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3 Of The Most Difficult Landings In The Caribbean

There are lots of challenging airports in the Caribbean, but these 3 bring a whole new level of pucker factor to the landing equation. Terrain, short runways, and runway slope put these airports in a class of their own.

1) Saba

Saba is home to the shortest commercial runway in the world, at only 1,299 feet long. Both ends of the runway have cliffs that drop off in the sea, and there's a steep hill on one side, requiring pilots to fly an angled approach when landing on runway 12 to avoid the terrain.

John Savage

2) St. Lucia

St. Lucia's George F. L. Charles airport isn't an incredibly difficult place to land, except when you're landing on runway 27. In this landing, the winds are out the west due to a nearby tropical storm. The 'sink rate' warning at 1:41 sums this approach and landing up.

Martin Wippel

3) St. Barts

Gustaf III airport is one of the most difficult airports in the world. The runway is only 2,133 feet long, it's surrounded by terrain, there's a steep hill on the approach end, it slopes down, and there's a beach at the end of it. You don't want to land long (or short) here.

John M

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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