Today, flying is one of the fastest ways to travel the world. Countries make it a point to maintain their airports and runways. So their passengers can relax and be comfortable as they wait for their flights to start boarding.
Now that you know a little more about how some airports are the best and how some aren’t as great, it’s time for you to get to know airports a little better. As we continue learning about airports, here are a few different runways that you don’t usually see at regular airports:
JFK Airport (NYC, USA)
JFK Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, but did you know that pilots have to focus if they want to stick their landing at the runway?
Jamaica Bay surrounds JFK Airport’s runway on three sides along with some marshlands. Pilots have to carefully calculate their speed and landing technique to make sure they don’t overshoot it and end up in the water.
If that’s not bad enough, they also have to deal with a 1500 ft ceiling along with 5-mile visibility, all while avoiding air traffic interference from Newark and LaGuardia airports located nearby.
Princess Juliana Airport (St. Maarten)
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a flying aeroplane? Well, if the sound doesn’t make you deaf, you can be close enough almost to touch these planes when you visit St. Maarten.
Princess Juliana Airport runway starts across the street from Maho Beach, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
As an explanation for its unusual location, the runway used to be a part of a military airstrip and is now used for commercial planes.
Beachgoers who are laying out on the sun are often overshadowed by large planes as they make their way to the runway just across from their current location.
It makes for a unique beach experience that your friends won’t believe without pictures as proof.
Barra Airport (Scotland)
Typically, flights are cancelled because of bad weather. But for Barra Airport, flights and landings on their runway are scheduled depending on the tide.
That’s because Barra Airport is the only one in the world who has a runway on the beach; and not just a runway, but three of them. Their runways are formed in a triangle and are relatively shorter compared to regular ones.
Wooden signposts stand tall, because, at high tide, the runway disappears, along with your chance to land on the beach.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba, Caribbean)
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in the Caribbean don’t get a lot of planes flying their way. The island’s only runway is also the world’s shortest at only 396 meters. The track is surrounded by a body of water.
That still makes it a problematic runway for pilots to ensure the safety of their passengers and crew as they try their best to land their plane safely on the island.
Are you looking to fly and experience these crazy runways for yourself? Fly to these locations for your next vacation, and make the landing a part of your great adventure.