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


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, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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