world’s 15 most scenic airport runways..!

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world’s 15 most scenic airport runways..!

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Flight times vary at this unique beach runway according to the tides. The runway is underwater once each day.

The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936.

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      2. Courchevel Altiport, France

Only certified pilots are permitted to land here, as the approach is through deep valleys and tough mountain conditions. Since it is located in the French Alps, these dangerous conditions make for great viewing for the passengers.

The airfield has a very short runway of only 537 metres (1,762 ft) with a gradient of 18.6%. There is no go-aroundprocedure for landings at Courchevel, due to the surrounding mountainous terrain. De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops served the airport in the past; however, the airfield primarily sees smaller fixed-wing aircraft such as Cessnas as well as helicopters at present. The runway has no instrument approach procedure or lighting aids, thus making landing in fog and low clouds unsafe and almost impossible


3. Nice Airport, France

Travellers to Nice are treated to a stunning view of the French Riviera, which makes it one of the most beautiful runways in the world.


        5. Queenstown airport, New Zealand

New Zealand is undeniably beautiful, and coming in from the air is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A regular scenic route between Queenstown and Milford Sound was first established by Southern Scenic Air Services Ltd in August 1951. Mount Cook Airline was the pioneer of tourist flights into Queenstown.


       6. Kansai International Airport, Osaka Bay

It has been constructed on an artificial island which is connected to the mainland by a 1.8-mile-long (3 km) bridge. The turquoise water is visible from every angle.


 

        7. Madeira Airport, Portugal

The runway is surrounded by high mountains and the ocean. Despite the beauty for passengers, it is a tricky runway even for most experienced pilots.

        9. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba

It is known for the shortest runway in the world. At just a quarter-mile (396 metre) long and flanked by hills, only helicopters and small aircrafts can use it.

David Scowsill, president & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council said of Saba in the Caribbean: 'A simply unforgettable and thrilling landing on the world's shortest runway, flanked by cliffs and ocean with a striking view of its active Volcano, Mount Scenery.'


 

       10. Toronto City Airport, Canada

A combination of skyscrapers and natural beauty make landing in Toronto a sightseeing experience.

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       11. Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming, U.S.

It is set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Teton Mountains, making it a heavenly experience for passengers as flights approach the runway.

        12. Paro Airport, Bhutan

Located in the Himalayas, it offers a view of small houses scattered around the foothills. Though landing is considered to be tough here, the views over the clear blue waters over the Paro river and the lush green surroundings take the edge off passengers’ nerves.

        13. Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin

The runway starts just feet from the edge of the ocean which makes it a grand (and scary) sight for tourists on the beach.


       14. Gibraltar International airport, Gibraltar

Located at just a third-mile (500 meters) from Gibraltar’s city center, the runway is intersected by a road that has to be closed every time there is a movement on the runway. The rock of Gibraltar is visible on the approach.

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