Air travel has become so popular that you will hardly find a place on earth, where you cannot reach by air. This obsession with air travel has led to mushroom growth of airports around the world. When you will look at the pictures below, you will ask yourself this question. “What on earth, they were thinking, when they put that landing strip there?” All of you will agree that the photos below are an airline pilot’s worst nightmare. These are indeed world’s most difficult landing approaches. It needs a lion’s heart or Instrument Landing to land an aircraft there.

Here I have compiled 10 most difficult and dangerous landing strips of the world.

Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong


With numerous skyscrapers and mountains located to the north and its only runway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, landings at the airport were infamously difficult.

Funchal Airport, Madeira


The airport is infamous for its short runway which, surrounded by high mountains and the ocean, which make it a tricky landing for even the most experienced of pilots

Gustaf III Airport, St. Barts


The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle and departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway

Courchevel Airport, France


Courchevel’s airport has a certain degree of infamy in the aviation industry as home to one of the shortest runways in the world. The airport has a dangerous approach through deep valleys which can only be performed by specially certified pilots

Princess Juliana Airport, Saint Maarten


The airport is famous for its short runway at only 2,400 meters it is barely long enough for heavy jets to land. Therefore, incoming airplanes approaching the island have to fly extremely low, passing only 10-20 meters over relaxing tourists on Maho Beach.

Gilgit Airport, Pakistan


Due to the short runway at Gilgit airport that is located at the edge of a slope, even an aircraft as small as a Boeing 737 aircraft cannot land and take-off at the Gilgit Airport.

Khathmandu International Airport

It is considered one of the dangerous and deadliest airports in the world because of its location and the difficulties during landing. It is a step by step decent landing and the pilot has to continuously monitor the altitude as well as should be physically able to see the mountains. for more details check Assad’s blog post.

Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland


Narsarsuaq Airportis located in Narsarsuaq, in southern Greenland. The lake at the end of the runway and steep cliffs makes it difficult to land even for skilled pilots.

Saba Island Airport, Netherlands Antilles


The locals claim that this is the shortest commercial airport runway in the world. There are not any overrun areas on either end of the paved runway where sheer cliffs immediately drop off over 200 feet into the sea.

Lugano Airport, Switzerland


Lugano-Agno’s instrument approach procedure is quite challenging because of its steep angle of descent of 6.65°which is double of the standard approach. This is due to its geographic location in the mouth of a valley.

Author Ahsan Mukhtar

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35 Responses to 10 Most Dangerous Landing Strips in the World

  1. wow thats cool and chilling info…

  2. wow thats cool and chilling info…

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  4. Tamir says:

    I did Courchevel in Flight Simulator X ! Imazing !
    Before taking off, don’t forget to adjust your mixture of you’ll be way underpowered!

  5. Tamir says:

    I did Courchevel in Flight Simulator X ! Imazing !
    Before taking off, don’t forget to adjust your mixture of you’ll be way underpowered!

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  8. Romberry says:

    Most dangerous landing strips in the world? Not so much.

    http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2009/07/31/askthepilot329/index.html

  9. Romberry says:

    Most dangerous landing strips in the world? Not so much.

    http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2009/07/31/askthepilot329/index.html

  10. daffy says:

    thanks, was just going to post the same. love “ask the pilot”… way better than “ask the underinformed scaremonger”.

  11. daffy says:

    thanks, was just going to post the same. love “ask the pilot”… way better than “ask the underinformed scaremonger”.

  12. Bill says:

    Agreed. Really makes me question the accuracy of their other lists.

  13. Bill says:

    Agreed. Really makes me question the accuracy of their other lists.

  14. crella says:

    Love it!

  15. crella says:

    Love it!

  16. Able Stanton says:

    Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong was closed appx. 10 years ago.

  17. Able Stanton says:

    Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong was closed appx. 10 years ago.

  18. that’s a very interesting list!great post-thanks for sharing!

  19. that’s a very interesting list!great post-thanks for sharing!

  20. Richard says:

    The picture you have titled ‘Khathmandu International Airport’ is actually of Lukla Airport. Lukla is in Nepal but nowhere near Kathmandu.

  21. dharampal says:

    interesting landing

  22. rkhampa says:

    the airport in nepal is “Lukla airport” not Kathmandu International Airport. Everest enthusiasts and mountain climbers have to do this trip, no choice :(

  23. rkhampa says:

    the airport in nepal is “Lukla airport” not Kathmandu International Airport. Everest enthusiasts and mountain climbers have to do this trip, no choice :(

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  25. pushparajbhattarai says:

    Dear Sirs

    I am extremely surprised when I saw name of the Kathmandu International airport is mentioned as one of the world Most Dangerous Landing Strips out of 10 in the World. However the photo posted there is not of the Kathmandu International Airport but Lukla Airport, which is on the lap of Mount Everest. Lukla Airport might be a dangerous one, but not Kathmandu. There are many more dangerous strips airports. Kathmandu airport, having 10,000 feets length is capable of hosting big airplanes, like Thai, JAL, Korean and so on. Please make correction.

  26. djbubble says:

    Thanks for correction. I have corrected it. and as far as Kathmandu landing is concerned my uncle is a commercial pilot and on his insistence i have included it in the list. he must have faced SOMETHING :)

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  28. Spork says:

    Actually, Kathmandu and Lukla (now renamed Tenzing-Hillary Airport) are two entirely separate airports.

  29. Brenno says:

    How about Samos Airport. You fly in from the south towards the mountin with Turkish airspace to the east. Make a 180 turn before you hit the mountain and drop down sharply for the start of th runway most offen in a fairly stiff cross wind.

  30. Ak-47 says:

    i was also amazed when i saw tribhuvan International airport is mentioned as one of the world Most Dangerous Landing Strips out of 10 in the World. ….and yes that picture is of tribhuvan International airport,ktm

  31. Vidyanshu2010 says:

    Also PARO AIRPORT of thimpu, Bhutan  is very dangerous one…

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  33. Krishna says:

    Thats TIA(KAthmandu)airports outside photo,I dont know how it was termed as dangerous & deadliest,to my best of knowledge only two international flights perished,one is Thai Airways International which crashed into the mountains which is to the north of the airport(aicrfat was supposed to head south & make approach again due bad weather)the second one i Pakistan International Airlines which  crashed on approach because of miscalculation.

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