13 Most Extreme Airports In The World [SLIDESHOW]

These extreme airport runways make for terrifying landings. Would you take the risk and fly to these places?

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  • Wilkins Runway, Antarctica: It's hard to believe that this runway is made entirely from sheets of ice, making for a slick landing. (Photo: TheRichest/YouTube)
  • Wellington International Airport, New Zealand: The Wellington airport has a short runway with water at either end, made even more dangerous by the area's frequent wind gusts. (Photo: Philip Capper/Flickr)
  • Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal: This airport is located right next to Mount Everest, so it comes as no surprise that the runway ends just before a 9,334-foot drop-off. (Photo: Alex Smith/Flickr)
  • Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten: Planes landing at this airport seem to come within feet of a public beach, making this a popular tourist attraction for beach-goers. (Photo: ToddonFlickr/Flickr)
  • Gustaf III Airport, St. Barthélemy: Planes landing here come down a sharp slope right above a road, with the runway ending just before a beach. (Photo: Stefan Krasowski/Flickr)
  • Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island: Not only is this elevated airport surrounded by water, it also boasts the shortest commercial airstrip on the planet. (Photo: killians_red/Flickr)
  • Madeira, Portugal: This short runway is flanked by mountains and ocean, with a platform extending out over the water. (Photo: Alexander Baxevanis/Flickr)
  • Voted the most dangerous airport on the History Channel's "Most Extreme Airports," the Lukla Airport sits at an elevation of 9,383 feet and has an incredibly short runway. (Photo: Curiosity/YouTube)
  • Kansai International Airport, Japan: Located on an artificial island in the Osaka Bay, every runway of this airport in surrounded by water. (Photo: Nathan Cardozo/Flickr)
  • Gibraltar International Airport: This runway passes directly though one of the busiest roads in Gibraltar, causing takeoffs to frequently delay traffic. (Photo: David Stanley/Flickr)
  • Courchevel Altiport, France: Serving a ski resort in the Alps, this airport is surrounded by steep cliffs and snowy conditions. (Photo: benjgibbs/Flickr)
  • Congonhas Airport, Sao Paolo, Brazil: This Sao Paolo airport is right in the middle of a busy city, surrounded by residential housing, leaving little room for error. (Photo: TheRichest/YouTube)
  • Barra Airport, Scotland: This airport uses a beach as its runway, meaning that landing times are dictated by the tides. (Photo: Colin Moss/Flickr)