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Airports With Worst Runway Condition In The World  
User currently offlineTupolev160 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7475 times:

Which are the airports with runways in really poor condition that you've flown to and how was it? I've heard back in the 1990's that SVO and DEL were among the worse... Thank you for sharing your experience on this topic.

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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9154 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7426 times:

Quoting Tupolev160 (Thread starter):

FRA is pretty bad at times as well. There were times where we weren't allowed to begin the take off run at the beginning of runway 18 due to the very bad condition. Even a Condor 757 had to reject the take off due to the bad runway.

It is a little better now, but it feels still very rough.


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User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7403 times:

Isn't one of the IST runways supposed to be rather dangerous, mostly because of bad surface+runway profile?
I seem to recall it being involved in more than one landing mishap, I think even one of the resident Anet pilots, who
flies for Turkish ,complaining about it.

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User currently offlineNorthstar80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7315 times:

Quoting Arniepie (Reply 2):
Isn't one of the IST runways supposed to be rather dangerous

That runway was fixed (resurfaced) a year or two ago. Old 6-24, new 5-23 runway.

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User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7136 times:

UHPP Kamchatka Petropavlosk is horrible. Concrete runway with huge seams between slabs that will jar your teeth out. Most thankful to get her in the air during that takeoff.

User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 817 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6671 times:

Cluj (CLJ/LRCL) is pretty wild. Bumpy, crap paving.. Timisoara is not much better but at least not that bumpy.

I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4888 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6566 times:

For a runway that was only recently rebuilt and being in a Western country, the runway at AKL is quite rough.
It is safe of course (no dogs running across it or potholes etc), but it is quite rough (I'm thinking perhaps it is slightly undulating and not completely level, and feels like you are banging down the centerline the whole time even if you are slightly off center). AKL does get its fair share of rain so perhaps that has something to do with it, but if the likes of SIN with its monsoons can have a smooth runway then I don't know why AKL can't.

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User currently offlineRJSampson From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6467 times:

For US-based ATPs:

What are your thoughts on responses to the OP's question in the US?

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22028 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6439 times:

Quoting RJSampson (Reply 7):
What are your thoughts on responses to the OP's question in the US?

York, PA (THV) was pretty bad. Strangely, landing was fine. Takeoff...not so much. I don't know if they've resurfaced it or not (NOTAM about the rough runway isn't there anymore), but I was kind of surprised the nose gear held up on that one.

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User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1577 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6073 times:

Last time I was at Piarco it sucked.

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6053 times:

Every nearly abandoned uncontrolled small town airport in the US I've been to has been pretty horrid. Caddo Mills TX comes to mind, the runway is like a washboard, has tons of weeds growing in between the cracks, and it actually changes width on some parts. Pretty ghetto.

User currently offlinejetpilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5967 times:

Guatemal City has a pretty bad runway. It sloped downhill, the TDZ is covered with rubber. It's always raining there and there is slimy mold on top of the rubber. The far end of the runway has a cliff. Three planes in the last 15 years or so have gone off the end of the runway and through the houses at the bottom of the cliff.

User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

KEWR for the US especially 04R

User currently offlinemusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 881 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

First couple of thousand feet of 22 at Verona (Italy) was rubbish until resurfaced recently. It was as if the rough bit was a badly built addition, as there was a massive jolt as you passed the end of it, onto the "original" section.

As a passenger I landed at Bahrain twice in 1974 and was amazed at how smooth the surface was. Next visit was in 1980 and it felt like a ploughed field. 747, 707 then 747 again. I wonder if it was heat-affected asphalt??

During Concorde flight testing, one spent a while at Singapore Paya Lebar (then the int'l airport) for rough runway trials ("Flying Concorde" by Brian Calvert).

Regards - musang

User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5337 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

I have always found HAV to be very rough.

To make matters worse, about halfway down the runway, there is a patch that looks exactly like an aircraft exiting the runway! Not until about a mile final do you realize it is just different coloured tar.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Quoting Tupolev160 (Thread starter):
I've heard back in the 1990's that SVO and DEL were among the worse..

Why DEL in the 90s.....what were the issues there.....

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlinesepultallica From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Lagos - Murtala Muhammad Int.
Kinshasa - Ndjili Int.

It would be much easier & smoother to just land and take off from a land fill than at those 2.

Chinokanganwa idemo; Chitsiga hachikanganwe. ✈
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