12/05/2015 10:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: Unique Airports Across The World


When shortlisting places for potential vacations, airports are the last places anyone would consider as an attraction.

Or would they?

From dangerously short landing strips to panoramic views of mountains, the sea and even the rock of Gibraltar, these unique airports spread across the world warrant a stop-and-stare moment upon landing.

Our favourite picks are possibly the tiny (and dangerous) airstrip on the Lakshwadeep archipelago and the railway line that cuts across the Gisborne airport's runway.

  • Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin
    Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin
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    The main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, this airport's runway is situated in close proximity to Maho beach.
  • Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives
    Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives
    The main international airport in Maldives, this airport is also known as Malé International Airport. It has been constructed at an elevation of 2 metres above mean sea level. Adjacent to the aiport is a waterdrome that has four water runways for seaplane operations.
  • Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal
    Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal
    This is reputed to be the most dangerous airport in the world with a sloped runway that is 527 m long, 20 m wide, and inclined at an amazing 12 degrees.
  • Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshwadeep
    Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshwadeep
    Spread over 45.9 acres, this is the only airport on the island that lies off India's west coast. It features one runway and its terminal can handle a maximum of 50 passengers at peak time.
  • Paro Airport, Bhutan
    Paro Airport, Bhutan
    A challenging airport to land in, flights are restricted to land/take off only during daylight hours.
  • Kansai International Airport, Japan
    Kansai International Airport, Japan
    The Kansai airport is Japan's second largest airport is built on an artificial island that cost 17 billion dollars to construct. It was built to relieve overcrowding at Osaka International Airport.
  • Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar
    Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar
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    Build during World War II, the Gibraltar International Airport features an astounding view of the Rock Of Gibraltar, however is another difficult airport for pilots to manoeuvre around, because of the same reason.
  • Gisborne Airport, New Zealand
    Gisborne Airport, New Zealand
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    Oddly enough, this airport features a railway line (Pamerston-North to Gisborne) that cuts rights across the main runway.
  • Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport, Leh
    Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport, Leh
    One of the highest airports in the world (3,256 metres above mean sea level), there is heavy level of this security at this airport: police and soldiers from the Indian army patrol the airport at all times.
  • Denver International Airport
    Denver International Airport
    Commonly known as DIA, this is the 5th busiest airport in the United States and the only airport (in that country, at least) to feature an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system.
  • Ice Runway, Antarctica
    Ice Runway, Antarctica
    Close to the McMurdo station, this runway (out of three) is the main runway for the US Antarctic Program. It is used until early December, after which the operations are shifted to Williams Field, another snow-ice runway.
  • Courchevel Altiport, France
    Courchevel Altiport, France
    This altiport features a short runway (537 m) in the French Alps, and has gained a reputation for being a dangerous landing area due to its mountainous terrain.