangerous airport, as it features a difficult approach, an upslope runway and ski runs in the adjacent area.
8. Ice Runway
Ice Runway is the main runway for the US Antarctic Program during the summer Antarctic field season due to its proximity McMurdi Station. The other two runways in the area are the Snow Runway at Williams Field and the White Ice Runway at Pegasus Field. The runway is capable of handling wheeled aircraft. It is also declared as the most dangerous runways in the world.
9. Agatti Aerodrome
Agatti Aerodrome is located in the Agatti Island, in the union territory if Lakshadweep in India. It is the sole airstrip in the archipelago, which lies off the west coast of the India. Length of the runway is 1,291 meters or 4,235 feet. It is also considered as one of the most dangerous runway in the world.
10. Gustaf III Airport
Gustaf III Airport also known as Saint Barthelemy Airport located in the island of Saint Barthelemy. The airport has a short runway that usually accommodates only small aircrafts of less than twenty passengers. The runway is at the base of a slope that ends on the beach. Planes exercise caution during the approach because of the hilltop traffic.
Note: This list is based on the study of Wikipedia, www.lis25.com, and www.listverse.com.