Crazy, exotic, or downright dangerous, no matter how you spin it, some airports take flying to a whole new level.An airport’s very location could make it dangerous. For others, the amenities within turn the space into its own tourist attraction. With Portland International Airport announcing it will be adding a movie theater to its list of amenities by summer 2016, we started pondering some of the most unusual airports and amenities around. While some of these airports might leave you praying during take off and landing, others lend you those once in a lifetime type experiences.
These 4 airports are certainly more than just takeoff and landing!
1.) The Extravagant
Changi Airport, Singapore
Singapore’s Changi Airport can only be described with one word, extravagant. A destination in itself, the airport might not have dangerous runways but it takes matters to an extreme level with its amenities. Filled with unusual services and features, passengers waiting between flights, can visit indoor nature trails, a butterfly garden, or even take a dip in the rooftop pool and jacuzzi!
With several movie theaters, shopping malls, and additional gardens, Changi Airport is often considered its own Singapore attraction. Kids can even appreciate a slide down the world’s tallest airport slide at Changi Airport.
2.) The Too-Close For Comfort
Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten
Also referred to as the Saint Maarten International Airport, this Caribbean airport is one of the busiest in the region.
3.) The Daredevil
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal
Located in the small town of Lukla, Nepal, Tenzing-Hillary Airport takes the term daredevil to a whole new level. Frequently voted the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla Airport features a short, narrow, and sloped single runway at a steep elevation of 9,325 feet, making it one of the steepest in the world. There is little margin for error for the skilled pilots who fly here, but the risk to the many passengers, frequently hikers, is well worth it when they catch their first sight of nearby Mount Everest.
4.) The Just Beachy
Barra Airport, Scotland
If you want to land on the north tip of the island of Barra in Scotland, in the Outer Hebrides, you will need to prepare for a sandy landing.
Most of us try to spend as little time in airports as possible. The crowds, noise, and general discomfort can leave anyone a bit cranky. Runways are, for the most part boring, straight, and wide. Amenities like restaurants, shoe shine stands, and shops generally come standard. However, these 4 extreme airports prove that flying isn’t always a snooze!
Have you been to these or other extreme airports? Share your experiences in the comments below.