Advertising
Advertising

The Most Dangerous Airports in the World Are Every Adventurer’s Dream

The Most Dangerous Airports in the World Are Every Adventurer’s Dream

When it comes to air travel, danger is the opposite of what most people are looking for. However, some of the world’s airports are in such precarious positions, that danger is the only option. All these airports are certainly risky to fly into, but they also offer some incredible experiences. Whether you’re looking for excitement, or just happen to be traveling to some remote locations, these 15 most dangerous airports in the world will give anyone a thrill.

1. Courchevel Airport, France

This airport in France is among the most dangerous in the world. This airport mainly services ski areas, so is situated in the mountains. Not only does this area in France experience heavy winter weather, the runway itself goes over a giant hill. You’d better hope your airplane’s brakes are working if you’re flying into this one.

2. Barra International Airport, Scotland

BARRA_BEACH_AIRPORT_SEP_2010_(5195165612)

    This airport in Scotland is another one of the world’s most dangerous airports. Mostly servicing a remote community, this airport requires planes to land on a sandy beach in place of a runway. However, this is only true when the tide is out, since when the tide is in, the beach is underwater. Luckily, only small, regional flights use this airstrip, but 10,000 people annually experience the thrill of landing on this remote island.

    3. Toncontin International Airport, Honduras

    Advertising

    757landing-toncontin

      This airport in Honduras has been considered one of the most difficult, dangerous landings for a long time. This airport is located in an unusually mountainous area, with one of the world’s shortest runways. Because weather is also more unpredictable in the mountain ranges, planes must fight constant wind and complete a few sharp turns before lining up to the runway. The runway is so troublesome, that in 2008, an Airbus A320 overran the runway and the flight ended in five casualties. After the crash, a runway extension was completed adding 984 feet to the tarmac, making the total length 7,096 feet. The landing is only slightly easier now, and the unique location still requires a savvy pilot.

      4. Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar

      Gibraltar_Airport_Main_Highway

        Another airport that’s really dangerous, yet must be an experience to fly into, is the Gibraltar International Airport. This dangerous airport is a thrill because the airport runway intersects with a major highway. Every plane that goes down the runway relies on drivers obeying traffic circles to land safely. Given how often traffic problems occur elsewhere, this landing is certainly exciting.

        5. Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan

        Kix_aerial_photo

          This airport just outside Osaka, Japan, is bordered on all sides by water. Because of high population density in Japan, the only place with enough room for an airport was on the ocean. The airport features spectacular views coming into it; however, fliers are probably too nervous about overshooting the runway to notice.

          6. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island

          Advertising

          640px-Saba_airport

            While Toncontin International Airport airport in Honduras boasts one of the world’s shortest runways, the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in the Caribbean is the shortest in the world. Commercial flights rarely land on this runway, as it is only 396 meters long. The only aircraft allowed to operate from this airport are certified short takeoff and landing aircraft. So while the only aircraft that are capable of landing here are smaller, the short runway still makes for a thrilling approach.

            7. Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barts

            The airport on this French island in the Caribbean is definitely among the world’s most dangerous. Another airport with an extremely short landing, this landing strip ends in a very short beach, followed by the ocean. Larger planes must land at a neighboring airport on the island of St. Martin, but smaller prop planes regularly fly between St. Barts and St. Martin. Another airport that is a truly thrilling experience.

            8. Ice Runway, Antarctica

            1024px-Antarctica_McMurdo_Ice_Runway_Skytraders_A319

              The ice runway in Antarctica is the only way to land a plane on the continent. The airport has no paved runways, and planes are forced to land directly on ice. This is all in addition to some of the worst weather on the planet.

              9. Princess Juliana International Airport, Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten

              Advertising

              1024px-Princess_juliana_international_airport_approach

                This airport in St. Maarten is well known on YouTube for the spectacular videos of planes landing nearly close enough to tourists’ heads for people to reach up and touch the planes. The airport runway begins directly on the other side of a sandy beach, so visitors see planes pass right over them.

                10. Svalbard Airport, Svalbard, Norway

                Svalbard_Airport_-_Longyear_NO

                  This airport in Norway is the furthermost northern airport in the entire world. Another airport with a smaller landing strip, this airport experiences perilous weather hazards, as it is above the Arctic Circle.

                  11. Tenzing Hillary Airport, Nepal

                  Lukla_Airport_April_2010

                    This airport in Nepal is notable because it’s the first stop on many climber’s journey when attempting to scale Mount Everest. Though the airport is somewhat popular, the runway terminates at the edge of a cliff. Another airport where taking off at the right time is essential.

                    12. Madeira Airport, Portugal

                    Advertising

                    Aeroporto_da_Madeira4

                      This airport off the coast of northern Africa is surrounded by water on one side and hills on the other. In the year 2000, the runway was expanded to run about half a mile straight out into the ocean. Despite the fact that this landing strip is long enough to accommodate commercial jetliners, even if you’re not afraid of the airstrip out over the ocean, constant inclement weather and difficult wind speeds will give anyone a thrill.

                      13. Congonhas Airport, São Paulo

                      São Paulo city and Congonhas airport

                        Just miles away from the city center of São Paulo in Brazil, this airport was built in the 1930s. Because of the city’s subsequent rapid growth, the airport was almost immediately too small for the number of planes passing through it. However, city growth makes expanding the airport impossible, so pilots are forced to make hairpin turns and follow air traffic controllers’ instructions exactly in order to stay safe on the tarmac.

                        14. Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho

                        Matekane-Air-Strip-Lesotho

                          This is another air strip that is dangerous because of the unusual approach pilots are required to execute. Another airport surrounded by mountains and the ocean, this airport requires such a tight landing that pilots have to be specially trained. The clockwise approach in place of a typical straight approach, requires special handling and an iron will.

                          15. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

                          UA744-HKG-02

                            Thankfully this dangerous airport closed in 1998, but is likely still one of the scariest airports all time. The airport required a tight approach with planes just missing skyscrapers and surrounding mountains. Another airstrip that shot headlong into the harbor, this is one of the world’s most dangerous airports travelers no longer need to stomach.

                            More by this author

                            Alicia Prince

                            A writer, filmmaker, and artist who shares about lifestyle tips and inspirations on Lifehack.

                            25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education 10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed When You Start to Enjoy Being Single, These 12 Things Will Happen common words 18 Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing Wondering Why K Pop is So Popular? Here are 10 Reasons

                            Trending in Leisure

                            1 30 Fun Things to Do at Home 2 10 Things Only Those Who Travel With Friends Understand 3 20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You 4 5 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily 5 World’s 30 Coolest And Most Unusual Hostels You Definitely Need To Visit

                            Read Next

                            Advertising
                            Advertising
                            Advertising

                            Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                            20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                            20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                            Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                            If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                            1. Create a Daily Plan

                            Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                            2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                            Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                            3. Use a Calendar

                            Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                            I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                            Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                            4. Use an Organizer

                            An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                            These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

                            Advertising

                            5. Know Your Deadlines

                            When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                            But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                            6. Learn to Say “No”

                            Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                            Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                            7. Target to Be Early

                            When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                            For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                            Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                            8. Time Box Your Activities

                            This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                            You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

                            Advertising

                            9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                            Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                            10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                            Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                            You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                            11. Focus

                            Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                            Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                            Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                            12. Block out Distractions

                            What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                            I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                            When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

                            Advertising

                            Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                            13. Track Your Time Spent

                            When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                            You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                            14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                            You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                            Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                            15. Prioritize

                            Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                            Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                            16. Delegate

                            If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                            When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

                            Advertising

                            17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                            For related work, batch them together.

                            For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                            1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                            2. coaching
                            3. workshop development
                            4. business development
                            5. administrative

                            I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                            18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                            What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                            One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                            While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                            19. Cut off When You Need To

                            The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                            Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                            20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                            Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

                            More Time Management Techniques

                            Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

                            Read Next