Unique Airports Around the World
When flying, no one really thinks of an airport as destination worthy. It’s the little unique oddities that puts an airport on the interest radar. As we scurry through airports, we are so focus-driven on getting to the gate that we fail to appreciate the beauty and rarities that a hub of travel holds.
Not for the faint of heart!
Several airports are quite frankly, terrifying to fly in and out of. The anxiety level for some passengers can be overwhelming, but the addition of treacherous landing conditions is an unwanted bonus!
Princess Juliana International Airport – Saint Martin
Beachgoers on Maho Beach flocked to the outer fence boundary of this airport to get the full effect of planes landing and taking off. Many refer to this activity as “fence surfing.” Strong winds known as “jet blasts”, occur when a plane lands or takes off. As the giant plane approaches, spectators take hold onto the fence and wait…a sudden blast of hot air blows them backward. This action is dangerous and has led to a recent death.
Ice Runway – Antarctica
In the frozen tundra of Antarctica, sits the remote McMurdo Station which is the base of operation for the U.S. Antarctic Program. The summer season has a population of 1,000, however, as winter approaches, that number drops drastically. Winter is brutal and harsh with a low temperature of -58 F degrees. Below the frozen icy surface lays glacial waters which tend to shift and move causing fractures in the ice. Imagine landing on that!
Paro Airport – Bhutan
Landing at this airport is harrowing, to say the least. When approaching the short runway of Paro, pilots hasten to get the aircraft steadied as they quickly approach landing. This little airport sits situated in the peaks of the Himalayas and conditions for flying are at best dangerous. There are only a handful of pilots who are certified to fly in and out of this airport.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport – Nepal
This is the world’s most dangerous airport to fly aircraft in and out of. As the hub for Mt. Everest, Tenzing-Hillary sits perched on a cliff in the snow-capped peaks. Bad weather accounts for many deadly crashes. As the pilot approaches, both courage and skill are required to maneuver into the short runway. The “pucker factor” is quite high when landing or taking off.
Surrounded by Ocean
Creative engineering designed unique locations for over-populated areas unable to accommodate the large footprint of an airport. Two particular airports are situated on islands out and away from the densely occupied areas.
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport – Maldives
Beautifully located on an island, this airport is only accessible via boat or seaplane. A true gem nestled in the turquoise waters of the Maldives.
Kansai International Airport – Japan
Located on a man-made island, Kansai is uniquely the world’s first offshore all encompassing airport.
Airport Amenities that Rock
Hong Kong International Airport intices travelers to take a break and enjoy a round of golf on their nine-hole course.
Singapore’s Changi Airport brings nature indoors offering nature trails to explore. What a great way to beat jet lag!
Rest for the Weary in an Airport
After flying in and out of airports worldwide, it’s a given that jetting makes a body tired. Most passengers are not aware of nifty options to catching a few zzz’s while on layover.
These miniature versions of a bedroom comes complete with single or double beds, an alarm clock, complimentary snacks, drinks and even WiFi. Available up to 24 hours.
This futuristic chairs looks similar to a space capsule. Pull the privacy shade over your chair, recline into a bed while enjoying WiFi. For a fee, you can purchase bed linen, toiletries, pillow and matching eye shades.
Open the door to what appears to be a box and walk in to your little suite. Includes fresh bed linens, a work area, touch screen entertainment, WiFi, cool air, mood lighting and alarm clock.
Resembling a honeycomb, rows of bunks offer a quiet space to climb up and into. Amenities include toiletries, locker, shower, bath towel, slippers and ambient system.
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, we can all agree that there is truly no place we would rather be than home.