The 9 most challenging airports in the world! part 2

Here is the part 2 of the 9 most challenging airport in the worlds.

5. Gibraltar Airport (Gibraltar)

It is the fifth most dangerous airport in the world and one of the most popular! The runway passes through the city streets, particularly the High Street Winston Churchill (towards the land border with Spain) ‘cuts’ through the runway, so the traffic stops each time a plane takes off or lands.

6. Barra International Airport (Barra)

It is the only airport in the world used as … a beach! In fact, even the takeoffs and landings of aircraft at the airport of Barra are in the beach. Yes you read right. And the paradox does not end there: When the tide floods the airstrip at night many cars come to help the pilot with their lights! Warning signs inform people who bathe about the flight expected!

7. Lukla Airport (Nepal)

Mountains on the one side and a cliff on the other. This is the picture that one encounters when preparing to land at Lukla airport in eastern Nepal. The runway is at an altitude of 2,900 meters above the sea level and is particularly popular with climbers, who use it as a starting point for the ascent to Everest.

8. Madeira Airport (Madeira)

The airport of Madeira is located near the city of Funchal and serves domestic and international flights. The runway was narrow, which created many problems during takeoffs and landings of aircraft, while 1977 was a tragic accident. It was then that the city authorities decided to extend the runway to the beach, since the other side there are steep cliffs. So the airport was rebuilt, and the runway with its increased length is supported by huge pillars and lead to the beach.

9. Scarlett Martinez International Airport (Panama)

This one have two challenges for the Pilots the runway is over a bridge and close to the beach.

 

The 9 most challenging airports in the world! part 1

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.

Quebec Christmas Market

In the recent years, in quebec  inspired by the European tradition for Christmas markets, those markets start to multiply across the province. Typically installed outdoor, Christmas markets are an opportunity to participate in several traditional activities (workshops, demonstrations, animations,…), to attend various shows (dances, songs, stories…), to do some shopping with artisans, enjoy typical and comforting, festive dishes in short, enjoy with the family or between friends, the magic of the holidays, a glass of war wine in hand!

Tips

Here are some suggestions for Christmas markets which are held in different regions of Quebec. Dress warmly and enjoy the walk!

Montreal region

If the visits of the famous Salon des métiers d’art (Place Bonaventure) and the Nutcracker market (Palais Des congres) are very pleasant and allow both to buy art, handicrafts and delicacies, it’s an indoor events. To be closer to the experience of European Christmas markets, put the cap on the following locations:

Christmas in the Park (Montréal)

From first to December 26, event is in three places in Montreal, Sun Life financial Esplanade, the Olympic Park as well as the Park of the companions of Saint Laurent and the Lahaie Park, both on the Plateau Mont-Royal. Besides the traditional activities, Christmas in the park presents this year 50 free concerts for all tastes, Mononc’Serge and sportsmen (December 12), quality Motel (13 December), Random Recipe and Betty Bonifassi (December 19), and Elisapie, Stefie Shock, and Daniel Boucher (December 20).

Christmas Market and traditions (Longueuil)

In the charming setting of Old Longueuil, the atmosphere of the Christmas Market is worth a visit on weekends, from 29 November to 21 December. To recall a small village of old, sixty illuminated houses are located at St. Mark Park, which also host more than 70 producers and artisans. On the program: Santa Claus visits P’tit Train du Nord, workshops for children, selling Christmas trees, singing, music, dance, comedy, and more.

The Capitale-Nationale

If the Old Port of Quebec Market takes festive Christmas tunes during the month of December also set course for the following foreign markets:

German Christmas Market (Old Québec)

From November 28 to December 14 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), a small village of houses will come alive on the place of the City Hall of Quebec and its gardens, the German Christmas Market. You will find (mulled wine, sausages, German cakes, gingerbread, hot chestnuts, etc.), but also crafts and decorative items. Innovations this year a giant Christmas tree, a mountain chalet restaurant and more booths and products!

Christmas market in the Jacques-Cartier (Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury)

From 12 to 14 December in Stoneham, the Christmas Market of the Jacques-Cartier has over fifteen producers, local artists and artisans. Music, Christmas lights, entertainment, shows, creative workshops and sports activities are also waiting for you.

The Christmas Market in Baie-Saint-Paul (Charlevoix)

Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Christmas Market in Baie-Saint-Paul, in the heart of Charlevoix artisans, local producers and artists come together in the spirit of the European Christmas: kiosks, lighting the large Christmas tree, gathering folkloric shows, traveling entertainment, competition leaders, Santa Claus race, and more. From 28 to 30 November, and December 5 to 7.

Across the province

Visit the Christmas Market in l’Assomption

(29 November to 23 December), where you can discover artisans, enjoy delicious local produce, warm up before the braziers, enjoy mulled wine, admire the lights and let yourself be charmed by music and friendly atmosphere!

Also visit the Christmas Markets in downtown Joliette, from 4 to 23 December. An exciting program awaits you, including a multimedia work, an exhibition of the artist Jacques Thisdel, the horse-drawn carriage rides, tasting a giant gingerbread, a parade, and a host of other activities and entertainment including highlight is undoubtedly the evening of 19 December, whit DJ Champion will make visitors dance outdoors.

Eastern Township

Hard to miss the Christmas Market of Sherbrooke, illuminated by one of the biggest Christmas tree in Canada … and a big wheel! From December 4 to 21, you can explore the artisans’ village where they will be happy to show their products and works in the holiday spirit.

Christmas markets of old town Quebec Drummondville

As part of the activity The illuminated town Desjardins Village Québécois d’Antan in Drummondville, the century-old houses in the main street of the village welcome craftsmen who will make you discover jewelry, chocolates, stained glass windows, wooden chests, wine, jams, etc. On 12 and 13 December and from 19 to December 31 (except December 25).

The Christmas Market in Val-David (13 and 14 December)

Christmas Market in Mont-Laurier (20 and 21 December)

Christmas Light – Notre-Dame-du-Cap

Mauricie

From 12 to 14 and from 19 to 21 December, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape will host a Christmas market, as part of the annual event Christmas Light. In a magical atmosphere, you can take part in activities or visiting attractions (forest of a thousand lights, reduced model, stained glass or heritage chapel). A rewarding family outing and a chance to find unique gifts for all.

In addition to this list, small fairs and Christmas markets are pointing the nose everywhere in November and December. So stay tuned to what is organized near you!