We recently asked our Facebook community what the most remote airport is they’ve ever been to. We received a great response with a variety of small, little airports dotted all over the globe.
Being a Scottish company, one of our favourite picks is, of course, Barra Airport in the Outer Hebrides. This is the only airport in the world with a beach for a landing strip! Planes can only land when the tide is out; otherwise, they’d be landing in the sea!
Our Facebook friends, however, drew our attention to a number of other great, tiny airports, ranging from the beautiful to the downright terrifying!
If you’ve been to a remote airport not featured here, get in touch through the comments section below and we’ll add it to the list!
Derek on Barra Island, the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. It’s the only airport in the world with a beach for a runway!
Jason Thompson’s most remote airport is Lukla Airport in Katmandu, Nepal
Ivalo Finish Lapland, where Michael took lifted off from the snow!
Alastair says “Try flying into / out of Vagur in the Faroe Islands in a gale for the real fear.”
Kathy told us her most remote airport was White River, Arizona. We couldn’t find it so we settled with Gila River instead.
William’s most remote airport is Carlisle, England (needs a coat of paint!)
Ronnie’s most remote airport is Mount Pleasant Airport Falklands
Muireann says to check out this most remote airport, Francisco Reyes Airport Philippines
Adrian says the world’s most remote airport “would have to be Novolazarevskaya, a Russian ice runway in Antarctica.”
Adrian says another contender for most remote airport is Australia’s Wilkins Runway in Antarctica.
Then again, Adrian suggests “a floe of ice used as a runway, just short of the North Pole” could be the most remote airport. He might just mean Barneo Ice Base, open one month a year.
Gillian’s most remote airport is in Okavango, Botswana: “The landing strip is grass and when planes come in to land they do one sweep over the runway first to clear any elephants or other game away before circling round and landing. When I visited it in the mid 1990’s the ‘waiting room’ was a log to sit on.” Read more in comments below!
Mairead says, “Have you seen the airport in Rurrenabaque in Bolivia? The only tarmac is the strip for the planes to land on. The rest is all mud. Hens and chickens just off the runway!”
Here’s Stewart Jones’ most remote airport on Benbecula Airport in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Meike visited Grimsey Island in the Arctic Circle, the northernmost inhabited territory of Iceland with a fishing community of a population under 90! Watch this amazing descent to the island!
The terminal at Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands looks pretty remote indeed, James Stewart!
James Murphy’s most remote airport is Out Skerries, Shetlands, the most easterly airport in the British Isles and boasting the world’s shortest runway at 370 metres!
Mary-Ellen’s most remote airport is Donegal Airport, Ireland
The iconic yellow airport in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada, Doug’s most remote airport
The airport in Sondrestrom Fiord, Greenland, Ralph’s most remote destination with high temperatures of -40°F!
Lynn says Lord Howe Island, off the coast of Australia, is “a very special spot” and a very remote airport!
Faye-Rusha’s most remote airport is so remote it, it doesn’t even exist yet! St. Helena’s airport is due to begin flights in early 2016, opening the island up to air travel for the first time.
John says “This has to be the Remotest Airport in the UK!” Indeed, St. Kilda is uninhabited!
Jimmy’s remote airport is Stanley Airport in the Falklands
Christian’s most remote airport is Fair Isle Airport, Outer Hebrides Scotland. He says “In order to land you have to ring ahead to get the guy to drive around the airstrip chasing the sheep off!”
Catherine’s most remote airport is the Isle of Man Airport, taking off straight over the water!