ALF in Norway is a very good contender for a "most difficult" airport to operate from.
In northwesterly winds,a circling approach to RWY 29 is called for,and this means an average of 1800 feet/min average rate of descent until established on final which usually turns out to be at approx. 300 feet AGL.Who cares about "stabilized approaches"?
When SAS started to use the DC-9 on this airport in the early -70's,McDonnell Douglas came along to see how the operations were turning out,and they promptly exclaimed "...if we knew what You were going to use our 9's for,we'd charge You a lot more!"
My dad was Captain on that flight,and today we are operating MD-80's into ALF,albeit with a 200 meter rwy extension.
An engine failure during take-off at RWY 11 calls for an IMMEDIATE turn at 50 (fifty) feet to the left if taking off in a DC-9,100 feet in an MD-81/82.
Many airports operated by Widerøe's here in Norway call for some special procedures.One of them is Mo I Rana,where you follow a localizer down to a pre-determined point,look 135 degrees to your left to pick up some lead-in lights,and then follow these light until you see the runway.If you don't pick up the lights,you make an immediate left-hand 180 degree turn and back track on the localizer.There's a cliff right in front of you,and you'll make big headlines in the papers if you don't turn!
And then there's Sandane in turbulence.Been there,done that!
"Luck and superstition wins all the time"!