Crazy airports: 14 of the most spectacular runways

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Some airports can brag about have extraordinary runways that offer passengers a spectacular landing or take off.  However skilled pilots are needed to handle the difficult maneuvers at these crazy airports! 

Gustav II airport in Saint-Barthélemy, one of French Antilles archipelago islands, can only accommodate planes with less than 30 people.  This is because the runway only measures 640 metres, ending before a beautiful lagoon. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear that planes have plunged into the water on occasion as the margin for error is very limited.  The same is true in Saint-Martin. The runway at Princess Juliana airport is right next to the sea meaning that highly skilled pilots need to fly over the beach with only a 10 metre margin!

Slightly stressful runways to heighten flying phobias

Kansai airport in Japan is in fact made on an artificial island which can be accessed by a road bridge.  Specialists believe that the airport will last no more than fifty years… While Courchevel’s altiport, nestled in the Alps, has one of the shortest runways in the world.  You’ll need a private jet and an extra qualified pilot if you want to land here!  Read on for a list of 14 of the craziest airports around the world.  Tighten your seat belts!

1/ Princess Juliana airport, Saint-Martin

A runway that gets you into the swing of things!

2/ Courchevel altiport, France

Nestled in the heart of the Alps, Courchevel’s altiport has one of the shortest runways in the world. (only 525 meters!).

3/ Gustav II airport, Saint-Barthelemy

This runways makes you think you will be landing in the crystal clear water!

4/ Kansaï airport, Japan

Man-made runway islands!

5/ Ice pack airport in Antarctica

In Antarctica, as the few runways are frozen over, planes can only land during the southern summer before the ice starts to break away.

6/ Congonhas airport, Brazil

It as bit disorientating to land on a runway surrounded by skyscrapers!

7/ Toncontin airport, Honduras

Toncontin airport is considered as one of the most dangerous in the world due to the size its runway.