Weekly Roundup – Eccentric Airports in the World

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Round up | 2 comments

Eccentric Airports in the World

When landing at various airports around the world you will be surprised or shocked because air travel is full of wonderful and weird when it comes to landing or taking off. Here is the list of the most strangest airports in the world.
Kansai International Airport Osaka, Japan

Kansai International Airport is Japans second most important international airport located on the official island in the heart of Osaka Bay 38 kilometers Southwest of Osaka Stations. It serves as a hub for various airlines such as All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines. The Airport has two terminals though is planning to build a third terminal. The first terminal services both domestic and international flights by regular airlines while second terminal also serves both domestic and international flights but by low cost airlines.
Due to land scarcity of land in Japan, engineers headed three miles into Osaka Bay to build this colossal structure, in their mind they had to account for the earthquakes that always hit Japan, dangerous cyclones and unstable seabed. Climate change and rising sea levels poses a threat to the airport existence.

Agatti Airport India

Agati Aerodrome is the only airstrip in Archipelage and it is located of the Southern Coast of India, sits on the island of Agatti. The airport is 4,000 foot long surrounded by the Indian Ocean. The runway appears to get lost in the sea. Flights operates to the island six times a week.

Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Airport serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar and it’s owned by the Ministry of Defense for use by United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. The runway intersects Winston Churchill Avenue which is the busiest road in Gibraltar. Railroad-style crossing gates acts as a barrier holding cars back every time a plane lands or depart.

Courchevel Airport Courchevel, France

The airport has a short runway of only 525 meters located on the French Alps Mountains. The most surprising thing is the steep large hill on the runaway towards the middle of the strip which has 18.5% gradient. The Airport is considered dangerous because of its up slope runway. The hill is so steep that small planes could probably gain momentum rolling down it with their engines off.

Juancho E. Yrasquin Airport Saba, Netherlands Antilles

It is the only airport on the Caribbean Island of Saba. It’s known worldwide for its shortest Commercial runway. Winair is the current airline serving Yrausquin Airport. Due to its short runway, landing and taking off becomes a challenge.

Macau International Airport, Macau

It is situated at the Eastern end of Tapia Island, China. Due to scarcity of land and high population, Engineers like in Kansai Airport had to reclaim land from island to build this unique and eccentric airport. A set of highways links the runway to the surrounding.

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  1. Wow! The “airport” in Courchevel Airport Courchevel, France looks like one heck of an “Adventure” any time of year. Actually makes me want to plan a trip to purposely utilize that airport and experience it firsthand.

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