From hair-raising and horrifying landing strips to all out death-defying flight maneuvers, check out the world’s scariest airports. According to travel website Airfairewatchdog.com, believe it or not, there’s quite a few!
10. Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho
“The runway is at the end of a mountainside gully, so instead of taking off into the air like normal flights, planes drop down the side of a cliff until they start flying,” says Airfarewatchdog.com.
9. Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail, CO
According to David Cenciotti, a pilot, he balked: “Poor weather, high approach, and high surrounding terrain make this airport a bit challenging.”
8. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
This airport was so frightening, it was closed in 1998. Planes are driven to fly extremely low and maneuver sharp turns over Hong Kong in an effort to touch down on the landing strip.
7. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island
Veteran pilots only land at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport owing to its treacherous mountains and high winds.
6. Narsarauq Airport, Greenland
Extreme turbulence, icebergs and 90-degree twists and turns make this airport virtually impossible to land at.
5. Qamdo Bamda Airport, Tibet
The tremendous height (4200 meters above sea level) make this airport an unattractive place to land a plane.
4. Ketchikan International Airport, Ketchikan, AK
Adjacent mountains, a tiny run-way and soaking wet conditions make pilots think twice about landing.
3. Madeira Airport, Portugal
The tiny runway force pilots double-back over the elevated mountains.
2. Gibraltar Airport (or North Front Airport), Gibraltar
Airfarewatchdog.com said: “You might feel like you’re at a railroad crossing when travelling through Gibraltar Airport.” The airport runs alongside a main highway which heads into Spain.
1. Sea Ice Runway, Antarctica
The runway which is uneven and riddled with crevices could breakdown at any moment. In fact, a number of years back, flights were canceled due to the unsafe landing conditions. Pilots have also been cautioned not to land too heavily or drop more than 25 centimeters into the ice.