Hardest Commercial Approaches

Hey folks! Recently I have really been enjoying fun and manual hard approaches into airports. I was wanting to ask you guys what you think is the hardest/best manual approach that a commercial airline flies into.

Hey mate!

I just looked on google and here are a few challenging approaches you should try out

  • 8 – Barra, Scotland. …
  • 7 – Queenstown, New Zealand. …
  • 6 – Saba, Dutch Caribbean. …
  • 5 – Madeira, Portugal. …
  • 4 – Leh, India. …
  • 3 – Tegucigalpa, Honduras. …
  • 2 – Lukla, Nepal. …
  • 1 – Paro, Bhutan. There’s a reason Bhutanese pilots say a prayer before they land at Paro Airport.

Enjoy mate!


Thanks for the comments! In fact ive only donenone of those! I did the queenstown approach last night! Cant wait to try the rest!

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I find the GPS approach to SBRJ fun (especially the one with the 180Β° turn onto 02R short final)

Another underrated approach type are circle-to-land procedures at airports like Lugano, Switzerland or Innsbruck, Austria (those 2 are fun the Citation X)


Ive actually just watched a video on circling approaches! I have done a flight to innsbruck but used the ils πŸ€”πŸ˜‚. Need to do the circling for sure

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One more, this RNP into VNKT is pretty fun (unfortunately the proc is not in IF as of right now)

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I would say the hardest commercial airports to fly into are SBSP (Congonhas), SBRJ (Santos Dumont), KSNA (Orange County), VQPR (Paro), CYLW (Kelowna), MMMX (Mexico City), MHTG (Tegucigalpa), and the now defunct VHHX (Kai-Tak).

And a lot of these airports above are either listed for runway length or specific procedures. All of them are worth a try sometime.

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LOWI also has some challenging approaches. Especially when coming from the east and you have to do a circle to land on RWY 8. You have to fly the downwind in full landing configuration and need to stick close to the mountains on your lefthand side.
Also a landing on RWY 20 at LFKJ is quite hard to perform. Coming from the north you need to fly around some hills into the valley and make your final turn just a few NM out of the RWY.

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