World's Most Terrifying Airports

From New York City to New Zealand, the scariest places to take off and land
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2010 8:55 AM CDT
An American Airlines jet on the tarmac at the international airport in Guatemala City, covered with ash from the eruption of the Pacaya volcano, May 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Pos)
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(Newser) – If you're already afraid of flying, go watch this video of a frolicking baby lamb. If you're feeling tough, enjoy SmarterTravel's picks for the 10 most frightening airports in the world:

  • Barra Airport, Barra, Scotland: The world's only commercial beach airport. "Passengers can expect to arrive safely on one of the three runways (marked by concrete poles) formed when the tide goes out."
  • Wellington International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand: Buffetted by "strong crosswinds that seem to attack landing planes."

  • La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City, Guatemala: Landing, says a pilot, is "startling because you weave your way through a series of volcanoes."
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport, Nantucket, Mass.: Fog city. Says a pilot, "Sometimes you can't see anything until the last second; you break out of the fog, and the plane is landing."
  • Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar: What's that on the runway? "The main road to Spain."
To see the complete list, which includes New York's LaGuardia, click here.

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