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Crazy Airport Runways

Beautiful runway pictures of craziest airports

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2. Princess Julian Airport, St. Maarten

Credit: Jared Morgan
Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) is the airport of St. Maarten. It is located 15 kilometers northwest of Philipsburg and is operated by Princess Juliana International Operating Company NV (PJIAE), a limited liability company, which is wholly owned by PJIA Holding N.V. which in turn is fully owned by the Island Government of the Island Territory of St. Maarten. Under a concession granted to PJIAE by Government for a period of twenty years - effective January 3, 1997- PJIAE manages, operates, maintains and develops the Princess Juliana International Airport.

The island of St. Maarten / St. Martin is the smallest landmass in the world shared by two nations. The northern side (St. Martin) is governed by the French and the southern side (St. Maarten) is one of the five island territories that make up the semi autonomous country of the Netherlands Antilles, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. While English is the main language on both sides, Dutch is the official language on the southern side and French the official language on the northern side.

Because of its geographical location, the island plays a strategic role in the development of neighboring islands Saba, St. Eustatius (also Netherlands Antilles territories), Anguilla and St. Barth´s.

PJIAE started as a small military base that was built in 1942, and was converted into a civilian airport in 1943, the first in this part of the Caribbean. It has played an important role in the socio-economic transition of St. Maarten, from an agriculturally based economy into one of the major tourist destinations in the Caribbean.

Today PJIA is the second busiest airport in the North Eastern Caribbean, in terms of aircraft movements, behind San Juan, Puerto Rico. PJIA is the single most important strategic asset of St. Maarten. airport runway pictures
Source:Princess Juliana International Airport Official Website


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4. ICAO: ENFL - Floro, Norway

Credit: Byron H airport runway pictures


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6. Santos Dumont Airport (IATA: SDU, ICAO: SBRJ) serves Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the city's second major airport behind the Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport.

Credit: Bernardo Bauer airport runway pictures


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8. FLW - located in Azores, Portugal (the island is called "Flores")

Credit: Ricardo Moreira airport runway pictures

9. IATA: Aeroflex-Andover Airport (12N)

Credit: Dave Jaundrill airport runway pictures

10. Funchal Airport (FNC) - Portugal

Credit: Joao Carlos airport runway pictures

11. Funchal Airport (FNC) - Portugal

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14. Lukla airport - Nepal, last stop before getting out & walking in to Everest base camp.

Credit: Dave Morgan airport runway pictures

15. Mountain Air residential community near Asheville North Carolina. It is 4,400 ft in altitude and is 2,875 ft in length. It is private and you have to have an invitation to land there.

Credit: Robert Griffin airport runway pictures


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17. Lord Howe Island (YLHI), an Australian territory located 31 30 South 159 East.

Credit: Mark Wainwright airport runway pictures

18. Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQU) is an airport in Quito, Ecuador, named after Antonio José de Sucre, a hero of Ecuadorian and Latin American independence. It began operations in 1960, and currently handles about 3.9 million passengers and 125,000 metric tons of freight per year. The airport, one of the highest located in the world (at 2800 meters AMSL) is located in the northern part of the city, in the Chaupicruz parish, within 5 minutes of Quito's financial center; the terminals are located at the intersection of Amazonas and La Prensa avenues.

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19. Courchevel International Airport, France

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Courchevel is the name of a ski area located in the French Alps, the largest linked ski area in the world. It's airport has a certain degree of infamy in the aviation industry as home to a relatively short runway, with a length of 525 m (1,722 ft) and a gradient of 18.5%. It's so short that you have to land on an inclined strip to slow down and take off on a decline to pick up enough speed.

Who gets to land here? Well, Pierce Brosnan made the short list. This was the airport used in the opening seen of Tomorrow Never Dies. For the rest of us, private plane, helicopter, or charter are the only ways to go, and your pilot is going to need some serious training before he or she is allowed to land at CVF.


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21. Mexico City International Airport, Mexico

Credit: James ODonnell airport runway pictures

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