The takeoff and the landing are always the most challenging part of flight for an aircraft. But if you take into account the objective conditions that may trouble them, the risk grows. Nevertheless, high mountains and steep cliffs, beaches and busy main roads do not seem to discourage the pilots, let alone the travelers! Well, make sure you fasten your seat-belts because here we have the first part of our post; the 4 most challenging airports of the world!
1. Princess Juliana Airport (Saint Martin)
The runway is very close to the beach, where tourists enjoy swimming and sunbathing. However, there has never been a serious accident but the gas from aircraft engines is particularly dangerous for the people. When asked “why Early St. Martin did not transfer the airport elsewhere, the answer is clear:” It is the safest place on the island for flights!”.
2. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba Island, Caribbean)
The runway is only 400 meters, surrounded by high cliffs, while a part of it lies on a steep slope that leads straight into the ocean! It is one of the most dangerous airports as the aircraft lands in danger of “hits” on the rocks, while an incorrect assessment of the pilot during takeoff can …. Well, you know what I mean.
3. Courchevel Airport (France)
The town of Courchevel is located in the French Alps and is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. The airport is located in the mountains and is famous not only for being dangerous but for the fact that it has starred in James Bond «Tommorow never dies», where Pierce Brosnan landed the plane there successfully. The runway is too narrow and mainly used by small aircrafts or helicopter charters, and that’s why it requires well-trained pilots.
4. Gustaf III Airport (St. Barthelemy, Caribbean)
The small runway of the Gustaf III Airport on the island of Saint Bartholomew stops to the sea! This space serves only small aircraft with a capacity of 20 people, mostly from neighboring islands. The basic problem is that the runway is too narrow, so the planes are likely to hit the slopes of adjacent mountains or reach the ocean.