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Landing Feet From The Beach In Los Roques, Venezuela

New York's LaGuardia Airport (KLGA) is famous for making passengers nervous during over-water approaches and landings, even though the runway is offset more than 100 yards away from the water. Switch that to an airport with its single runway just feet from the ocean. This is the Los Roques Airport, Venezuela.

The Los Roques Airport (SVRS) is a small domestic airport on the El Gran Roque island off the coast of mainland Venezuela, 130 km north of Caracas. Its single 07/25 Runway is only 3,280 feet long and 60 feet wide, yet serves anything from Cessna Citations to 68 passenger ATR-72s. It's a small runway for turbine aircraft, so many pilots have to approach just a few feet above the ocean and beach. One thing's for sure, you don't want to land short!


It's No Problem For A Cessna 182

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The Los Roques Airport is officially on our flying bucket list. Is it on yours?

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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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