What are some unique airports in the world?

  1. Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Martin [SXM]
  2. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives [MLE]
  3. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal [LUC]
  4. Paro Airport, Bhutan [PBH]
  5. Kansai International Airport, Japan [KIX]
  6. Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar [GIB]
  7. Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City, USA [OKC]
  8. Ice Runway, Antarctica [N/A, ICAO: NZIR]
  9. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India [IXL]
  10. Greystone Airport, USA [N/A, FAA LID: 17FL]
  11. Courchevel Airport, France [CVF]
  12. Agatti Aerodrome, Lakshadweep, India [AGX]
  13. Denver International Airport, Denver, USA [DIA]
  14. Macau International Airport, China [MFM]
  15. Seychelles International Airport, [SEZ]


The Black Rock City Municipal Airport is a bit unique.  It is an FAA-designated airport (identifier 88NV) that exists for only one week per year.
It is a dirt strip that hosts ~150 airplanes for the participants of Burning Man, located in the middle of a dry lake bed in the Nevada desert.  There is a full-service terminal building, charter service, skydiving operator, galley, fuel depot, and several thousand free sightseeing rides given each year.  Many of the pilots spend a great deal of time and money gifting these rides and volunteering to help make the airport exist.

The harsh weather and unusual conditions have unfortunately also made it one of the most dangerous airports in the world, as there have been a number of accidents in the few months of the airport’s existence since ~2000.  Recently the safety record has been better, with a lot of hard work from many volunteers to disseminate safety information to arriving pilots, required safety briefings upon arrival, carefully established flight and landing patterns, etc.

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