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Some pretty interesting airport runways

1. Ice Camp Barneo, North  Pole…plan this trip well in advance!

image 15This strip, not far from the North Pole, is open for just 4 weeks each year. Built on a drifting ice base, it’s a  fully functional runway, suitable for cargo planes like the Antonov  AN-74.

2. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport , Saba  Island
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With only 1,312 ft. in length, this  Caribbean island has the shortest commercial air strip on the  planet.

3. Courchevel Altiport, France

image 3This airfield high in the French Alps is a convenient yet treacherous drop-off point for wealthy skiers at the  chi-chi Courchevel slopes. In fact, there are ski runs no far from the  1,762 ft (537 m) mountaintop runway. Frequent fog, snow, ice and low  clouds make it even more extreme.

4. Tenzing-Hillary Airport ,  Nepal

image 5If you’re planning on trekking to  Mount Everest, chances are you’ll arrive via this small Nepalese airport  in Lukla. It has a short runway with a 9,334 feet drop off the edge.

5. Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshadweep, India

image 6This 4000 feet long island runway  doesn’t leave much margin for error. A few more inches, and passengers are  going to be swimming, sooner than they bargained  for.

6. Barra Airport,  Scotland

image 7Barra is a remote island in northern  Scotland, it has the only beach runway for scheduled flights in the world.  At high tide, the runway maybe under water.

7. Gustaf III Airport,  Saint-Barthélemy

image 8This runway is so tiny, only planes  with a maximum of 20 people can land here. That helps keep St. Barts an  exclusive upscale Caribbean haven for the rich and  famous.

8. Kansai International Airport, Japan

image 9Land is at a premium in Japan so this new airport was built on an artificial island offshore in Osaka Bay. If its ocean setting doesn’t give you chills, its also regularly subjected to  earthquakes, typhoons and storm surges. The island is also sinking, so its  construction and constant reinforcement makes it the most expensive civil-works project in Japan’s modern history.

9. Madeira Airport,  Portugal

image 10The previous runway at this Portuguese  archipelago was notoriously challenging due to it being short and  surrounded by high mountains and the ocean. So it was extended with an  impressive, yet frightening platform, supported by 180 columns off the  edge of the land.

10. Savannah-Hilton Head International  Airport

image 12A pair of grave stones are embedded into ‘Runway 10’ at this airport, in remembrance to the Dotson Family who used to own the  land. One of the graves dates back to 1857. The law states that next of  kin need to authorise the moving of family graves. When the family couldn’t  be located, the airport engineers let the graves remain in place.

11. Narsarsuaq Airport ,  Greenland 

image 13This airport in NZ ’s capital has a short runway and is known for turbulent landings due to the channeling effect of the Cook Strait, creating very gusty winds.

12. Princess Juliana International  Airport, Saint Maarten

image 14This airport, on the Dutch side of  Saint Martin, is right across the street from Maho Beach. It is well known for its extremely low-altitude landing approaches and tourists flock  here to experience the ‘rush’ of the planes overhead. Definitely one of the  craziest airport-runways. You have to see it to believe it – and the noise! After recent hurricane “Irma”, the airport – and the entire island – were badly damaged.

13. Gisborne Airport, New  Zealand


This North Island airport is one of  the few in the world that has a railway line running through its runway.  Both the railway and the airport are active, so lets hope they are up precise about their  scheduling.

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