Usually, an airplane flight is just a means of reaching and/or leaving our destination: as fast as possible, as cheap as possible. And since we’re always pressed for time, we don’t take the time to look around and see the eccentricities of the airport, architectural syle and the complexity of things. It seems some airports around the world are quite special, with unique terminals and intriguing runways. If you don’t believe me, feel free to check out these 10 weirdest airports in the world.
10. Princess Juliana International Airport | Strangest Airports in the World
If you’re ever on Maho Beach, you’ll get an incredible surprise, as massive airplances land at Princess Juliana International Airport. The 747 jumbo jets descend to an altitude of just 30 to 60 feet above the tourist lined beach, with the boom of the engines vibrate the beach. Have a blast!
9. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
As planes land on Runway 10 of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia, they are landing on much more than asphalt. They are touching down on two grave markers. As odd as that sounds, it’s true; Catherine and Richard Dotson once owned the property, and used it as a cemetery. When the Dotson’s died in the late 1880’s they were buried in the cemetery. Just before the start of World War II, the military chose to turn the cemetery into an airport and had all of the bodies moved. However, they chose to honor the previous owners by keeping their grave markers. Gotcha!
8. Ice Runway | Strangest Airport
Pilots generally steer clear of landing on runways that are covered in ice. But pilots that fly massive C17 airplanes in Antarctica have no choice but to land on ice, literally. The planes bring supplies to over one thousand scientists who live and work at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
7. Vancouver International Airport
At Canada’s Vancouver International Airport there are several remarkable things to take pitures of, sycg as two full-size aquariums. The main aquarium is a 30,000 gallon tank and is home to over 5,000 sea creatures such as eels, sea stars, anemones, and various types of coral. The second and smaller aquarium houses 12 pacific sea nettle jellyfish. Strange, right?
6. Gisborne Airport
The regional airport of Gisborne is located on the eastern coast of North Island, New Zealand. The airport has three small grass runways, one large runway, and an intersecting railway. That’s right, the Palmerston North-Gisborne Line crosses directly over the main landing strip of the Gisborne Airport. When airplanes approach the airport, the flight controllers must assure that a train is not nearing the runway before they can clear a plane to land. All aboard!
5. Barra Airport
Beautiful, sandy beaches are not just for sunbathing. This particular one doubles as an airport, just to prove it; on the eight-mile-long island of Barra, the beach is the only place to land a plane. On the west coast of Scotland, three runways marked by poles serve as the as the runways for planes to land; but only when the tide is out.
4. Don Mueang International Airport
In Thailand, there are several resorts that offer expansive golf courses. But if you are a member of the Royal Thai Air Force you can tee off right at the airport. The Don Mueang International Airport consists of an 18-hole golf course that is situated directly between two full-length runways. Watch out!
3. Gibraltar International Airport
At Gibraltar Airport, vehicles pass over the busy runway on an almost constant basis, because the main road that connects the peninsula which connects Gibraltar Airport to Spain passes straight over the airport runway. Why not under it?
2. Courchevel Airport
The Courchevel Airport is famous for its appearance in the James Bond movie, “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Courchevel, France is a town located in the French Alps that is known for its luxurious, high-end ski resorts. But in contrast to the town’s swanky appeal, the airport itself is anything but luxurious. rising and falling with the natural terrain of the French Alps. How about that?
1. Kansai International Airport
Finding a large open space to land in Japan can be difficult. That’s why the country spent $20 billion constructing Kansai International Airport off the coast of Osaka. It was built to withstand the devastating storms and earthquakes that are common along Japan’s border. Furthermore, Kansai International Airport was named as one of the ‘Monuments of the Millennium’ by the American society of civil engineers.