The world’s 25 most scary airports

Rob Mark of Jetwhine has recently noted that Sophie Middleton along with her team at in the UK have assembled a list of the 25 scariest airports on the planet. Their top 25 list (complete with YouTube videos for just about every entry) included the following airports:

25. Reagan National Airport – Washington, DC, United States

24. Gibraltar Airport – Gibraltar

23. John F. Kennedy International Airport – New York, United States

22. Madeira Airport – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

21. Barra International Airport – Outer Hebrides, Scotland

20. Congonhas Airport – Sao Paulo, Brazil

19. Don Mueang International Airport – Bangkok, Thailand

18. Yeager Airport – Charleston, West Virginia

17. La Aurora International Airport – Guatemala City, Guatemala

16. LaGuardia Airport – New York City, New York

15. Wellington International Airport – Wellington, New Zealand

14. John Wayne Airport – Santa Ana, California

13. Matekane Air Strip – Lesotho

12. Ice Runway – Antarctica

11. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport – Saba, Netherlands Antilles

10. Tioman Island – Malaysia

9. Sandane – Norway

8. Kansai International Airport – Osaka, Japan

7. Princess Juliana International Airport – St. Maarten

6. Paro Airport – Bhutan

5. Gustaf III Airport — Saint Barthélemy

4. Kai Tak Airport – Hong Kong

3. Toncontin Airport – Tegucigalpa, Honduras

2. Courchevel International Airport — Courchevel, France

1. Lukla Airport – Lukla, Nepal

As Rob noted, some of the posted YouTube videos for these airports should scare the “bejeezus” out of even experienced pilots. Nevertheless, we still want to ask our pilot readers: Are there any airports left off of this list that should be among a list of “scary” airports? Moreover, have you ever had any “scary” experiences involving any of the airports mentioned by Feel free to tell us about your experiences – whether in the cockpit or as a passenger.



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