Our favourite tiny airports from around the world

Asia's Tech News Daily

gustaf iii airport, st barts – Getty

Airports are usually the low-point of any holiday, with queues, bad food, clinical strip lighting and, now, reams of documentation to contend with. Even the award-winning supersize airports with their shopping malls and waterfalls can feel like an ordeal rather than an enjoyable experience. However, around the world is a scattering of tiny airports that are a pleasure to travel through, with inspiring mountain or beach locations, attractive design and even decent restaurants. From runways made of sand or ice to beautiful teak wood terminals filled with tropical plants, we round up our favourite diminutive airports in the world.

Luang Prabang International Airport, Laos

For an increasingly popular tourist destination, the sleepy temple town of Luang Prabang has maintained a very small but rather charming airport. And if you are travelling to little landlocked Laos, given its patchy infrastructure and potholed roads, you’ll likely pass through this airport, although there’s always the option of a two-day slow boat down the Mekong from Thailand.

On a visit in 2012, I remember watching the cabin crew personally roll our suitcases from the plane and place them onto the single rickety luggage belt. An ultimately pointless but endearing exercise. The airport has been upgraded since then, but remains pleasingly petite. You can also get a decent pre-flight bowl of spicy noodle soup from the on-site restaurant – a much better option than the fast food joints that usually dominate. And better yet, it's only a 15-minute tuk tuk ride to the centre of town.

barra airport – Getty

Barra Airport, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Situated on dazzling white sands at the northern tip of the island of Barra, in the far-flung Outer Hebrides, this may be one of the world's most picturesque airports. It’s also unique in using a tidal beach as its runway, with departures dictated by the ebb and flow of the sea. Despite its only destination being Glasgow, the airport, which opened back in 1936, welcomed 15,000 passengers a year before the pandemic saw numbers plummet. Barra airport is only open Monday to Friday (the runway reverts to a public beach on the weekends) and Loganair usually operates two services a day to Scotland’s largest city, with a flight time of one hour 10 minutes. Stop by the sweet little café for hot drinks and homemade cakes.

Paro International Airport, Bhutan

The approach to the main airport in the mountainous Kingdom of Bhutan is truly spectacular, offering views of Everest and other snow-capped Himalayan peaks. As the runway is extremely short and experiences significant gusts of winds through the surrounding valley, there are only around 20 specially qualified pilots in the world who are allowed to land there. Moreover, the airport operates solely in daylight hours as incoming planes come within feet of hillside homes. Despite this, it has a surprising number of international destinations, including Bangkok, Dubai, Delhi and Singapore. The single terminal was built in 1999 and is decorated in traditional Bhutanese style, with wooden pillars and Buddhist murals.

paro airport – Getty

Samui International Airport, Koh Samui, Thailand

Unlike some parts of the popular tourist island it's situated on, Koh Samui airport is wonderfully unspoilt and draws inspiration from traditional Thai architecture. The airport’s low-rise buildings are a series of teak pavilions with thatched roofs and open sides, which evoke a tropical resort rather than a place to catch a flight. There’s an indoor/outdoor feel throughout, with plenty of plants in the entrance hall and manicured gardens filled with bougainvillea. It may seem rather ironic for an airport, but Samui has won a series of environmental awards for its sustainable design. Arrive early to tuck into a pad thai in one of the restaurants or a traditional massage before your flight.

Svalbard Airport, Svalbard, Norway

Located on an icy archipelago in the Arctic Sea, halfway between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is the northernmost airport in the world that operates scheduled flights. Quite unbelievably, the runway is constructed on a layer of permafrost, with a special design to ensure it doesn’t defrost during the summer months. Flights from Oslo and Tromsø ferry around 150,000 tourists a year, keen to explore this snowy, untouched region. Inside, the terminal is decorated in suitably Arctic style, with a stuffed Polar bear holding court in the baggage reclaim area.

svalbard airport – Getty

Gustaf III Airport, St Barts, Caribbean

Similarly to Bhutan’s Paro Airport, only specially certified pilots are allowed to fly into the main airport on beautiful St Barts. Furthermore, they must be operating small planes carrying under 20 passengers. This is largely due to its tiny 2,232ft runway and precarious position between two mountains. Tourists are known to gather to watch the light aircraft make this impressive landing. Besides the pretty but perilous location, the airport itself is a decent place to wait for a plane, with a popular on-site restaurant serving fresh local fish. Flights come in from neighbouring Caribbean islands including Antigua, Sint Maarten and Saba, which is widely acknowledged as having the smallest airport in the world, with a runway only slightly longer than the average-sized plane.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Jimmy Lai among three Hong Kong activists convicted over Tiananmen vigil

© STR Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among dozens of activists behind bars over a strict national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong Jailed Hong Kong media mogul ... Read more »

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Kashi-Vishwanath Corridor on Dec 13, BJP plans cultural events

© Provided by Zee News Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi on December 13 to inaugurate Kashi-Vishwanath Corridor. Ahead of the Prime Minister`s visit to the holy city, ... Read more »

Oil stays on the rebound as Omicron fears ease

By Sonali Paul © Reuters/LUCY NICHOLSON FILE PHOTO: Oil storage containers are seen, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Los Angeles MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Oil prices extended gains on ... Read more »

'Harry Potter' Reunion: See Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Back Together Again

© HBOMax Accio tissues because thisHarry Potter reunion will make fans tear up! Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint reunite inside the Gryffindor common room in the new photo from ... Read more »

More Character Rares, VSTAR Pokémon set to release in Pokémon OCG Battle Legion

© Provided by Dot Esports More details about Battle Legion, the special Pokémon OCG set that will release for Japan in February 2022, have been shared, revealing even more Character ... Read more »

Yunjin talents, abilities, and ascension materials – Genshin Impact

© Provided by GamePur Shenhe is a new playable character set to release in Genshin Impact during its Version 2.4 update. Yunjin is a famous opera in the Liyue opera ... Read more »

How do mjolnir armory lockers work in Halo Infinite?

© Provided by GamePur After completing the second mission, Foundation, you’re let loose upon Halo Infinite’s open world. Soon after being introduced to this more open-ended structure, you’ll notice mjolnir ... Read more »

How to fix Invalid Access to Memory Location Error in VALORANT

© Provided by Dot Esports Multiplayer games like VALORANT always evolve with each major patch. Even if the base game is bug and error-free, future patches may come with their own set ... Read more »

Lyft Won't Require Staff Return to Office Until 2023 at Earliest

© Bloomberg Lyft Offices Ahead Of Earnings Figures (Bloomberg) — Lyft Inc. said employees can work remotely for the entirety of 2022, a reversal of its previous mandate and one ... Read more »

Sikandar Kher: Who is better than Sushmita Sen to portray woman's strength?

© Provided by Mid-Day Aarya is one of those finely written shows where the supporting actors hold their own even as the spotlight shines brightly on the eponymous character, essayed ... Read more »

Ed Sheeran's daughter has given him a new purpose

© Bang Showbiz Ed Sheeran’s daughter has changed his life Ed Sheeran’s daughter has helped him to find his “purpose” outside of music. The chart-topping pop star has 15-month-old Lyra ... Read more »

Lala Kent hints at Vanderpump Rules exit

© Bang Showbiz Lala Kent isn’t sure what the future holds Lala Kent doesn’t know if she’ll return to ‘Vanderpump Rules’. The 31-year-old star has suggested that she won’t return ... Read more »

Nicole Kidman: I haven't got the voice for Broadway

© Bang Showbiz Nicole Kidman won’t sing on Broadway Nicole Kidman doesn’t think she’s got the voice to star in a Broadway musical. The Oscar-winning actress is one of the ... Read more »

Salman Khan kickstarts shooting for Tiger 3 on the sets of Goregaon Film City

© Provided by Mid-Day In late May, the Tiger 3 team had to pull down the elaborate set at SRPF Grounds in Goregaon, Mumbai, after it was partially damaged by ... Read more »

As Star Trek's First Black Female Captain, Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green Reflects On Inspirational Words From Franchise Vet Nichelle Nichols

© Provided by CinemaBlend Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols is retiring from the convention circuit, which is bittersweet but nonetheless a milestone worth celebrating. ... Read more »

Snoochie Shy sats stars were 'worried' after Richard Madeley left

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Snoochie Shy has revealed what happened after Richard Madeley was hospitalised after being struck down with an illness during I’m A Celebrity… Get ... Read more »

Jennifer Aniston: I'm prone to agoraphobia

© Bang Showbiz Jennifer Aniston suffers from agoraphobia Jennifer Aniston is “prone to agoraphobia”. The 52-year-old actress has experienced a fear of certain situations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has ... Read more »

PerkinElmer's pioneering technologies are the gold standard in heavy metals analysis

© Provided by Singapore Business Review Its ICP-OES instruments detect dangerous pollutants and keep the global supply chain safe. Heavy metals and other pollutants can have toxic effects on the ... Read more »

Three Hong Kong democracy activists found guilty over June 4 assembly

© Reuters/Tyrone Siu FILE PHOTO: Media mogul Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van in Hong Kong By Jessie Pang HONG KONG ... Read more »

Pfizer says booster improves protection against omicron variant

Pfizer says booster improves protection against omicron variant Read more »

St. Lucie County health officials remind public about vaccine clinics after omicron variant detected

St. Lucie County health officials remind public about vaccine clinics after omicron variant detected Read more »

Hope rally turns choppy as hot US inflation looms

SYDNEY: Stocks rose in choppy trade on Thursday as worries about the economic impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant ebbed but increasing caution ahead of U.S. inflation data capped other ... Read more »

LTFRB sets new guidelines on passenger capacity for Christmas season

PUJs on NCR’s return to GCQ The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will implement new guidelines on passenger capacity for public utility vehicles (PUV) starting Thursday, December 9, ... Read more »

Palace to arriving travelers: Provide accurate information

© The Manila Times PERSISTENT ENEMY International travelers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) arrive at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 as Australia records it’s first cases of ... Read more »

Pence will ‘evaluate' speaking to House committee investigating Jan. 6 riots

Former Vice President Mike Pence ignored repeated requests from former President Donald Trump to not certify the 2020 election results on Jan. 6. AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta Former Vice ... Read more »

PM akan bincang isu i-Citra KWSP dengan Menteri Kewangan, kata Asyraf

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Asyraf Wajdi dalam perbincangan beliau bersama Perdana Menteri malam tadi selepas Mesyuarat Majlis Kerja Tertinggi Umno. (Gambar Facebook) PETALING JAYA: Isu pengeluaran kali terakhir ... Read more »

UO hostage situation suspect, on supervised release since Monday, next court date in January

University of Oregon Police Chief Matthew Carmichael talks to the media about the armed suspect who allegedly held students captive in a dorm room. The man accused of holding two ... Read more »

Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks hit with new charges in previous incident involving his girlfriend

The man accused of plowing into a crowd and killing six people last month at the Waukesha Christmas Parade has been hit with new charges alleging that he intimidated his ... Read more »

Keller man seen with beer can during Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot arrested, FBI says

A Keller man who is shown in photos inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot was arrested Wednesday. According to an arrest warrant issued by U.S. District Court ... Read more »

Top firms are among companies to break minimum wage laws

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo House of Fraser, Waterstones and footwear retailer Schuh are among more than 200 employers who broke minimum wage laws when paying staff, according ... Read more »

CRAIG BROWN: Next Year's News Part II

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo July © Provided by Daily Mail ( August In a surprise interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry reveals that his mental health took ... Read more »

Kickstarter says it's switching to crowdfunding via the blockchain

Kickstarter is announcing some big changes to the foundations of its technology. The company said Wednesday that it will support the development of “an open-source protocol that will essentially create ... Read more »

New Zealand could spend all of 2022 closed

New Zealand could spend all of 2022 without an open border, growing fears for the country's beleaguered tourism industry. Tourism minister Stuart Nash told a cross-industry roundtable this week they ... Read more »

Polish woman speaks Singlish on TikTok as she's been in S'pore for a while

© Provided by Mothership A Polish woman based in Singapore has taken to TikTok to showcase her Singlish chops. The woman, who goes by @mamiczka on TikTok and @mamikoyoko on ... Read more »

Centre may appoint new CDS in next 7 days amid General Bipin Rawat's sudden demise, know the eligibility criteria

© Provided by DNA With the sudden and unfortunate demise of General Bipin Rawat in a military helicopter crash, the all-important post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has become vacant. The ... Read more »

Mayim Bialik Fans Will Be Ecstatic Over This Major 'Jeopardy!' News

Mayim Bialik is going to be one busy bee this upcoming February. As episodes of the ongoing 2021 Professors Tournament continue to air, Deadline has reported that Mayim will be ... Read more »

'I'm Always Available for You': Remembering Gen Bipin Rawat, A Humble Man Who Cherished Relationships

© Provided by News18 ‘I’m Always Available for You’: Remembering Gen Bipin Rawat, A Humble Man Who Cherished Relationships It was a lazy Monday morning on November 1 when I ... Read more »

Destiny brings back Gjallarhorn, immediately Nerfs it

In Destiny, the legendary rocket launcher Gjallarhorn was the ultimate weapon for a time. Its ability to create explosions filled with more explosions was unparalleled — and, some would argue, ... Read more »

Tourists run for cover after gunmen on jet skis open fire on the beachfront of Cancun

Drug cartels are fighting over Cancun's seafront and the shootings are endangering bystanders and the reputation of the once tranquil beach. Read more »

Age is Just a Number: At 94, Parkash Singh Badal Still at the Core of SAD Strategy for 2022 Punjab Battle

© Provided by News18 Age is Just a Number: At 94, Parkash Singh Badal Still at the Core of SAD Strategy for 2022 Punjab Battle Even though Sukhbir Singh Badal ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic