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7 Most Bizarre Airport Runways

Published November 14th, 2012 | Author:

7 Most Bizarre Airport Runways


Here is a compilation of the most bizarre and interesting airport runways from around the World. Some of the runways are in very strange places, others have unusual designs. We hope you enjoy these fantastic runway pictures.


1. Funchal Airport’s Extended Runway

7 Most Bizarre Airport Runways

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Above: When engineers were looking for a viable way to extend Funchal Airport’s dangerously brief runway, they cleverly opted to ‘rest’ the enormous structure on 180 pillars, each measuring 230ft, rather than using landfill to support the strip. – more info.


2. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport runway

Juancho E. Yrausquin 7 Most Bizarre Airport Runways

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Above: This is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba and because it is so short it is extremely difficult for even very experienced pilots to land on. – more info


3. Princess Juliana International Airport runway

Princess Juliana Airport runway

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Above: The beach pictured can be found on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean and is unfortunately located directly underneath the landing path of planes approaching the airport runway.


4. Gibraltar Airport’s Runway

Gibraltar Airport's Runway

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Above: This airport runway located in Gibraltar is one of the only airport runways to intersect a public road. The runway operates similarly to a train crossing so traffic is put on hold whilst planes take off.


5. Don Mueang International Airport Runway

Don Mueang International Airport Runway

Above: The bizarre thing about the runways at this Bangkok airport is that there is an 18 hole golf course situated between the two different runways.


6. Courchevel Airport Runway

Courchevel Airport Runway

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Above: Courchevel Airport is a French airport that serves Courchevel, which is located in a ski area in the French Alps mountain. The airport has a very short runway of only 525 m (1,722 ft) with gradient of 18.5%. – more info


7. Kobe Airport Runway

Kobe Airport Runway

Above: The picture above is of one of Japan’s custom made runways on an artificial island just off the coast of Kobe which can be seen on Google maps. More info can be found on Wikipedia.


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