8 Scariest Airports in the World

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Lukla Airport is IN the Himalayas

The Lukla Airport, which is technically Tenzing-Hillary Airport, located in Nepal, is used as the main airport for those who are visiting Mount Everest. What makes this airport so scary and interesting to land on is the way it is nestled right between the mountains, and the incredibly short length of the runway.

The airport is not too big, actually. Sometimes it loses electric power, and it cuts off communication with the controllers, which makes landings even riskier, no matter the conditions.

Courchevel International Airport has one of the shortest runways in the world

There’s even a video of a landing at the Courchevel airport that went viral a couple of years ago, because it has the shortest runway in the world, at only 525 meters. Plus, the paved runway has a downward slope of 18.5%, which…yes, you guessed, makes everything even more impossible.

Oh, but that’s not all! The runway is built RIGHT INTO the Alps, so the pilots have to go through a narrow valley to prepare for descent. There are few pilots in the world who are actually allowed to land there. And the cherry on the cake is that it doesn’t have lights or instrumentation aids too, so the question is…is it even an airport? I mean, I don’t know…

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9 thoughts on “8 Scariest Airports in the World”

  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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