Ensure that your seatbelts are fastened and your table tray is in the upright position, as the landing might be bumpy! Explore and experience some of the world’s most frightening airport landings!
No. 5: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, India
At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh, India. Located in the centre of the Himalaya Range, this airport is certainly one of the highest. You can expect a breath-taking scenic approach to this location, however, it can also get bumpy due to strong winds. No hand luggage is allowed during the flight to this location because of the tight airport security. You will only find planes taking off and landing in the morning due to the severe afternoon winds.
No. 4: Velana International Airport, Maldives
The Velana International Airport located on the Island of Male, is the main international airport of the archipelago of Maldives. Before you dip your toes in the turquoise waters, you will firstly have to face a terrifying landing. Local journeys are made at this location by seaplanes. However, planes coming from international destinations normally land on the tarmac that is just a few metres away from the sea on both side. This gives you the impression that the plane is almost about to take a dip into the ocean during landing.
No. 3: Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
The Narsarsuaq Airport is found in a settlement of the same name in southern Greenland, in the municipality of Kujalleq. It is one of the only two airports in Greenland that can serve huge airliners. In this dangerous region, the experienced pilots must be extremely cautious while negotiating their way through the icy mountains of Narsarsuaq. High winds and fog are common occurrences in this remote area, where landing is completely banned at night.
No. 2: Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal
If you are ever planning to reach the Everest Base Camp, there is a high chance that you will need to go through the mountainous landing strip of the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. This is found in the region of Lukla in Nepal. Even for the most experience pilot, it can be challenging to come close to the snowy peaks. With gigantic mountains found at the end of the runway, the pilots require extreme precision to avoid a crash. Take off can also be complicated on the runway that ends as a mountain cliff drop.
No. 1: Princess Juliana airport, Maho beach, Saint Martin
Holidaymakers at Maho Beach on St Martin Island will most probably remember this place for its still blue waters. But many would also agree that this Caribbean beach is also unique due to its proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport. This has since become the right spot for people to watch those huge aircrafts fly just a few feet above their head when they are landing. The pilots require to be precise with the altitude when landing, as it narrowly passes over this beach.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have safely landed. You may unfasten your seatbelt now! Did you know that there are over 102,000 scheduled flights every day worldwide? Plus, there are nearly fifty thousand routes served globally! Let’s pay a special tribute and say thank you to all the courageous pilots around the world. Without them, we would not be able to reach our destinations safely!