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At times, flying can be a nightmare. The delays, the security checks, the food – it can often be a grueling experience. But making matters only worse is the airport. Some are too small, overcrowded, and, just downright dangerous. The following airports top the list of world’s worst airports. So on your next trip, you’ll want to be sure to avoid taking off and landing in these.
One of the smallest on the list, Tufi Aiport is in Papua New Guinea. It’s tiny because it serves a very small town. And the runway is nothing more than a dirt-filled track. Although, it plans on becoming an international airport with a connection to Cairns, Australia one day.
A regional airport located on a peninsula in Norway. Sandane has just one strip of asphalt it calls a runway. As a matter of fact, Travel + Leisure magazine called it one of the world’s scariest runways.
Matekane Air Strip
Now if that photo doesn’t scare you from this airport, nothing will. Matekane’s 400m runway runs right off a 2000 foot cliff! Most who use this airport do so out of necessity, as charitable organizations need it to do their work in Lesotho to access remote nearby locations.
Located in Bhutan, Paro Airport is known to be one of the most dangerous in the world. This is because it sits in a valley surrounded by 5,000-meter mountains, which of course, make it kinda tough to take off. Only 8 pilots are certified to land and take off from here, with flights only taking off in the day.
Located 3km above sea level in eastern Nepal, this airport is a popular one as it’s what those looking to climb Mount Everest land in. This of course means, the mountains here couldn’t be higher, and along with very high winds, have caused a number of accidents in just the last few years.
Nepal seems to be full of dangerous airports, as Tribhuvan International is another one. This one has seen many accidents over the past few decades, because of the often terrible weather conditions surrounding this area.
Ninoy Aquino International
Located in the Philippines by the city of Manila, Ninoy Aquino International is a definite must-NOT-see. This one’s been known for everything from crashes, to bomb scares, and scams run by security guards extorting passengers out of their money.
Perched 2,000-meters high up in the French Alps, Courchevel Airport serves a ski resort of the same name. The problem with this one is that not only is it incredibly short (537m), but it has a gradient of only 18.7% – which means it’s essentially uphill. Add to that the harsh weather conditions and poor visibility, and you’ve got one hell of a dangerous airport.
Of all the airports surrounded by mountains, Toncontin is perhaps the worst. Located in Honduras, this one is especially tough because of its very unfavorable weather conditions. And with one of the shortest runways around, each landing has to be near perfect.
This one tops our list of world’s worst. Madeira Airport, in Santa Catarina, Portugal, is infamous for it’s runway that’s made out of a short bridge. It’s surrounded by high mountains in the North Atlantic Oceans, and is challenging to land in for even the world’s best pilots. Despite all this, there have been relatively few accidents to report, and the ones that did, happened way back in the 70’s.