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Dangerous Airport

by John White |

Courchevel Airport in France in WinterWhat exactly constitutes a dangerous airport anyway? Is it the airport runways themselves, the approach to the airport, the lack of facilities? Exactly how do we decide what a dangerous airport is? For those who are not pilots in might be how close the aircraft comes to people during the landing and takeoff phases of the flight operations, or perhaps its remoteness in the world.

5 Dangerous Airports?

I would submit to you that there are a lot of dangerous airports in the world, and that there are at least 5 reasons they are dangerous:
  1. The approach to the airport is very difficult as was the approach to the Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong when it was open;
  2. When the airport is located at a high altitude where wind, weather and visibility can be a problem as at Courcheval in France;
  3. The distraction of tourists around the landing threshold which can be distracting as at the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten;
  4. An airport where you can't line up for a straight in approach as at the Lukla Airport in Nepal;
  5. An airport where the hazards are because of the need to integrate with ground transportation as at the Gibraltar Airport.

Kai Tak Airport, Hong, Kong

he Kai Tak International Airport in Hong Kong

Courchevel Airport France

Courchevel Airport in France in Winter

Princess Juliana International Airport St. Maarten

The Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten

Lukla Airport in Nepal

The Lukla Airport in Nepal after the turn

Gibraltar Airport in Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Airport Showing The Crossing Road

The World's Most Extreme Airports

If you would like to read up on what constitutes a dangerous airport I recommend the Most Extreme Airports as a good read. In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch! Please share "Offut Air Force Base" with your friends using the buttons below. Thanks!     Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for updates via email for "All Things Aviation" here!

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