8 Scariest Airports in the World

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Telluride Regional Airport it’s definitely worth avoiding

Telluride Regional Airport is in southwest Colorado, and it’s widely considered one of the scariest in the whole world. Around 5 miles (8 km) west of the town of Telluride, this one’s by far one of the highest airports by elevation in entire America, at 2.76 km.

It was built in the 80s, and it used to boast over 9,400 operations a year, at least before Covid hit. While in reality, it’s actually safe, the approach to it might seem quite hair-raising, at least.

It can be found on a very small plateau, and it features 1,000-foot (300 mt) sheer cliffs on both ends of the runway, so any pilot that wants to land there has to overcome strong vertical turbulence from the mountain winds, especially in the winter months. Even more, each end of the runway is a bit higher than the middle, which creates a dip.

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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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