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I love flying. Seeing the world from the clouds and traveling to foreign places is always a magical experience. But like any good meal, there”s always a bill to pay at the end. And for flying, it sometimes comes with a treacherous landing. While it”s only just a bit jarring when flying into a “normal” airport, just wait until you see these death defying approaches. You may never fly again.

1. Toncontin International Airport, Honduras

Toncontin International Airport, Honduras

Although Boeing 757s land and take off from this airport all the time, the History Channel rated it the second-most dangerous airport in the world due to the mountainous terrain.

2. Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshadweep, India

Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshadweep, India

Constantly up for a potential extension (it”s only 4,000 feet long), planes have to risk the short runway to serve the local 36 Indian tourist islands.

3. Cleveland Hopkins International

Cleveland Hopkins International

Not terrible as an actual airport, but it”s notorious for having incompetent staff. This includes sleeping through landing protocols and being too engrossed in DVDs to help park planes at the gates. Fun times.

4. Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar

Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar

With a major road running through the middle, traffic has to stop for every plane that lands.

5. Kansai International Airport, Japan

Kansai International Airport, Japan

Large enough to be viewed from space, it faces earthquakes, cyclones, and an unstable seabed.

6. Wellington International Airport, New Zealand

Wellington International Airport, New Zealand

A truly hazardous and short runway, it ends with a death-defying fall straight into the ocean.

7. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Not dangerous as much as it is creepy, embedded in Runway 10s tarmac is a pair of grave markers belonging to the previous owners of the land upon which the airport now sits.

8. Qamdo Bamda Airport, Tibet

Qamdo Bamda Airport, Tibet

At 14,000 feet, the thin oxygen often plays extreme havoc with engines, leaving pilots and passengers scared out of their minds.

9. Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin

Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin

This one pretty much speaks for itself. Wow.

10. Paro Airport, Bhutan

Paro Airport, Bhutan

With only eight pilots qualified to land at this Himalayan airport, it”s no wonder passengers take anti-anxiety meds before landing.

11. Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Ecuador

Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Ecuador

Closed last year for being too dangerous, it was beset by mountainous terrain, active volcanoes, and a valley prone to fog.

12. Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland

Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland

One of the most difficult approaches in the world, it requires flying up a fjord with severe turbulence and wind shear even on the calmest days of the year.

13. Lukla Airport, Nepal

Lukla Airport, Nepal

This runway makes for a harrowing takeoff, with the end 2,900 meters up in the air.

14. Madeira Airport, Portugal

Madeira Airport, Portugal

It”s pretty easy to see why it”s so dangerous with an elevated (and artificial) runway.

15. Los Angeles (LAX)

Los Angeles (LAX)

Los Angeles International has been ranked multiple times throughout the years as the most dangerous airport in the U.S.

16. Ice Runway, Antarctica

Ice Runway, Antarctica

One of three major airstrips used to haul supplies and researchers to Antarcticas McMurdo Station. This was developed to allow passenger Boeing jets to land instead of taking up room on cargo planes.

17. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

Once called “the mother of all scary airports,” it was shut down in 1998 after pilots couldn”t stand it anymore.

18. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island

Only fit for the smallest of planes, and even they often come VERY close to falling over the edge.

19. Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthelemy

Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthelemy

This runway is so small that planes can only carry a maximum of 20 people.

20. Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

This airport is unique. Unique because it has a regular freight train rolling through it every day!

21. Don Mueang International Airport, Thailand

Don Mueang International Airport, Thailand

Yes, that IS an 18 hole golf course in the middle of the runways.

22. Courchevel Altiport, France

Courchevel Altiport, France

Serving the uber rich who want to ski the Alps, this incredibly short runway has a ski mogul in the middle of it.

23. Dammam King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia

Dammam King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia

King Fahd International is the largest airport in the world in terms of landmass, sprawling over three hundred square miles of desert.

24. Congonhas Airport, Brazil

Congonhas Airport, Brazil

Located just 5 miles from the center of downtown Sao Paulo. Apparently pilots need strong doses of alcohol after their flight to calm themselves down.

25. Barra International Airport, Scotland

Barra International Airport, Scotland

Barra International Airport is the only airport on the planet where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway.

(via List25)

I think I might need to cancel some plane tickets, because I do not want to fly after seeing these. They”re just too much!

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