The World's Scariest Airport- Paro - QuirkyKuirky

The World’s Scariest Airport- Paro


I have got limited friends, so I am aware even about the little things that are happening in their life. One of my superb friends- bought a Les Paul guitar last week with his six-month savings and he aspires to cover Jimi Hendrix songs shortly. Another friend who is a state cricketer has been practising 3 hours daily at the nets mastering to drive like Virat Kohli. My third dearest friend is a pilot, and he dreams to make a landing at Paro Airport in Bhutan, Himalayan Mountains.


Now, those of you who haven’t heard about this airport must know that this is the scariest airport you will ever come across. Nestled among the steep mountains of the Himalayas, the airport is located 1.5 miles above sea level and is surrounded by sharp peaks nearly 18,000 ft tall.


There is not even scope for a marginal error, and the landing has to be none less than perfect as the runway is mere 6,500 feet in length. Strong winds whip through the valleys, often resulting in severe turbulence. Also, planes have to weave through the dozens of houses that are scattered across the mountainside – coming within feet of clipping the roofs.


So treacherous is landing on this mass of land that only eight pilots in the world are qualified to accomplish this nearly impossible landing. This site is in every sense a test of skill for professional pilots and for the passengers it’s a test of destiny.



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