2. JUANCHO E. YRAUSQUIN AIRPORT, SABA ISLAND Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is located approximately 45 km (28 mi) south of St Maarten, on the minuscule Dutch Caribbean island of Saba, also known as the original King Kong movie island. With a runway of only 400 m (1300 ft) in total length, this makes it the world’s shortest commercial airport runway. The airport is wedged on a rocky outcrop at the foot of a mountain, with jagged terrain on one side and cliffs dropping into the sea at the other ends of the runway, so any landing here is a nerve-wracking challenge. Although the airport is closed to jet traffic, regional airline propeller aircraft are able to land there under waivers from The Netherlands Antilles’ Civil Aviation Authority. … [Read more...] about Top 10 most dangerous airports in the world
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The first fact you need to know is that, in recent years, airlines have adopted a policy of making widespread, preemptive cancellations in advance of an actual storm. They rely on weather reports in order to manage their planes and flight personnel more efficiently, to make sure planes and crews are in a position to re-start operations most readily, and to avoid the huge fines they have to pay if they strand you on the tarmac for more than three hours. While this approach occasionally means cancelling flights that could really have operated, for the most part, preemptive cancellations seem to work better. … [Read more...] about What Are My Rights in a Winter Storm Flight Cancellation?
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While it was not a problem for most of my life, it all changed when I was in my younger thirties and took a transatlantic, overnight flight on Continental Airlines (now United) from Newark to Brussels on a stormy April night. Mid-flight, the Boeing 767-400ER encountered some severe turbulence. I still remember the screams of other passengers (including flight attendants strapped in their seats behind me), the freakingly abrupt plane movements (it did feel like sudden drops of several tens of feet), the crackling and never-heard-before sounds of the aircraft’s interior, the brief interruptions of the inflight entertainment program, the frequently changing tones of the aircraft’s engines during the event, and the terrifying looks in everyone’s eyes. It was horrible, absolutely horrible. It lasted for only 20 minutes, but it felt like hours, and it completely changed the way I feel on a plane. … [Read more...] about Tips to overcome your fear of flying