LOWI, Innsbruck Airport, very mountainous approach.
Saba’s a great lil’ airport (TNCS) @GraemePorter25 ;) due to it’s very short runway
KSAN, KASE, and KEGE are also a dangerous airport. From mountainous terrain and a steep approach to a high parking garage and short runway, these airports are some of the dangerous in the world
VNKT = Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport).
Home to a very mountainous region (Himalaya) and close to the infamous Lukla Airport.
VNKT is also known for it’s low visibility and many accidents it has had over the decades its been in operation, mostly due to low visibility, bad weather such as windy conditions and dangerous terrain.
I have a few of them:
Gustaf III Airport (TFFJ) -
This airport, located on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy (just south of Saint Martin) has a difficult approach coming from the east and west. When approaching runway 10, flights are required to steeply descend just seconds before touchdown due to a hill right in front of the runway. The planes create danger for not only themselves, but also cars and people on the aforementioned hill. When approaching from runway 28, pilots must visually approach the runway by circling the island, eventually making a sharp left turn for a very short final approach. There have been recorded accidents at the airport.
Paro Airport (VQPR) -
Paro is nested in the Himalayas, and is surrounded by mountains from every side. Both approches from both sides of its runway are difficult, however the runway 15 approach is widely considered to be more difficult. The approach to this runway required aircraft to closely follow the left mountain side, until they reach a valley. Pilot then must complete a sharp 180 degree turn, while descending at the same time. Once they have done that, they must rapidly descend once again, and make a sharp S turn, following a river, before touching down on the airport’s relatively short runway. This airport is a thriller.
Tegucigalpa/Toncontin International Airport (MHTG) -
This airport has a series of approaches, the most infamous of which is the runway 02 approach. Some pilots who have successfully completed this tough approach have named it “the toilet bowl approach,” due to it’s circular path. It’s harder than it looks. Pilots must fly around a large mountain adjacent to the airport, conduction small, precise descents on their way. Aircraft must then fly a visual approach after flying half way around the mountain, and must sharply turn left, and rapidly descend. The approach was once even more difficult when a hill was right in front of the runway, but the city of Toncontin knocked it down around 2004 (if I recall correctly).
It’d be great if a Mod could make this topic into a Wiki, so that we Regulars could help to add on to he list :)
VHXX, Hong Kong Kai Tak, with the famous right turn at the checkerboard over the buildings.
Yes I agree completely
KSNA is another one as the pilots (commercial aircraft only) have to do a steep takeoff
Ummmm…what dangerous did you find there?
@Feurum check this please
Hmmmm… strange fact, but I guess it’s not even in the TOP list
TNCM- Princess Juliana Int’l, beach in front of the runway, mountains immediately after taking off from 10.
PHNL = (Honolulu) Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Although not listed as one the most dangerous, and neither is it directly considered to be one, there are still a mountain chain to the east of the airport and when departing to the east, which is quite normal due to wind circumstances, a steep climb or turn to either side is your alternative out of the challenge this paradise has to offer.
Whats so dangerous about about TNCM?
Also I think we should add KPIT, while some would say it is relatively flat with no hazards and 11+K runways it is an easy landing. But get the approach wrong, and I will find you… 😂
Whats so dangerous about a beach…
Was talking about the mountains… also I believe the History/Discorvery or even the wether channel made a documentary showing the top 10 dangerous airports in the world and that one was on t