If you’ve got a fear of flying, then we’re going to give you fair warning about what follows. We’re cataloguing some of the most dangerous airports in the entire world. When you see the runways at these airports – how short they are, how high up in the mountains they are, what’s surrounding them – you may never want to get onto an airplane again…
Or, maybe they’re not that bad! But, these airports are certainly pretty nuts and pretty dangerous. From one that’s situated on a beach that goes underwater when its high tide, to one with a runway so short you won’t even believe anyone can take off or land there, you’re going to be impressed! So, let’s take a look at 15 of the craziest and most dangerous airports on the planet!
1. McMurdo Air Station
What makes this airport in Antarctica so dangerous? How about the fact that the three runways are literally made out of ice!
2. Damascus International Airport
It’s not the runways that make this airport one of the world’s most dangerous, it’s the growing civil tension and terrorism that has marked the airport’s recent history.
3. Gibraltar International
Gibraltar is a small island, and this international airport has an incredibly short runway that if overshot can lead to an airplane ending up in the water.
4. Courchevel International Airport
This French airport that’s high up in the mountains has an incredibly short runway that terminates at a cliff’s edge.
5. Barra Airport
Found in Scotland, this airport’s runways are on the beach, meaning that they’re technically underwater once high tide rolls in.