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Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:42 pm

What is the tallest airport in the world???
 
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:57 pm

Do you mean the tallest building or do you mean which airport is the highest in the world (above sea level?)?

I don't know either way Laugh out loud

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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:21 pm

I'm pretty sure it's Quito Airport, Ecuador. The airport is located 9,000 ft above sea level in the Andes in South America and after the close of Kai Tak in Hong Kong the most difficult airport to approach.

I guess there's no other airport in the world which is located even higher.

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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:29 pm

La Paz-El Alto, 13000 ft. over sea.


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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:54 pm

Bangda = 4334m

La Paz - El Alto = 4060m
Most of the crazy Nepali airstrips are in the 3000-4000m range.

Bangda is in eastern Tibet, and supposedly the approach isn't so bad cos it's on less rugged terrain than, say, Lhasa (3542m). There are various different spellings, it doesn't transliterate easily in English. Try also "Bamda".

Do you mean the tallest building
The control tower at Chek Lap Kok is pretty big  Smile

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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:59 pm

Mmm... True, But I think that El Alto counts for the higher intl. Airport.

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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 7:06 pm

Wow .... I knew Nepal airports are located high above sea level but I didn't know Bangda is that high ! Great info Bobrayner ...  Smile

As for the control tower: The control tower of Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) in Malaysia is even taller than the one in Hong Kong. If I'm not wrong the control tower at KLIA is about 90m tall. It's probably the world's tallest ...?

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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 7:28 pm

I think that El Alto counts for the higher intl. Airport.

That's debatable! Just to be awkward, I consider Tibet to be a separate country under illegal occupation by China. Obviously, it's a bad idea to mention such beliefs when visiting.  Innocent

Sorry for nitpicking though. La Paz is definitely the highest "major" airport, for a given value of "major".
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:22 pm


What about Paro, the only airport in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan?
 
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:26 pm

Paro (VQPR) is 7333ft asl
 
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:34 pm

El alto y La Paz Bolivia.

Is the highest.

Just to know that the flights that leave Bolivia to the US, or any other place away, they have to do a stop in Santa Cruz, since for the a/c is too hard for taking off with a lot of fuel.

So they continue the flight in Santa Cruz and there they refuel.

Nice example is AA922, it departs to La Paz from MIA, and continues to Santa Cruz, then MIA.
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:43 pm

1. Bangda = 4334m, La Paz - El Alto = 4060m

2. El alto y La Paz Bolivia. Is the highest.

Statements 1 and 2 are difficult to reconcile, unless you are using a different definition of "highest".  Smile
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:45 pm

I believe one of these airports also has the longest runway because of the length of runway needed for a take-off in such thing air. In South America, I believe, anyone know where?

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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Thu Jul 31, 2003 12:07 am

LaPaz, Bolivia elevation is 13,310 ft. LaPaz's longest runway is 13,124 ft.
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:54 am

I've heard that for most airliners to land at La Paz, they have to be adjusted for the low air pressure, as the oxygen masks will deploy for most aircraft at 13,000 feet. Has anyone else heard the same, or can anyone provide confirmation?

I've never been to South America but I certainly would like to visit Bolivia.
 
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Thu Jul 31, 2003 5:12 am

pretty amazing about the bolivian airports. the highest airport i knew about before reading these comments was lhasa, tibet, somewhere around 11,000 feet. it's an international airport, in that flights do arrive from nepal and occasionally india.

for those of you who have not flown into high airports, it's pretty cool. upon arriving in lhasa, i proceeded to have a sense of euphoria and dizziness for about two hours, having originated in shanghai, much nearer to sea level.
 
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RE: Tallest Airport In The World

Thu Jul 31, 2003 8:16 am

I've heard that for most airliners to land at La Paz, they have to be adjusted for the low air pressure, as the oxygen masks will deploy for most aircraft at 13,000 feet. Has anyone else heard the same, or can anyone provide confirmation?

It seems likely. Boeing mentioned that this was one of the tweaks they had to make for 757s at the Tibetan airports.
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