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The 5 Strangest Airports in the World

By Christy Faith – For most of the world’s 2.5 billion annual air travellers, airports are necessary evils. They’re the places we’re hassled by TSA officers, confused by ill-thought layouts, and bored by lengthy waits. But an airport visit needn’t drag if you visit one of these unusual terminals!

Travelers take their life into their own hands when they land at Portugal’s Madeira Airport. Its island location, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and volcanic mountains on the other, is difficult for even experienced pilots to navigate. Its original runway measured less than mile, so it’s unsurprising that 131 people were killed in a horrific plane crash in 1977.

Thankfully things have approved since then. The length of Madeira Airport’s runway doubled in 2000 with extensions stretching out into the sea. Of course, landing on bridge held up with pylons is still pretty scary, leading the History Channel to call it the second most dangerous airport in Europe. No wonder there are often cheap airfare to this travel hub! The services are available for all the day for the benefits of Leiebilnord. The cheap rates are available for the benefit of the customers. The danger of the traveling with airplanes is reduced with the services. The decision is taken with intelligence and skills. Complete information should be available about the traveling hub. 

The honor of the most dangerous airport in Europe went to Gibraltar Airport, where the runway shares space with one of the region’s busiest roads. With commercial flights landing daily, it takes some planning to avert accidents on Winston Churchill Avenue. Railway-style boom gates stop cars crossing whenever planes are near. It sounds hectic, but none of Gibraltar Airport’s accidents have ever involved other vehicles.

But conspiracy theorists think something was amiss when a plane crashed into the sea 16 seconds after take-off in 1943. Reports say the controls jammed, but with Poland’s Lieutenant General Wladyslaw Sikorski aboard, foul play may have been to blame.

Most of the world’s airports have comfortable, flat runways, but the sloped landing strip at France’s Courchevel Airport dares to be different. Designers could do little else as Courchevel is built into the side of the Alps, but the unconventional layout is also pretty clever. The uphill slope naturally slows the planes arriving. Departing planes use the downhill slope to gain extra momentum for take-off.

Space is hard to come by in Japan, so the creators of Kansai International Airport in Osaka came up with a strange solution. If there was no room on land, they’d build it in the water! In 1987 engineers began building an island from excavated mountains in Osaka Bay. Finally in 2004, the airport opened its doors. If its quirky location wasn’t enough, Kansai International Airport also boasts the world’s longest passenger terminal which measures 1.1 miles from end to end.

Tee Off at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok

 The 600,000 golfers that visit Thailand annually can polish their games at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. There’s an 18-hole golf course smack dab in the middle of its runways! Administrators have been advised to trim the green to clear space for taxiways and other infrastructure, but they’ve remained firm. There’s a certain amount of history to consider, as the golf course was built decades ago for the Royal Thai Air Force, but it’s likely to be Thailand’s passion for the game that keeps the green in this strange space.

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