Lukla Airport in Nepal
Just as picturesque as dangerous. The airport is bloodcurdling and mesmerizing at the same time.
It is located at 2860 meters above sea level. This is the place where most Mount Everest’s conquerors start their journey. The landing of an aircraft is preceded by a siren sound to warn people about a potential danger. This airport is named after the names of the two first people to reach the top of the highest mountain in the world (this is why you may also encounter the name: Tenzing-Hillary Airport). Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary also contributed to the construction of the airport. The runway can only be used by helicopters and small aircrafts, also cargo ones. There is solid rock from one the side and a sharp cliff from the other. This doesn’t allow for the pilots making any serious mistakes. Furthermore, the runway is just half a kilometer long! Additional difficulties for the pilots are changing weather and low visibility. If the weather is favorable, there are daily flights from and to Katmandu. However, strong winds, clouds and changing visibility often cause cancelled flights or even the airport being closed.