8 Scariest Airports in the World

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Saba Airport is no less than hazardous

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, also known as Saba Airport, is definitely an airport worth avoiding. It can be found on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba, and it lies about 27 miles south of St. Marteen. Its runway has only 1300 feet (400 meters), which makes it probably the shortest commercial airport in the world.

This small runway length means that only some of the most skilled pilots in the world would really know to safely land and take off from it. What’s even worse is that the fact that is so short isn’t by far the worst thing about it. The airport is no less than completely surrounded by jagged terrain and a sharp left bank right before landing.

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  1. I flew 20 yrs. Ago, not because I wanted to but because I had to !!!! & It took ALOT for me to get through it !! Luckily they were short flights , less than 2 hrs. After that I never flew again & NEVER WILL !!! I HATE FLYING !!!

    1. You are so right! I live in San Diego. I landed on a United flight here in the nineties so hard that trays and other items fell onto the floor in the galley. The absolute worst landing I have ever had into San Diego. Oh yes I forgot to mention the buildings you fly in between. The running joke “We could see what people were eating at Mr. A’s.”

  2. Valerie Fitzgerald

    Terrific airport—magnificent landing views. Got some of my best pics out the window of the plane while it was landing. Wouldn’t hesitate to go to Telluride again (sigh) don’t quite have the cash, though!

  3. as a passenger the 3 NY metro airports are the scariest. Between JFK, LaGuardia and Newark,(nt to mention Teterboro) that’s a lot of airplanes that air traffic control has to keep from bumping into each other

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