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The Most Remote Airports in the World

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!

Barra Airport, Scotland

Derek on Barra Island, the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. It’s the only airport in the world with a beach for a runway!

Lukla Airport in Katmandu, Nepal

Jason Thompson’s most remote airport is Lukla Airport in Katmandu, Nepal

Ivalo Finish Lapland

Ivalo Finish Lapland, where Michael took lifted off from the snow!

Faroe Vagur in the Faroe Islands

Alastair says “Try flying into / out of Vagur in the Faroe Islands in a gale for the real fear.”

Gila River Memorial Airport

Kathy told us her most remote airport was White River, Arizona. We couldn’t find it so we settled with Gila River instead.

Carlisle Airport, William's most remote airport

William’s most remote airport is Carlisle, England (needs a coat of paint!)

Mount Pleasant Airport Falklands

Ronnie’s most remote airport is Mount Pleasant Airport Falklands

Francisco Reyes Airport Philippines

Muireann says to check out this most remote airport, Francisco Reyes Airport Philippines

Novolazarevskaya Runway, Antarctica

Adrian says the world’s most remote airport “would have to be Novolazarevskaya, a Russian ice runway in Antarctica.”

Australia Wilkins Runway in Antarctica

Adrian says another contender for most remote airport is Australia’s Wilkins Runway in Antarctica.

Barneo Ice Base

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!

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!

Rurrenabaque Airport, Bolivia

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!”

Benbecula Airport

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!

Papa Westray Airport

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!

Donegal Airport, Ireland

Mary-Ellen’s most remote airport is Donegal Airport, Ireland

Iqaluit Airport

The iconic yellow airport in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada, Doug’s most remote airport

Ralph Playdon's most remote airport

The airport in Sondrestrom Fiord, Greenland, Ralph’s most remote destination with high temperatures of -40°F!

Lord Howe Island

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

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.

St Kilda Airport, Scotland

John says “This has to be the Remotest Airport in the UK!” Indeed, St. Kilda is uninhabited!

Stanley Airport, Faulklands

Jimmy’s remote airport is Stanley Airport in the Falklands

Christian's most remote airport is Fair Isle Airport, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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 Isle of Man Airport

Catherine’s most remote airport is the Isle of Man Airport, taking off straight over the water!

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  • Dear LAT_56

    It would have to be Novolazarevskaya, a Russian ice runway in Antarctica, or Australia’s Wilkins Runway or perhaps a floe of ice used as a runway, just short of the North Pole…

    Best wishes

    Adrian.

    • thelatitudemagazine

      Great suggestions Adrian. Have you flown to these? They are now added to the list!

  • Gillian Flynn

    The Okavango international airport in Botswana. It is an international airport because some safari flights from Zimbabwe use it. 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. The plane we flew there on held 6 people including the pilot and the pilot sized us up to allocate our seats with the smallest 2 sitting at the back.

    • thelatitudemagazine

      Hi Gillian – what an amazing experience! Has the airport changed much since you were last there?

  • Mairead Ryan

    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!

    • thelatitudemagazine

      Thanks for alerting us to Rurrenabaque Airport Mairead! Does this image do it justice?

  • Meike Woodbridge

    Travelling in Iceland five years ago, i was lucky enough to fly to Grimsey island off the north coast and actually in the Arctic circle. We landed in a field. Of course the island I grew up on has a similarly small airport, North Ronaldsay in Orkney.

    • thelatitudemagazine

      Hi Meike – Grimsey looks amazing! We’ve added a video of a descent to the island. What were you doing in such a remote spot??

  • Christian

    I’d recommend Fair Isle as a remote airport. It’s found between Orkney and Shetland, and in order to land you have to ring ahead to get the guy to drive around the airstrip chasing the sheep off.

    • thelatitudemagazine

      How remote is this! We’ve added it to the list, have a look!

  • Carol wood

    Ascension Island, south Atlantic Ocean. On a small island with 44 volcanoes, the runway in situated between volcanoes.

    • thelatitudemagazine

      Great recommendation Carol! We’re adding it to the list? What took you to this wee island in the middle of the South Atlantic??