10 most unusual airports in the world

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10 most unusual airports in the world
10 most unusual airports in the world
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The international airport at an altitude of 4 kilometers, the runway crossed by the railway line - is not the whole list of which the most unusual airports in the world can boast.

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Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

A small airport in the small town of Gisborne in the north of New Zealand is not very remarkable - planes do not visit it often, and mostly small, since the runway is quite narrow, and there are no large settlements nearby. No one in the world, except for a few residents of the town of Gisborne, would have known about it, if not for one remarkable circumstance: an operating railway passes right in the middle of the runway. Airplanes sometimes have to wait for another train to pass before continuing to land.

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Princess Juliana Airport, Saint Martin Island

This airport is one of the ten most dangerous airports in the world, and for good reason. Located in the Caribbean on a small island divided between France and the Netherlands, the airport has a runway that starts almost at the beach. The strip comes so close to the coast that planes are forced to fly 10-20 meters over the heads of tourists relaxing on the beach. Sometimes - to their admiration, sometimes - to horror.

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Hiancho-Irauskin Airport, Saba Island

Just 46 kilometers southwest of the coast of St. Martin is the international airport with the shortest runway in the world - only 400 meters (with the diameter of the island being 2.5 km). Only small planes or helicopters can land here. This place has in common with the airport of Princess Juliana that it is the possession of the Netherlands, and is also included in the top of the most dangerous airports in the world.

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Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar

In Gibraltar, in this small but strategically important overseas territory of Great Britain, there is an airport, the runway of which is crossed by the largest road in the local city. Every time a plane takes off or lands, the transport artery has to be closed off. Despite the fact that the airport is owned by the UK Department of Defense, in addition to the military, civilian flights are sometimes carried out.

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Funchal Airport, Madeira Island, Portugal

Madeira International Airport, or Funchal, attracts with the architectural style of its runway. In 2000, a structure of 180 reinforced concrete pillars, each 5 meters in diameter, was completed, which are the base of the strip. Sometimes the pillars rise 50 meters above sea level. This design, however, is not explained by the creative impulse of the engineer, but by practical necessity: earlier, Madeira Airport was too difficult to land due to the surrounding landscape.

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Courchevel Airport, France

A place well known to Russian oligarchs and fans of James Bond films (in Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond successfully landed a plane here). It has one of the shortest runways in the world (525 meters), with an 18% slope. Only very experienced pilots can cope with landing here. Considering that the airport is located in the French Alps, it also boasts picturesque views.

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Barra Airport, Scotland

The uniqueness of the airport is ensured by the fact that all three of its runways are nothing more than a sandy coast. It is located on the northern tip of the Scottish island of Barra and is one of the ten most dangerous airports in the world. During high tides, its functionality ceases until the water again exposes the runway. The only thing that limits and marks the stripes along their length is a wooden fence. Designed for very small aircraft.

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Ice Runway, Antarctica

No tar, no asphalt, not even sand.Only ice and snow for many, many kilometers around. Ice Runway, in fact, is not even an airport, but one of the most famous runways located in the Antarctic region. Landing is difficult not only with ice, but also with harsh weather conditions. At the beginning of each season, the strip is cleared of snow for aircraft that carry special cargo and passengers to the nearby largest settlement in Antarctica, McMurdo. Despite the fact that the danger of falling through the ice for aircraft is quite real, very large aircraft like the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy landed here. In early December, when the ice begins to break, they stop using the strip.

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Yadin Airport in Daochen, China

The media calls this civilian airport the highest. Not without reason - opened only in 2013, the Tibetan airport is located at a record height of 4,411 meters above sea level. It is also noteworthy that the airport terminal resembles a flying saucer.

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Kansai airport, Japan

Probably the most unusual airport in the world, Kansai is entirely located on two islands, and completely artificial. The island is connected to the land by a single 3 km long bridge. Osaka Bay, where the airport is located, is one of the most seismically active points in the world, so large funds had to be spent on strengthening the structures of the terminal and runway. However, they paid for themselves. In 1996, many parts of Japan were struck by the strongest earthquake of 7 on the Richter scale, and in 1998, a powerful typhoon swept over the airport with wind speeds of up to 200 km / h. Kansai successfully survived both natural disasters and continued to function. The administration defeated even the gradual subsidence of the islands' soil and is now planning to build another terminal and a third runway.

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