The seven weirdest airports in the world

Whether it's a 20m drop at the end of the runway or a railway crossing right through its middle, many of the world's airports are downright bizarre.

Below is a list of what surely must be the seven weirdest on the planet.

Gibraltar

 

Gibraltar Airport.
Gibraltar Airport. Photo credit: Getty Images

If you get frustrated by being held up at traffic lights, then you won't be a fan of the morning commute in Gibraltar. Winston Churchill Avenue, the main road, intersects the airport's runway - so every time a plane is landing or taking off, the traffic grinds to a halt.

Location: British Overseas Territory, south of Spain.

Runway length: 1680m

Annual passenger numbers: 571,184

Tenzing Hillary Airport

Tenzing Hillary Airport
Tenzing Hillary Airport Photo credit: Getty Images

At this airport in eastern Nepal, cars aren't the problem - cliff faces are. At one end of the runway a small terminal sits squashed up against a steep embankment, while at the other end, the land just drops away, leaving no room for error when taking off.

Location: Lukla, Nepal

Runway length: 527m

Annual passenger numbers: 119,801

Princess Juliana International Airport

Princess Juliana International Airport.
Princess Juliana International Airport. Photo credit: Getty Images/Newshub.

This is probably one of the most famous airports in the world, not because of its size or passenger numbers, but because of its proximity to a beach resort. Countless photos and videos have been taken from the beach located right at the end of the runway as aircraft approach. It's become a tourist attraction in its own right, but it does come with warnings - the jet blast that can come from aircraft on the runway is often underestimated, and some have been killed from getting too close.

Location: Saint Martin, Caribbean

Runway length: 2300m

Annual passenger numbers: 1,829,543

Agatti Aerodrome 

Agatti Aerodrome.
Agatti Aerodrome. Photo credit: Thompson Holidays.

Usually an airport is designed to serve the land it sits on, but in this case, the airport takes up almost all of the land on the island it sits on. Located off the west coast of India, the island also features a government guest house. A flight to the mainland takes about an hour and 20 minutes.

Location: Lakshadweep, India

Runway length: 1291m

Annual passenger numbers: 30,000

Juancho E Yrausquin Airport

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. Photo credit: Creative Commons.

This extremely short runway is located on the island of Saba in the Caribbean. The runway is too short for any jet aircraft to land, so it's mainly used by aircraft such as the Twin Otter or Britten-Norman Islander, the same aircraft used by Great Barrier Airlines.

Location: Saba, Caribbean

Runway length: 400m

Annual passenger numbers: 69,896

 

Gisborne

Gisborne Airport.
Gisborne Airport. Photo credit: Eastland Group.

At any airport, it's to be expected that you'll hear the roar of aircraft coming and going while you wait for your flight to depart. What's far less common is hearing the sound of a tooting train, but that's exactly what you'll hear at Gisborne's airport - it has a train line running right across the runway.

Location: Gisborne, New Zealand

Runway length: 1310m

Annual passenger numbers: 150,000

 

Gustaf III Airport

Gustaf III Airport.
Gustaf III Airport. Photo credit: Getty Images

Back to the Caribbean for the last airport on the list, where not only is the runway short, but also very steep, due to the massive hill located at one end of the runway. At the other end, there's water. Pilots don't always get it right, as you can see in this YouTube video.

Location: Saint Barthelemy, Caribbean

Runway length: 650m

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