Are you aware of the world’s most dangerous airports? Have you flown to any of them? While we all know that statistically, flying is by far the safest, fastest and most reliable way of traveling, many of us still suffer from a terrible fear of moving through the sky on a 200 ton metal contraption (give or take a few tons). Sadly these airports do not alleviate those fears at all! If you are one of those people who start to sweat before every take-off, or worse, tremble at the mere mention of an airplane, you will definitely want to avoid traveling to/from the airports featured in this post. Conversely, if you are a total thrill seeker and are looking for your next adventure, by all means, book the next flight. We have to hand it to the pilots who fly in and out of these treacherous locations on a day to day basis because they must have some massive jewels to deal with these landing strips. From a New Zealand airport whose main runway is crossed by a railway to a Tibetan airport perched high up in the Himalayas, these are 25 Dangerous Airports That Might Just Keep You From Traveling.
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Svalbard Airport, Norway
Located 3 km (2 mi) from Longyearbyen, the largest settlement and administrative centre of Svalbard, Norway, the Svalbard Airport is the world´s northernmost airport with public scheduled flights. Surrounded by ice-cold sea and high mountains, this airport was a site of the worst air crash in Norwegian history as 141 people died here in an aviation accident in 1996.
Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
Sitting right among the Hong Kong´s skyscrapers, the Kai Tak Airport was so dangerous it actually had to be closed in 1998. Once called “the mother of all scary airports”, it was replaced with the new Hong Kong International Airport built 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the west of the Kai Tak Airport.
Los Angeles International Airport, California, US
With over 70 million handled passengers in 2014, the Los Angeles International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the US. Unfortunately, this airport has also witnessed numerous air crashes and incidents including shootings and even bomb explosions, which makes it one of the most dangerous US airports.
Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin
Located on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, a territory belonging to France and Netherlands, the Princess Juliana International Airport is notorious for its extreme proximity to a local beach. Incredible photos of planes flying just above the heads of tourists are famous all over the world.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal
Also known as Lukla Airport, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is a small airport situated at an enormous height of almost 3 km (1.8 mi) in the town of Lukla in eastern Nepal. Affected by high winds, cloud cover, and changing visibility, this airport was ranked as the world´s most dangerous airport in 2010 by the History Channel.