Flying is a scary adventure for some travelers. It has even stopped some people from exploring the world. For others, flying is exciting, and the gateway to new lands.
But even for pilots, flying can be a testing experiance, especially if you have to fly to a dangerous airport, or land on a very strange runway. Some runways are too short, some are at a high altitude, some planes fly too close to people, but the best pilots will always find a way to get you to your destination.
For those of you who are afraid of flying, be warned of these airports if you’re traveling anytime soon. Here are the 10 Most Dangerous Airports.
10. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport | Saba Island
A beautiful island in the Caribbean is many people’s dream of a tropical vacation. But most people don’t expect to land on a 1,300ft runway. Now you may be thinking that sounds pretty long, but it’s not. It’s about the size of most aircraft carrier runways. Not only is this runway very short, if the plane isn’t stopped in time, there’s nothing to keep it from falling into the ocean. Beautiful or not, you have to survive the land before you can enjoy your vacation.
9. Qamdo Bamda Airport | Tibet
This airport is known for being the highest airport in the world. It sits at 14,000ft above sea level. This is also one of the longest runways in the world, stretching 3.5 miles, or the length of sixty soccer fields. So you would think if the runway is long, it should be safer, right? But because of the high altitude, flying is actually more dangerous. Plus, landing is more dangerous, and the higher the altitude, the more space you need to land a plane. Be sure to research weather conditions before planning any trips to Tibet.