If You Have A Weak Heart Do Not Land At These Airports
If you have a fear of flying but need your annual holiday fix, then you are stuck in a dilemma. You read the stories about the famous footballers who have to drive across the continent for an important match. You would think that with all of their money that they could afford some therapy, but apparently this does not always work.
So imagine that you pluck up the courage to get on the plane, but when you start the descent to your holiday airport, all hell breaks loose! You look out of the window and to be honest you would rather use a parachute than risk the landing experience. Here we look at some of those airports that are best avoided for those of us with a nervous disposition.
Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
As your plane begins its descent you look casually out of the window and you can’t believe your eyes. The mountains seem to be laughing at your distress and the runway appears to be hiding from your probably doomed plane. Welcome to Honduras! The pilots need to go on a special training course before they are sanctioned to steer the jumbo jets into this magnificent maze!
Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand
A beautiful mountain range that was featured in the blockbuster film ‘The Lord of the Rings’, but how about trying to deal with landing amongst these peaks? Also known as ‘The Remarkables’, perhaps you could think of some more appropriate adjectives for the experience your descent offers you?
Gustaf III Airport, St. Jean, St Barthelemy
It is the stuff of nightmares, you are relaxing on the beach and all of a sudden you look up and see a massive passenger jet bearing down on you. This is the reality faced by sunbathers on St. Jean Beach, St Barthelemy. The runway is only just over two thousand feet in length and surely gives the passengers just as much of a fright as the beach visitors’ experience.
Barra Airport, Barra, Scotland
You can often have a rather bumpy landing on any particular runway, but what if the runway is made of sand? Visitors to Barra are faced with the hair raising scenario of landing on a beach every time they make the journey via air. This experience is made even scarier when the notorious high winds are ripping along the sea front. Locals are advised to keep a low profile if the three windsocks are being flown in anger.
LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York
This airport is another one with an economic length runway and it is surrounded by water from Bowery and Flushing Bays. To make the landing quandary even more tricky, JFK and Newark airports are also in the immediate vicinity. If you look up from the ground, it appears that the planes are almost touching the neighbourhood skyline.
Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla Airport), Lukla, Nepal
Probably set amongst the most beautiful backdrop on earth, the Himalayas, the take-off is scarier than the descent. Your plane is actually powering downhill to reach the optimum speed for take-off. If you don’t reach that velocity then your plane will disappear into the vast void below.
The author of this post, Sam Donahue, has a keen interest in automobiles and resorts to guest blogging to share his thoughts on it. He is part of the team at Europcar Airport Parking, one of the leading companies that provide budget airport parking services in Melbourne.