Heading to a remote paradise seems like a dream holiday but you might change your mind after seeing the airports at some of the world’s most idyllic locations.On small islands and coastal areas, the runway can feel like it’s flowing straight into the sea – especially when there just isn’t enough land to build a long runway. But even inland, the landing strip can prove to be hazardous if the approach is built precariously close to populated areas, mountain sides and even cliff faces.Geology aside, some airports are built precariously close to populated areas while others have runways thatare cut off by obstacles such as train lines. A few airports have notoriously difficult approached but when the pilots start complaining about these landing strips, you know you should really be worried.Here is a round up of some of the scariest (and most exhilarating) landing strips across the world.
Planes were grounded at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, after flooding in the country in 2011 but on sunny days, the pilots have to contend with a golf course right next to the tarmac.
It’s not hard to confuse the runway with the ski slope at Courchevel Altiport in France, where the landing strip is extremely short and follows the lines of the mountainside, not to mention it’s covered in snow during the ski season. You only land going uphill and you can only takeoff going downhill. Luckily for most,the airport is open to private planes only.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal is also known as Lukla Airport. It’s perched on a mountain ridge and is one of the world’s most dangerous, with a drop of 9,200ft awaiting planes at the end of the runaway.