Air is the fastest, easiest, and comfortable means of traveling to your destination. The only fearful thing about it that the smooth platform is not available everywhere you land. There are different components that make an airport dangerous or safe.

It depends on the environmental and physical factors considering high altitudes, short runways or unpredictable weather. The airstrip near a populated area or in the middle of high mountains is also considered to be an unsafe airport.

Some airports can be a hell-of-danger but for some people, it can be the means of adventure or fun.  Here are the World's Most Dangerous Airports That You Should Avoid.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport – Nepal

Have you ever dreamt of climbing the height peak of the world, Mount Everest? Yes, we know it scares the hell out of us and just remembers the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is the only airport for entrance to the great Himalaya.

Why it this airport dangerous?

Tenzing-Hillary Airport aka Lukla Airport is one of the most dangerous airports which have a very short length runway. The landing strip is very deadly as it is only 500 meter. A little miss the aircraft can collide to the high cliff which surely invites terrible accident and life loss. 

The other thing to be noted is that there are fewer light or almost no lights and very low amount of electric power which makes landing riskier. No air traffic controller pilots have to land the huge plane in the tiny runway at their own risk.

Princess Juliana International Airport – St. Maarten

It is pretty sure Princess Juliana International Airport is the next on this list. This airport is named after Juliana of the Netherlands crowned in 1944. It is situated on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, it is in the country of Sint Maarten. The island is the major entrance to isles like the Leeward Islands, St. Eustatius, Anguilla, St. Barthelemy, and Saba.

Why is it dangerous?

This is the most noteworthy airport where public beach is situated just right before the runway. The sand of the beach is highly gusted on the sparkling water and high pitch sound extremely affects the people enjoying the sun.

The runway is 2,179 meter where the most concerned issue to the pilot is not to hit the sightseer. Those plan landings are mostly the bigger craft which needs more than 2,500 meters of a landing strip. As it is very short and pilot sees hundreds of people before landing it is very unsafe. This airport was intentionally built for smaller planes which is the reason why it is dangerous for bigger ones.

Toncontin Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tonocontin Airport is a military and civil airport which is 6 kilometer from the center of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The valley is at the feet of 3,294 above sea level. The History channel has listed this airport as one amongst the dangerous airport in the world.

Why is it dangerous?

Landing at the Toncontin Airport in Honduras is a very difficult task even for very skilled pilots. It needs a strict and planned tactic to get through the harsh weather territory. The weather can be 45 degrees in a certain level of height and drop quickly as the altitude drop by. 

The airplane has to make around the mountains with interior highlands to reach the land. The winds also recompense the plane while landing in the zig-zag path of the runway. Flying away from this place also requires an equal amount of number as the plane has to fly very high to clear the peaks nearby.

McMurdo Air Station, Antarctica

Few travel to the McMurdo Air Station in Antarctica, people only visit there for certain project or if they love dog sledding. As a result, we don’t get good infrastructure and airport facilities. The only thing is the runway is quite long which makes pilot land easily.

Why is it dangerous?

As you can assume the weather of Antarctica it is freezing cold and the runway is made of smooth ice. It can cause disaster if the pilot does not land perfectly. The weather is variable too which adds more problems.

There have been many bad crashes due to the weather change where the whole aircraft has been buried in the snow. These days pilots are highly trained to fly to this area, the pilots use night vision goggles which makes the landing little safe.

Gibraltar International, Gibraltar

Gibraltar International Airport is a civilian airport which generally severs the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Ministry of Defence owns this place used by the RAF (Royal Air Force) Gibraltar. It is listed as one of the most dangerous airports in the world due to its runway.

Why is it dangerous?

Any plane flying through the Gibraltar International must cross a busy street. This runway of 5500 meters is crossed by a street - Winston Churchill Avenue which leads to towards the land bordered by Spain. The path is close to the point of depart or landing.

Winston Churchill Avenue, the main street, and cross runway are closed when any plane is to be landed. We can also see a stoplight which signals the cars to stop. But this airport is very much beautiful aside a crystal water beach and great view.

Paro Airport, Bhutan

Ranked in the list of the most dangerous airport in the world there are only eight pilots qualified to touch the airstrip of Paro Airport. Any flight to Paro Chu is restricted to daylight hours and only made under the visual meteorological conditions.

Why is it dangerous?

There are peaks almost 18,000 feet surrounding and the runway is only 1981 meters long. As there is a fast fall of the aircraft pilot have to carefully land the plane on the runway or huge destruction can be experienced.

Resting in the Himalayan Mountains this airport is above 7,300 feet the sea level and right to the river of Paro Chu. Flight to this airport is only done with strict supervision by a visual meteorologist. It is because of the sudden change in the temperature and weather.

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island

The Saba Island is 28 miles south of the St. Maarten in the Caribbean with an incredibly beautiful view. The Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, the world's shortest commercial airport, has the total of 1312 feet runway.

Why is it dangerous?

The island where this airport stays is about 5 miles square where the runway has both ends. As the track is very short big planes and jet aircraft are not or rarely allowed there. It is mostly vertical volcanic in the area except for a triangle of grass extended into the Caribbean where planes land.

There is water on one side and the mountain inclined to the other. One of the good aspects of the place it the weather is good most of the time.

Madeira Airport, Portugal

Madeira Airport is also known as Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport is located in the Portuguese archipelago and autonomous region of Maderia. The airport runway was extended first between 1982 and 1986 to 5,906 ft and again in the year 2000 with almost double of its size to 9,124 feet.

Why is it dangerous?

The newly added platforms are built only on the artificial island. The extension that has been made is done on a platform fairly over the ocean area. It is supported by 180 columns. The runway has to stand series load during the landing and there is a very heavy risk of the airstrip falling down.

Even though the work was done by modern engineers with high technologies as it is built between shores of the ocean and the steep cliffs.

Barra Airport, Scotland

Barra Airport is on the Isle of Barra is the must place to visit if you love the beach. It is the only beach which has the airport facilities. As there is airline service given you can easily reach your destination. This airport is in the bay of Traigh Mhor on the island of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Why is it dangerous?

The airfield is above five feet the sea level only if the tide is out. There is an occasional use of light to enlighten the runway and for the strip reflection purpose. It is done because there are few night flights than a day.

There are three different runways on this airport which are marked with wooden poles. This is the only airport where the plane lands on the sandy beach landing strip. Night fight is not allowed (only in an emergency) as it is full of risk.

Damascus International Airport, Damascus

Damascus International Airport is the international airport of Damascus which lies near the Syrian Capital. Now it is in the territory challenged by the Syrian Army, ISIS, and various factions. Before that, in 2010 passenger over five million in the number used the airport.

Why is it dangerous?

The first reason it is tagged as the dangerous airport is that of its location, in the Syrian Capital. Another reason is that it is 20 miles from the place called Darayya where a huge massacre was held in August 2012. The Syrian army has killed more than dozens of foreign fighters in there.

There are two daily flights made in the airport which includes one to Moscow and other to Beirut. The Syrian Airlines operates the flights by the Assad Government.

Congonhas Airport, Brazil

Congonhas/Sao Paulo Airport is one among the four commercial airports in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is named after Vila Congonhas, the neighborhood place. It is considered to be the second busiest airport in Brazil. There has been more than dozens of an air accident in this area.

Why is it dangerous?

The Airport built in 1930 now is filled with a green surrounded by skyscrapers. With the rise in high buildings, it makes aircrafts unsafe during take-off and landing. The airstrip is 6,365 feet and due to thick habitats, it is harder to extend it.

Larger international planes cannot land at the Congonhas Airport due to its area. The city has gone through many accidents due to the collision of aircraft in the high buildings.  

Gustaf III Airport

Gustaf III Airport is well-known with different other names like Saint Barthelemy Airport, St. Jean Airport, Aerodrome de St Jean and so on. It is located in the village of St. Jean, Caribbean Island of Saint Barthelemy. This airport is considered to be one among the dangerous airport because of various reasons.

Why is it dangerous?

The most dangerous part of the airport is that it is situated in the foot slope. The airstrip ends right on the beach. Planes have to fly over the crowd which is not only risky for the pilot but also unsafe for beach-goers.

The flights landing at this airport coming from opposite direction is compelled to have a vertical fall as there is hilltop nearby. If there is sudden fail in safe landing the airplane might hit the hill or cause problem to the beach visitors.

Courchevel International Airport, France

Courchevel Altiport gives it service to the public of Courchevel which is a ski resort located in the French Alps. The airport is considered to be very much dangerous because of it difficult approaches, ski runs in the nearby area, and a un-slope runway.

Why is it dangerous?

The airport has the runway of only 537 meters along with a pitch of 18.6%. It is in the high altitude over 6500 feet above the sea level where go-around procedure for landing is not available. There need a high amount of control over the aircraft while takeoff but it is very much difficult due to a short airstrip.

We even cannot find any instrument approach procedures or even light in the runways. Due to this reason landing in low cloud and fog is very much unsafe or even impossible.

Svalbard Airport, Norway

Svalbard Airport, Longyear is the main airport in Svalbard, Norway. It is northwest of Longyearbyen and one of the dangerous airports of the world. It is currently owned and operated by Avinor which is state-owned. It has been constructed with great difficulty due to its location in a very faraway place.

Why is it dangerous?

The structural work of the airport has been done with the use of ice. And as it is built on the permafrost, if the land melts away the airport will be of no use. Even though many works have been done not to let this happen it is worth not taking the risk.

The runway is shield so that it will always remain cooler than the ground. With all the engineering this airport has been made safe for use, however, there has been much worst accident in the history of this airport which cannot be forgotten.  

Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland

This airport is located in Narsarsuaq, it is in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland. It is one of the two airports which serve in Greenland, the other is Knagerlussuaq Airport. The airport can be compared to the one in the Antarctica as both airports' runway is covered with ice almost every time.

Why is it dangerous?

The runway covered with ice and snow is one of the problems of this airport. Due to this reason, it is a risk for a pilot to land and even during take-off. The land mostly experiences stormy weather and turbulence due to the speedy wind.

There is an airstrip of only 6,000 feet where turbulence adds more trouble during the landing process. A single minute slip, the aircraft, pilot, and the passengers have to deal with the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano. The eruption can cause severe loss of life.

MCAS Futenma, Okinawa

Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS) is the United States Marine Corps based in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, northeast of Naha, an island of Okinawa. This airport is said the most dangerous air station in the world given by the Navy and Marine Corps.

Why is it dangerous?

The team maneuvers the First Marine Aircraft Wings along with V-22 Osprey and F/A-18 Hornets from Futenma. The aircrafts during its fly have to fly in every kind of weather, pass over 16 schools, city offices, hospitals, and over three thousand people.

The air station is in the city of Ginowan with 96,000 people living in it which surrounds the air station. There has been any crashed once in 2004, there was a helicopter crash at the Okinawa International University.

Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

Kai Tak Airport is mostly known as Hong Kong International Airport, Kai Tak. Before, from 1925 to 1998, it was known as international airport of Hong Kong. Later it was named as new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok.

Why is it dangerous?

It can surely be said as a dangerous airport because there are many high buildings right north of the runway. It requires loads of planning and effort for the pilot for safe landing. The airport was even closed during 1925 as it was very much risky and many even lost their life. Later it got replaced by Hong Kong International at Chek Lap Kok.

Every flight has to fly through high buildings in order to make the landing. There is thick settlement around the air station which is very much noisy for people living near. The plane while landing would overrun the airstrip and land into the sea or hit the building.

Don Mueang International Airport, Thailand

Don Mueang International Airport is one after Suvarnabhumi Airport which serves as international airports in Greater Bangkok. It is the oldest airport operating in the Asia. This airport is also one of the oldest international airports in the world.

Why is it dangerous?

The most unusual thing about this airport is there is golf court in between the two airport's runways. Even though the airport has been wisely designed we can hear news of several crashes. There might be different reasons for each of the incidents.

This airport was built in 1914 for war intention and the golf court was built in the entrance of the airport so the soldiers could wait. Considerably there has been less number of accidents in recent years.

Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

Gisborne Airport is a regional airport of Gisborne located on the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand. It is one among the few airports that have railway track in the runway. This airport is in the total land of 160 hectares with three grass runways and one main runway.

Why is it dangerous?

The main runway of this airport is interconnected which is with the Palmerston North – Gisborne Railway Line. Viewing a railway underneath you while the plane takes-off would be an amazing experience. The authorities make a perfect schedule so that there won't be any clash but it has its own risk.

The main fear of flying from this airport is the clash of the train in the railway and the plane. There has been fewer clashed till now, however, it would be an unbearable pain for everyone.

Qamdo Bamda Airport, Tibet

Qambo Bamda Airport, also known as Changdu Bangda Airport, is located in Chengdu, Tibet, China. This airport is in the village are of Bamda. It is in the high altitude zone of 4,334 m above the sea level.

Why is it dangerous?

Qambo Bamda Airport is located at an altitude of 4,334m. As it is situated in the elevated zone it is very much risky for a pilot during its landing. It is equally hard for the airplanes to generate lift. Additionally, as temperature ranges in a different level, it creates more risk.

Any aircraft needs longer runway in order to make it easier to reach high speeds to raise and takeoff. However, the best thing about this airport is it has the record of having one of the longest runways in the world. The airstrip is 5.5 km but it not that it lessens the risk.



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