Is this the world's most dangerous airport?

The runway at Lukla, Nepal is only 1,729 feet long

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The World's Most Dangerous Airport

The tiny airport in Lukla, Nepal has been hailed as the most dangerous airport in the world by Conde Nast Traveler and has even been put to the test.

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Found in the middle of the mountains, the airport has just one runway and it's absolutely tiny.

At just 1,729 feet long it's a fraction of the size of most runways at commercial airports, the longest runway at Gatwick Airport is over 11,000 feet long...

The small length of the runway changes an important part of the landing process, the descent.

Instead of the gradual descent you might expect on a regular flight, your landing at Lukla involves a sudden drop and a rather bumpy landing, Conde Nast reports.

Specially-certified pilots are enlisted to land and take-off at Lukla without navigation aids.

That's not to say you won't get a fascinating and unusual view as you land, the mountains surround the runway on all sides and it is on the edge of a 9,200 foot high cliff.

This doesn't seem to put people off, however, as the airport is the main landing point for those hoping to scale the nearby Mount Everest and is just a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu.


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