Everybody loves a good trip away – even on business. Whilst you won’t necessarily get to spend all day sipping cocktails and lounging by the side of a pool, the money you do spend usually isn’t yours and the change of scenery can make work seem that little bit more interesting.
For most destinations on earth, your business trip should be a hassle-free few days away from your partner and your colleagues in the office. There is a chance however, that you could pull the short straw and be forced to fly to one of the less appealing airport destinations on earth, where not having to endure an emergency landing is only guaranteed to passengers that travel by road.
Here is a list of the 10 worst airport destinations to fly to on business or come to think of it, any other reason you can think of:
1. Gisbourne Airport – New Zealand
It’s not often that a passenger would ever raise a cheer for a late train or late flight, but at Gisbourne Airport in New Zealand the opposite may be true. The airport on New Zealand’s North Island is one of the only ones on earth to have a train line running across it which renders an efficiently operating timetable of the utmost importance. Hopefully the train gets returned to the sidings in the event of a rail strike!
2. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport – Saba Island
Behold the smallest commercial flight landing strip in the world. At an itsy bitsy 400m in length, this Caribbean island would struggle to receive an incoming flight from a paper aeroplane.
3. Courchevel Altiport – France
Skiers at the Chi-Chi Courchevel slopes in the French Alps will be familiar with this rather perilous landing strip. Whilst the slopes are only just over 500 metres away from the runway, would-be skiers have to brave fog, snow, ice and low clouds just to be able to land. Maybe the ski lessons should come with free mountain survival training as well?
4. Tenzing-Hillary Airport – Nepal
Anybody that’s planning on scaling Mount Everest will more than likely find themselves ending up at this airport near Lukla. The short runway has a 9000 ft. sheer drop at the end of it, so you’d better hope your pilot has built up enough speed during take off!
5. Agatti Aerodrome – India
They say that girth is more important than length and that may also be the case for the Agatti Aerodrome in Lakshadweep, India. At 4000 ft. in length there isn’t much room for error, but if the pilot so much as glances to the left, your sunny trip away may end up wetter than a week spent in Wakefield.
6. Barra International Airport – Scotland
While most people don’t mind hitting the beach after a long flight, it’s customary to collect your baggage and then check-in at the hotel first. This remote island in northern Scotland has the world’s only beach runway for scheduled flights so be sure to check that your flight doesn’t land in the middle of a high tide if you ever take a trip there.
7. Gibraltar International Airport
Part of the Gibraltar airport’s runway intersects with a major road so as one would expect, jumping a red light to get to work on time is particularly frowned upon in these parts.
8. Kansai International Airport – Japan
The crowded nature of Japan forced the country’s civil engineers to think of new places to build an airport and they came up with this. Kansai International airport is built on an artificial island off the coast of Osaka bay. The location is regularly subjected to earthquakes, typhoons and storm surges and the island itself is also sinking which no doubt makes it one of the more tricky places to land a jumbo jet.
9. Madeira Airport – Portugal
Madeira Airport’s runway has been extended by a platform that’s supported by 180 columns of solid concrete in the sea. The previous airport on the Portuguese archipelago was notorious for landing planes due to the short runway, surrounding high mountains and the ocean – still, we can think of less nerve-wracking places to fly to on the way to an overseas business trip.
10. Ice Camp Barneo – North Pole
Situated in close proximity to the North Pole, Ice Camp Barneo is open for only 4 weeks per year. It has been constructed on a drifting ice base and is suitable for landing cargo planes like the Antonov AN-74. We’re not sure why it isn’t open for the remaining 48 weeks of the year, but it can’t be because of snow and ice – surely?
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