SmarterTravel, an online travel site, has released its list of the World’s 10 Scariest Airports for takeoff and landing. While aimed at airline passengers, the airports also prove challenging for GA pilots, with inconveniently placed volcanoes and runways formed when the tide goes out.
SmarterTravel picks for the World’s Scariest Airports include:
- Barra Airport, Barra, Scotland: It’s always a beach landing and runways form when the tide goes out.
- Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar: The main road to Spain intersects the runway.
- Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras: A 45° bank and quick drop in altitude.
- Nantucket Memorial Airport, Nantucket, Massachusetts: Fog often forces pilots to rely solely on instruments.
- Paro Airport, Paro, Bhutan: Mountainous terrain means every flight is an aeronautical feat.
- Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia: Located on a flattened mountaintop, so overshooting the runway means dropping over a cliff.
- La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City, Guatemala: A startling approach weaves through volcanoes and mountains.
- LaGuardia Airport, New York City, New York: Crowded airspace (JFK/Newark are nearby) and main runways extend over water.
- Wellington International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand: Windy and the northern approach threads local hills and trolley lines.
- John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California: Noise ordinances force pilots to quickly reduce throttle on takeoff.
What do you think the scariest airport is? Add it below in the comment area and we’ll compile a list for an upcoming issue of the print edition of General Aviation News.