Here’s something else that might sweeten the pot in the Honduras ticket deal that Grant posted about a couple of days ago: Jump on Panamanian airline Copa’s special offer and you’ll have the opportunity to fly into one of the 10 scariest runways in the world, according to Travel + Leisure.
Toncontin Airport, the main airport servicing the Honduras capital, Tegucigalpa, ranked seventh on the T+L list; landing at the airport features a 45-degree 11th hour left bank just prior to touching down on a very short runway. Boeing 757s are the largest planes allowed to fly into the place.
I always thought that the scariest runway (and by extension, airport to take off from and descend into) was San Diego, which features a very steep descent and a short landing space. It didn’t even make the list. Of those that did, easily the scariest looking one is the Matekane Air Strip in Lesotho, a runway so short (1,312 feet) that the small bush planes that take off from there actually fall into a 7,550 couloir before climbing back up the opposite mountainside.
No thank you.
Here’s the T+L top-10 scariest runways in the world:
- Paro Airport (Bhutan)
- Princess Juliana International Airport (St. Maarten – pictured)
- Reagan National (Washington, D.C.)
- Gibraltar Airport (Gibraltar)
- Matekane Air Strip (Lesotho
- Barra Airport (Barra, Scotland)
- Toncontin Airport (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
- JFK (New York)
- Madeira Airport (Funchal)
- Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba, Netherlands Antilles)
Check out a really cool slide show of these airports here and find out what makes them so scary.