I have a question and I hope someone can answer it.
Recently I flew to a greek island with a stop on another island. The islands are called Zakynthos and Kefallonia.
As most greek island airports these were very simple with one runway, no jetways and a very small airport building without modern equipment.
What surprised me was how rough the landing was on both islands. On approach to Zakynthos the captain even announced it would be rough. Take offs were also quite dramatic. I flew on a B737-800 (NG). My question now. Are these runways very much shorter than at bigger airports in for example cities and what runway length does a B737 need to land and take off? Is there more risk involved at these small airports?