In this instalment of our Challenging Airports series, we travel to the uniquely situated, northernmost permanently inhabited place on the planet: Alert, Canada.
Whether you are flying scheduled airline routes to Narsarsuaq or utilising it as a mid-trip fuel stop on a longer journey, operating to the airport requires careful consideration and preparation due to the extremes of distance, weather and geography.
A flight that combines all of the normal challenges with high elevation, mountains and a short runway is guaranteed to pique the interest of those of us who enjoy a challenge. Such a place exists in the mountainous interior of Honduras, Toncontín International Airport.
Some airports are conveniently located in city centres and provide measurable savings for those who value time as a commodity. In this issue, we take a look at a popular near-city airfield that serves the bustling Canadian metropolis of Toronto: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
We return to the deep mountain valleys of Switzerland to visit the fly-in ski resort of Samedan. Known as a playground for sports enthusiasts, a privileged few access the region via private and chartered corporate jets. While most of us might not be able to afford a single night in one of the exclusive mountainside resorts, we can take a crack at the journey to get there.
The coastal airstrip in Donegal in Ireland features prominently in the Landing Challenges activities section in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Don a windproof rain jacket and join Chris Frishmuth in battling the often harsh conditions at Donegal Airport.
This Challenging Airport episode takes us to the seaside airport of Reggio Calabria. Squeezed between the Strait of Messina and the mountains of the Aspromonte massif, the airport presents somewhat unorthodox approaches.
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