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Airports like no other, with specific approaches or risky situations that make them separate runways.

#1 Narsarsuaq airport (Groenland) / OACI BGBW/ IATA UAK

aéroport Narsarsuaq

Altitude : 34 m = 112 ft.

Airport located in a fjord with peaks on the approach path.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Narsarsuaq airport NOTAM and VAC

#2 Barra (Beach) airport (United Kingdom) / OACI EGPR/ IATA BRR

aéroport Barra (Beach)

Altitude : 2 m = 7 ft.

Barra Airfield is located in the shallow bay of Traigh Mhor, north of the Isle of Barra in Scotland. It is the only airport in the world where scheduled services land on a beach. Three tracks are established on the beach, delimited by wooden poles at their ends. Flight times therefore depend on the tide because at high tide, the water covers the runways are covered by the sea. The beach is also popular with tourists and shellfish collectors, who are asked to observe the round at air to check if the airport is in operation.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Barra (Beach) airport NOTAM and VAC

#3 Telluride Regl airport (USA) / OACI KTEX/ IATA TEX

aéroport Telluride Regl

Altitude : 2765 m = 9072 ft.

The Telluride regional airport is located at an altitude of 2767m. And the aerology is made complex by two cliffs of 305 meters at the two ends of the runway, with strong vertical turbulence, especially in winter.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Telluride Regl airport NOTAM and VAC

#4 Nasa Shuttle Landing Facility airport (USA) / OACI KTTS

aéroport Nasa Shuttle Landing Facility

Altitude : 3 m = 10 ft.

The Shuttle Landing Facility is a private airport located on Merritt Island in Florida, United States. It is part of the John F. Kennedy Space Center and was used by the NASA space shuttle for landing until the end of the program in 2011. It was also used for takeoffs and landings of aircraft NASA training such as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and for civil aircraft.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Nasa Shuttle Landing Facility airport NOTAM and VAC

#5 Cape Canaveral Air Force Skid Strip airport (USA) / OACI KXMR

aéroport Cape Canaveral Air Force Skid Strip

Altitude : 3 m = 10 ft.

Military airport Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The runway was called the Skid Strip because SM-62 Snark cruise missiles (which did not have the wheels) returning from test flights were supposed to come to a halt. It serves the NASA rocket launch base. The airport is mainly used by USAF for the transport of satellites and for the coupling with launch vehicles.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Cape Canaveral Air Force Skid Strip airport NOTAM and VAC

#6 Courchevel airport (France) / OACI LFLJ/ IATA CVF

aéroport Courchevel

Altitude : 2008 m = 6588 ft.

The oldest Altiport in the Alps, with a runway of 375 m with a slope of 12.5% to 18.6%. This slope is the steepest in the world for an international airport according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Courchevel airport NOTAM and VAC

#7 Funchal airport (Portugal) / OACI LPMA/ IATA FNC

aéroport Funchal

Altitude : 59 m = 194 ft.

Climatic conditions conducive to wind gusts make the approach and landing complex. In addition, the geography of the site limits the length of the track which is supported by pylons.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Funchal airport NOTAM and VAC

#8 Gibraltar airport (Gibraltar) / OACI LXGB/ IATA GIB

aéroport Gibraltar

Altitude : 5 m = 16 ft.

Located in the city center, the runway at Gibraltar International Airport intersects the main road, whose traffic is then interrupted during takeoffs and landings by security barriers.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Gibraltar airport NOTAM and VAC

#9 Toncontín airport (Honduras) / OACI MHTG/ IATA TGU

aéroport Toncontín

Altitude : 1004 m = 3294 ft.

The approach and aerology related to mountainous environment make landing at the Toncontín International Airport complex with a sharp turn at low altitude.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Toncontín airport NOTAM and VAC

#10 Gisborne airport (Nouvelle-Zélande) / OACI NZGS/ IATA GIS

aéroport Gisborne

Altitude : 5 m = 16 ft.

The runways at Gisborne Airport, which is in the suburbs of Gisborne, cross a national railway line. Landings follow a specific schedule to prevent an aircraft from touching down when passing a train.

Runways

-> Aviation weather, Gisborne airport NOTAM and VAC

#11 Wellington airport (Nouvelle-Zélande) / OACI NZWN/ IATA WLG

#12 Sao Paulo Congonhas airport (Brazil) / OACI SBSP/ IATA CGH

#13 Saint Barthelemy airport (Saint-Barthélemy) / OACI TFFJ/ IATA SBH

#14 St Maarten Princess Juliana airport (Saint-Martin (partie néerlandaise)) / OACI TNCM/ IATA SXM

#15 Saba airport (Bonaire, Saint-Eustache et Saba) / OACI TNCS/ IATA SAB

#16 Lukla airport (Népal) / OACI VNLK/ IATA LUA

#17 Paro airport (Bhoutan) / OACI VQPR/ IATA PBH

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