1. Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
The most dangerous airport in the world is home to extreme weather conditions. The stormy weather in the area creates intense turbulence and shear winds affect the planes at all times.
As if that’s not enough, the nearby active volcano emits ash which makes the engines unusable if they come into contact.
2. MCAS Futenma, Okinawa
It is ranked as the most dangerous airport in the world by The Navy and the Marine Corps. Being situated in a US Marine Corps Air Station, the airport is home to multiple F/A-18 Hornets and V-22 Osprey.
However, it is extremely dangerous due to the densely populated area around it which makes it difficult to evacuate in case of emergency.
3. Madeira Airport, Portugal
A scary and yet remarkable piece of architecture, this airport was part of an expansion project. Its small runway size didn’t provide enough space for pilots to descent and ascent. For this reason, architectures built an artificial piece of land to extend the runway.
Over 180 columns hold the runway alongside the massive weight of the aircraft.
4. McMurdo Air Station, Antarctica
With temperatures below zero all year long, the runway of the airport os literally made of ice. Due to low visibility, pilots are also trained to land using night vision goggles.
5. Gibraltar International
Not a particular hard airport to land on, however, it is quite nerve-wracking for the people staying nearby. The runway of the airport is located on top of the main street in the area. The road traffic must be stopped every time a plane needs landing.
6. Paro Airport in Bhutan, Himalayan Mountains
Only a select number of pilots are certified to land at this airport. The challenging airport is surrounded by peaks as high as 5,500 meters and the runway is only 1981 meters long. A nightmare landing awaits those brave enough to operate.
7. Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten
Perhaps the airport with the most viral videos, the Princess Juliana Airport is amongst some of the most dangerous ones. Located at the Carribean Sea, it’s famous for the public beach that sits just before the runway.
Tourists are more than often disrupted by the loud noise and wind of the aircraft. Initially, the airport was built for small airplanes, hence it’s small size.
8. Toncontin Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
This airport is located in mountainous terrain. What makes this airport tricky is the 45-degree bank turn the pilots need to make before landing the aircraft. After this, planes need to descent instantly by also making sure not to hit the terrain underneath them.
9. Courchevel International Airport in France
The airport with the smallest runway in the world at 525 meters is located in the Alps. The tiny runway makes it extremely difficult for pilots to land and takeoffs are even more challenging.
10. Lukla Airport in Nepal
Serving as the main airport for those visiting Mt. Everest it’s certainly not the easiest to land. Located between mountains, Lukla Airport would challenge even the most experienced pilots as it has limited electricity and no air traffic controllers.
It’s also one of the highest altitude airports in the world.