The airports that have the longest runways in the world, because they are at altitude or the planes need more speed to be able to fly. And long runways to accommodate the largest planes or non-standard aircraft like the American space shuttle.
#1 Qamdo Bamda airport (China) / OACI ZUBD/ IATA BPX
Altitude : 4334 m = 14219 ft.
Airport located at an altitude of 4334 m. Given this very high altitude, it has the longest paved runway used publicly in the world to accommodate large aircraft.
- Runway 14/32 : 5500 m = 18045 ft
#2 Shigatsé-Heping airport (China) / OACI ZURK/ IATA RKZ
Altitude : 3782 m = 12408 ft.
Shigatse Peace Airport, or Shigatse Air Base, is a dual-use military and civilian airport serving Shigatse, the second largest city in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Located at an altitude of 3782 meters, it is one of the highest airports in the world and its runway is one of the longest runways in the world. Construction of Shigatse Airport began in 1968 and was completed in 1973. Until 2010, it had only military activity before an extension allowed it to become the fifth civilian airport in Tibet.
#3 Denver airport (USA) / OACI KDEN/ IATA DEN
Altitude : 1655 m = 5430 ft.
Denver International Airport is an international airport in the western United States located in Colorado. It is the largest airport in North America in terms of total area. It has the longest civil runway in North America because it is located at altitude and has a very large widebody traffic.
- Runway 16R/34L : 4877 m = 16000 ft
- Runway 07/25 : 3658 m = 12000 ft
- Runway 08/26 : 3658 m = 12000 ft
- Runway 16L/34R : 3658 m = 12000 ft
- Runway 17L/35R : 3658 m = 12000 ft
- Runway 17R/35L : 3658 m = 12000 ft
#4 Southern California Intl airport (USA) / OACI KVCV/ IATA VCV
Altitude : 879 m = 2884 ft.
Southern California Intl is a public airport located in the city of Victorville, California. Prior to civilian use, the facility was the George Air Force Base, from 1941 to 1992, a flight training center for the US Air Force. As a logistics airport, it is designed for commercial, military and freight use. There are no commercial passenger services in this facility, except for FBO and charter flights.
- Runway 17/35 : 4587 m = 15050 ft
- Runway 03/21 : 2785 m = 9138 ft
#5 Upington Pierre Van Ryneveld airport (South Africa) / OACI FAUP/ IATA UTN
Altitude : 848 m = 2782 ft.
Upington Airport in South Africa in the Northern Cape Province. It has the longest track in the southern hemisphere justified by the reception of large aircraft at a high altitude and with very high temperatures in the hot season.
- Runway 17/35 : 4900 m = 16076 ft
- Runway 08/26 : 834 m = 2736 ft
#6 Edwards Air Force Base airport (USA) / OACI KEDW/ IATA EDW
Altitude : 705 m = 2313 ft.
Edwards Air Force Base is a United States Air Force facility located in Southern California. It is home to the Air Force Test Center, the Air Force Test Pilot School and NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. It is the Air Force materiel command center for conducting and supporting flight research and development, and for testing and evaluating concept-to-combat aerospace systems. It also hosts numerous test activities carried out by the American commercial aerospace industry. It was on this basis that Chuck Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier and that the first landing of the Columbia space shuttle took place.
- Runway 04R/22L : 4579 m = 15024 ft
- Runway 04L/22R : 3658 m = 12000 ft
- Runway 06/24 : 2438 m = 8000 ft
#7 Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto airport (Brazil) / OACI SBGP
Altitude : 609 m = 1998 ft.
Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport is a private airport located near Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil. It is owned and operated by Embraer and used as a test flight for civil and military aircraft.
- Runway 2/20 : 3000 m = 9843 ft
#8 Erbil International airport (Iraq) / OACI ORER/ IATA EBL
Altitude : 409 m = 1342 ft.
Erbil International Airport is the main airport in the city of Erbil in Iraq, one of the main international airports in the country. It has one of the longest tracks in the world because it was initially an Iraqi military base.
- Runway 18/36 : 4234 m = 13890 ft
- Runway 15/33 : 2803 m = 9197 ft
- Runway 15L/33R : 1245 m = 4085 ft
- Runway 15R/33L : 0 m = 0 ft
#9 N'Djili International airport (Democratic Republic of Congo) / OACI FZAA/ IATA FIH
Altitude : 313 m = 1027 ft.
- Runway 06/24 : 4700 m = 15420 ft
#10 Moscou-Joukovsk airport (Russian Federation) / OACI UUBW/ IATA ZIA
Altitude : 115 m = 377 ft.
Zhukovsky Airport (formerly Ramenskoye) is an international airport located in Moscow Oblast, 36 km south-east of central Moscow in the city of Zhukovsky. First used for military purposes, it opened to commercial traffic in March 2016. It has one of the longest tracks in the world.
- Runway 12/30 : 4600 m = 15092 ft
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