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Would You Land On The Shortest Commercial Runway In The World?

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Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (TNCS) is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba, a part of the Netherlands.

Its runway is perched precariously on a tiny shelf of land, the seemingly only flat part of Saba. On either end of the tiny 1,299 foot runway, you'll find a 60 foot cliff-drop straight into the ocean. Add that to a turning mountain-avoidance approach to Runway 12, and you've got yourself one of the most challenging airports out there! Its runway is so small that you could line up over 9 Saba runways back-to-back on LAX's 12,000 foot Runway 25R. Being the smallest commercial airport in the world, it's only served by one airline, Winair, operating DHC-6 Twin Otters.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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