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August
20

The world’s most unusual airports

Picture this: You’re on a plane, readying for takeoff. But your plane can’t depart quite yet — because there’s a train crossing the runway.

That’s not as far-fetched as you might think: There is in fact at least one airport in the world whose runway intersects a railroad line. It’s just one of the weird airports you’ll learn about in Bing Travel’s latest slide show, which also includes oddities such as an airport golf course, runways on beaches, and a terminal on an artificial island.

Which are the weirdest airports you’ve traveled to? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Comments

  • Those pics are awesome. really the most weird airports.

    Thanks for sharing Amy.

  • I'm surpised that you didn't mention El Alto Int'l Airport serving La Paz, Bolivia. It's so high (13,325 ft.) that sometimes passengers die when their plane lands. Oxygen and medics often have to be rushed on board to prevent others from the same fate.

    Another unusual airport is on Union Island in St. Vincent's Tobago Cays. The runway is so short that it features a big "bump" at the end to help get planes into the air on takeoff.

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  • Hong Kong, before the new airport, to be sure!!

  • Juancho Yrausquin Airport (SAB) on Saba (Netherlands Antilles) in the Caribbean. The runway is just a small strip on the only flat piece of rock at Cove Bay, very short and looks like it drops in the sea. It's the shortest commercial landing strip in the world, 400 metres, only a Twin-Otter and 2 smaller types of planes can land there. They sell t-shirts there telling that "I've survived the Saba landing". (Yeah, cool, but you still got to leave one day...) See a pic here www.ronbudding.nl/Saba.htm

    The island itself is a gem in the Caribbean sea, it's a beautiful hike up the dead volcano. And I hate hiking, so if I tell you it's great, believe me!

    And, btw, it's an awesome sight standing on the beach at the start of the Princess Juliana Airport on SMX, and watching a plane land or take off. Dangerous too, once the wind generated by a plane was so hard it made the fence come loose and some people got hurt.

  • Juancho Yrausquin Airport (SAB) on Saba (Netherlands Antilles) in the Caribbean. The runway is just a small strip on the only flat piece of rock at Cove Bay, very short and looks like it drops in the sea. It's the shortest commercial landing strip in the world, 400 metres, only a Twin-Otter and 2 smaller types of planes can land there. They sell t-shirts there telling that "I've survived the Saba landing". (Yeah, cool, but you still got to leave one day...) See a pic here www.ronbudding.nl/Saba.htm

    The island itself is a gem in the Caribbean sea, it's a beautiful hike up the dead volcano. And I hate hiking, so if I tell you it's great, believe me!

    And, btw, it's an awesome sight standing on the beach at the start of the Princess Juliana Airport on SMX, and watching a plane land or take off. Dangerous too, once the wind generated by a plane was so hard it made the fence come loose and some people got hurt.

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  • International Airport Split Croatia, I flew only once and I'll never forget the feeling when looking out of the window into a huge rock, cannot remember the name of the mountain, befor a hard left turn making your tommy rising before you hit the land. If you need to go to Split choose a diferrent mean aod transportation.

  • It's surprising they chose Juneau over Dutch Harbor (Unalaska) (DUT) up here. The Dutch Harbor airport both has regularly scheduled beach landings, but a very interesting approach depending upon the wind and visibility.

  • St,George, Utah is a weird airport

  • cool pictures....

  • Leh Airport in Ladakh in Northern India is at approximately 11,500 feet above sea level.  The descent takes you perilously close to the Himalayas.  Leh (the site of recent flooding - August 2010) is a beautiful place with many Tibetan monasteries in and around the town.

  • Bing forgot to mention one of the busiest airports in south America, Congonhas wich is located on a plateau in the middle of a metropolis of Sao Paulo populated by 15 million people and surrounded by all sides with tall buildings and skyscrapers. Big miss!

  • I thought the Kodiak islang airport was exciting.  There is a hugh mountain side right at the very end of a short runway!!  How do you CHECK BRAKES before landing??

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