Are you scared of flying? Have an issue during take-offs and landings? You might want to change your destination or even cancel your flight when it comes to these destinations.
Take off and landing is just a small but risky part of a journey. In these airports, most pilots have to attend special training, see, read and practice on the actual runway, thus they do have to dither homework prior to going to these airports. Zahorornacky Gregory, an assistant professor in the Aeronautical Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a former active captain with over 15000 hours flying, said.
The following are the world’s most dreaded airport runways in no particular order, that test the pilot’s skills and preparation.
1. Parro International Airport, Parro, Bhutan
It is the only International Airport in the country. It is elevated to 2,244.5 meters above sea level. In order to land most pilots have to ensure there is enough visibility and navigate between hills and over mountains before making a curve in order to access the runway. Only 20 pilots have been approved in 2020 to land there.
2. St. Helena Airport, St. Helena
It is a remote British island in the Atlantic, where Napoleon was exiled. The airport was completed in 2016, but what conditions have been a worrying concern since the island has a rugged topology. Only specially trained are allowed to land and take off from the airport.
3. Sào Paulo Congonhas Airport ,Sào Paulo, Brazil.
The airport was built in 1936. Due to crowding in Sào Paulo, most aircraft fly over rooftops until they reach the runway. On July 2007 an airliner crashed that killing 187 people on board and 12 people on the ground. Since the 2007 situation, improvements have been done to reduce slipperiness and installation of an Engineering Material Arresting system (EMAS) to prevent aircraft from overrunning the runway.
4. Phoenix Airfield, Ross Island Antarctica.
5. Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar.
6. Juancho E Yrausquin Airport ,Saba.
7. Kushok Bakule Rimpochee Airport, Leh India.
8. Courchesel Altiport , Courchesel France.
9. Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Mainten.
10. Tanzing Hallony (Lukla) Airport, Lukla ,Nepal.
Built-in 1964, the airport provided access to the base camp at Mt. Everest which has an elevation of 2,860 metres, 572 meters long runway located on a cliffside, and slants upwards which does help the planes to slow down. Pilots do have to fly at higher speeds to contend with the present lower density.