25 Most Dangerous Airport Runways

Are you brave enough to land at these 25 Most Dangerous Airport Runways? Let’s face it: traveling can be quite stressful at times. It’s not only plotting logistics and making sure everything is in order.

Sometimes, it’s getting on the plane that’s the most nerve-wracking, especially if you have a fear of flying. Not all fears of flying are unjustified. As you’ll soon see, some of these destinations have the worst airport runways ever!

If you are one of the many people who have a flying phobia, you’ll want to stay away from these 25 Most Dangerous Airport Runways!

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Svalbard Airport, Norway


What would you think if we told you that there’s an airport in Norway built on ice? What? You don’t believe us? Actually, we can make things even more unbelievable for you. Under the runways are culverts, which allow water to run from the local mountains. Cool huh? 

Wait, it gets even “better.” Because of the lack of runway lights in this airport, flights are only permitted during daylight. If it gets dark earlier and you have to land at the Svalbard Airport, the best thing to do is to start praying! 


Wellington International Airport, New Zealand


Landings in this airport can be extremely hazardous. The reason’s very simple. There’s only one very short runway that begins and ends in crystal blue waters.

Despite being a very dangerous place to land a plane, its scenic beauty makes it one of the most beautiful airports in the world.


Los Angeles International, USA


According to Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles International is the venue for what the FAA calls an “ongoing intensive outreach program.” In other words, pilots, controllers, and vehicle operators there need to be trained constantly on the best new practices. Why?

To make sure that everything works safely for the passengers. Additionally, Los Angeles International has been ranked multiple times throughout the years as the most dangerous airport in the US.


San Diego International Airport, United States


Similar to LAX, San Diego International Airport is also considered to be one of the busiest commercial airports in the US. Entrance to the airport is blocked on the south and east side due to the mountains. Even further south lies the border of Mexico.

This means that planes have to both take off and enter on the west side, barely just passing by each other.


Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshadweep, India


This airport is surrounded by nothing except the Indian Ocean. It really makes you wonder what would happen if something went wrong during landing. Or if the pilot needed more space to take off. The 4,000-foot-long Agatti Aerodrome is so arbitrary and small that it really looks like a piece of a larger runway was lost at sea somehow.


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