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What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown To?

Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:07 am

Inspired by the ""What's The Most "exotic" Airline You've Flown On?"" thread, this thread asks: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown To?

It's LUA / Tenzing-Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, in Nepal for me.

The runway is 1,729 feet long and is at an altitude of 9,334 feet.

You only get one chance at the landing and takeoff. Land or crash. Takeoff or crash. Very exciting stuff!

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Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:58 am

Depending on how you define "exotic", on my list would be:

LYR Svalbard, Norway
KYD Orchid Island, Taiwan
TOD Tioman Island, Malaysia
DEZ Dier-ez-Zour, Syria
BJM Bujumbura, Burundi
...unknown code...Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:49 am

Yeah depends on definition!

For me, probably CFN , Donegal Airport, tucked away up in the north west of Ireland. Approach is over the stormy Atlantic, with views of Mt Errigal. Largest aircraft is a chartered SAAB 2000, regular service is from DUB on an ATR 72 with EI Regional.

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Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:39 pm

Old Crow in Canada...little small Terminal, friendly people and dirt-runway...
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Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:38 pm

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):
Old Crow in Canada.

Cool, me too!
Also had the opportunity to fly to Komakuk Beach, though I guess its technically not an airport any more.

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Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:29 pm

BRW & SCC would be it for me.
 
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Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:47 pm

Quoting 777Jet (Thread starter):
Inspired by the ""What's The Most "exotic" Airline You've Flown On?"" thread, this thread asks: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown To?

It's LUA / Tenzing-Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, in Nepal for me.

When I saw the title of the thread, I was ready to jump in and say Lukla! You beat me to it.

Quoting tz757300 (Reply 5):
BRW & SCC would be it for me.

I've also flown out of Prudhoe Bay. It was a one way flight. We arrived by bicycle.
 
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Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:25 pm

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the exotic island of Tioman, Malaysia (airport code = TIO).
This was one of my best travels so far: fantastic hotel, great snorkeling, and some very nice rainforest.



What was even more exotic for me: this was the first time I actually flew "backwards"! Airplane was a Beryaja Air de Havilland Canada DHC-7. I was in seat 1A (I think) which is directly behind the cockpit. Being seated here means you look towards the back of the plane, never had that before!

Since the runway is only 992 meters long, take off was quite spectacular. The airplane would backtrack the runway and apply full throttle for some seconds before releasing the brakes. Not your daily kind of take-off but on the other hand this is probably "peanuts" for the mighty Dash 7, being a STOL airplane.

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A few months ago, while planning my 2016 trips, I found out that Berjaya no longer flies to TIO. Too bad!
 
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Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:40 pm

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Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:07 pm

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RE: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown

Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:01 pm

Hmmm.....

WYS - West Yellowstone Airport. Nice little terminal with service solely to SLC on DL Connection.

AZA - Phoenix's 'secondary' airport in Mesa. Only G4 serves the airport, albeit to several (small) cities.
 
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Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:02 pm

It doesn't get much more exotic than this.....

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Quoting Flanders (Reply 7):
Since the runway is only 992 meters long, take off was quite spectacular. The airplane would backtrack the runway and apply full throttle for some seconds before releasing the brakes. Not your daily kind of take-off but on the other hand this is probably "peanuts" for the mighty Dash 7, being a STOL airplane.

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That's usual procedure at MPH but the DHC-7 is now gone and things will soon change when they open the extended runway for operations...    ...

http://www.philippineflightnetwork.c...clan-airport-to-be-ready-2016.html


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RE: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown

Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:22 pm

USM (Koh Samui) is a candidate with its open air terminal

But I'll go with GIB because of the road. Not every day you see this!


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But the general feel of the airport is exciting, with the strong and unpredictable winds, the fact that it's surrounded by sea and it's actually quite short (1680m). Full power takeoffs!


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Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:19 am

The two are: Santa Elena airport in Guatemala to visit the famed ruins at Tikal.
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Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:34 am

For me probably BLR, Bangalore, India. It's farthest from home I'm ever traveled -- India is literally on the other side of the world from the western United States.

Also Robe Lake Seaplane Base in Valdez, Alaska (FAA identifier L93) on a DHC-3 Beaver float plane. Although I'm not sure a lake with a dock where float planes can be tied up quite counts as an "airport".
 
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Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:46 am

Probably Blantyre Malawi BLZ and Zanzibar ZNZ for me.

MSE is hardly exotic, but there are no scheduled flights there now.
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Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:00 am

For me that would be
IPC - Mataveri Airport, Easter Island
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Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:14 am

Just like Chalks with the airline got to go with Bimni Seaplane Base, Paradise Island Seaplane base second, and Watson Island a third.

Excluding the sea plane bases I guess I would go with Pullman Washington, not exactly "exotic"

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Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:23 am

I flew into Cleveland (CLE) one time.... Just teasing.
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RE: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown

Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:38 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 6):
hen I saw the title of the thread, I was ready to jump in and say Lukla! You beat me to it.

Hahaha...

But you might have logged Lukla before me and technically 'beat me to it'  
Quoting MrHMSH (Reply 12):
USM (Koh Samui) is a candidate with its open air terminal

  

Despite living in Thailand for 2 years and spending 6 weeks there every year I still haven't been to Samui or logged a PG flight for that matter.

If I fly a PG A319 to USM I'll be able to log a new airline / type / airport in the one flight!

Quoting Cush (Reply 18):
I flew into Cleveland (CLE) one time.... Just teasing.

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Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:20 am

Ilulissat (JAV) and Nuuk (GOH)
 
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Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:04 am

BZE for me. I loved the 180 after landing and the 60s era terminal with the air stairs.
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RE: What's The Most "exotic" Airport You've Flown

Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:58 am

That's easy. IPC.

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Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:32 am

In my case, it was RBQ, Rurrenabaque, in Beni/Bolivia. It was the days of the grass runway (13/31), before the new runway (18/36) was built. Because of rain, our flight was delayed three days. It was on TAMBo, on its MA60s, in 2009.
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Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:26 am

For me it was TRD. Which isn't that exotic, but still, I find it definitely worth mentioning. Sitting on the right side of a 737 after landing, it turns toward the terminal, and bam, looking straight out toward a breathtaking view of the bay.
 
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Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:27 pm

For me personally......

Longreach, QLD, generally 1 flight per day, miles from anyway....and hey what a place to find a 707 and 747 parked up!

Cairns, QLD .....about 25-30 years ago I had a Flight International magazine, and this particular week it had an article on Qantas in it, the cover featured a picture of Cairns airport looking across towards the runway, with a QF 747 on the runway and another one parked at the terminal. I remember the tropical feel to it. So when I finally made it there in 2013 for the first time I was quite excited!
 
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Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:13 pm

Stella Maris airport on Bahamas' Long Island:
http://i.imgur.com/NfiaeKQ.jpg

I also flew out of a privately owned airstrip with one aircraft attached to it with some regularity a couple of years ago. 4000' long and it wasn't until I started flying from there that I realised there was such thing as an FAA Identifier for airfields/airports! Everything up until then I thought was ICAO and IATA codes!
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Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:48 pm

Sedona, Arizona (KSEZ). Got to fly in as a pilot. Check out this approach
 
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Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:29 pm

In 1992 when I was 10 years old I flew with my Dad from CDG to MRU, via MRS, JIB (Djibouti) and RUN (it was a long AF run!). When we landed in JIB, I remember being so excited, it felt very exotic, like we had landed in the middle of the desert. Me and my Dad still joke about it now.

To JIB, I'll add:

WLS - Wallis, Wallis et Futuna
NLK - Norfolk Island
ZSE - Pierrefonds, Reunion
RRG - Plaine Corail, Rodrigues
HOR - Horta, Azores

each of them just because they felt so isolated in the vast expanse of ocean surrounding them.

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Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:18 am

Perhaps the most exotic flown out from but not into would be Tripoli on a Canadair C-4 Argonaut.

More than a strip than an airport would be Bellburn (YBEB) in Purnululu, WA.

Otherwise, an overnight stop in Karachi due to engine problems on a Bristol Britannia.
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Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:54 am

While for me personally CUZ and MCT might be the airports I least expected to ever land on, and LIM, BOM and DEL were the most exotic experiences for me, the most exotic one has got to be Grimsey (GRY), an island 60 miles north of Iceland. The runway actually crosses the Arctic Circle! Flew in on a Norlandair Twin Otter from Akureyri, a very nice experience.

I've also flown on private aircraft from some airports in Iceland that don't have any airline service, including Stykkisholmur (SYK) in Western Iceland, Tungubakkar (BIMS) just outside of Reykjavik and Sandskeidi (BISS).


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Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:27 pm

Besides IPC listed above, I also think that Mandalay, Bagan & Heho Airports in Burma are quite exotic!!!
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Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:30 pm

Quoting PieterBoth (Reply 28):
To JIB, I'll add:

WLS - Wallis, Wallis et Futuna
NLK - Norfolk Island
ZSE - Pierrefonds, Reunion
RRG - Plaine Corail, Rodrigues
HOR - Horta, Azores

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Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:39 pm

Would like to add BRR - Barra on the Hebridean Islands (Scotland) with its "beach" runway
 
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Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:36 pm

I would have to go with Easter Island [IPC] followed by Puerto Maldanado [PEM] and Hai Phong [HPH].
 
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Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:19 pm

Quoting eielef (Reply 23):
In my case, it was RBQ, Rurrenabaque, in Beni/Bolivia. It was the days of the grass runway (13/31), before the new runway (18/36) was built. Because of rain, our flight was delayed three days. It was on TAMBo, on its MA60s, in 2009.

I flew into RBQ with the grass runway also and learned a very valuable lesson about trip planning. I booked RBQ-LPB the day before the AA flight out of LPB back tot he states. I barely got lucky. I was on the very first departure out of RBQ in the morning. Flights were cancelled all day. We were the only flight that got out of there just before dark.
 
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Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:07 pm

Fraser Island's beach runway for a tour flight.

We stopped there on our way to Great Keppel Island, where I was surprised to learn that there's a small STOL runway. Didn't see any flights operating from it though.
 
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Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:56 pm

Kingscote Airport (IATA: KGC, ICAO: YKSC) on Kangaroo Island in Australia
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Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:19 pm

I can't think of any airport that strikes me as overly exotic. I guess Banjul, The Gambia is slightly more obscure but it is still a fairly busy little airport. There is Armidale Airport in Australia was the first airport I've been to that didn't have baggage claim, you just grabbed your case from a trolley.

The one that FELT the most exotic was NBO, the first time I flew there when I was 9 years old. I'd never been outside Europe and North America before, so it was a totally new experience.
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Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:44 pm

For me the only one that really stands out is Changhai Island (CNI) in China. With its single daily Y-12 flight that can't be booked in advance and 2,800 foot runway it is certainly obscure. http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/11406342_841139479294095_5617964634968274990_o.jpg http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/t31.0-8/11402257_841139505960759_601356518320318173_o.jpg

The only other contenders for me are a few other airfields around China, Xiangyang (XFN), Weifang (WEF), Kinmen (KNH) and Tinian (TIQ) in the Marianas along with Barrow, Alaska (BRW) and two other nearby strips at Atqasuk (ATK) and Wainwright (AIN). Of course any airport on the North Korean aviation tours counts as exotic  
 
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Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:50 pm

Toss-up between IPC and GPS for me.
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Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:07 am

Since I haven't traveled a lot, it would be OGG for me.   
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Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:41 pm

CAY, French Guyana - 1982 (I did not have a camera with me, unfortunately)
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Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:43 pm

Any a.netters flown in / out of Courchevel?
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Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:35 pm

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Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:40 pm

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 14):

I don't know why I didn't think of this before since I was there just two month ago, but I should mention HAV as well. It might not be that exotic to most, but since travel to Cuba is still restricted for most Americans is was exotic for me. There was also getting to board a 737 via stairs, which is something we don't do often in North America.
 
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Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:10 pm

The most "exotic" for me, and here I mean "unusual" would be QNY, the East River Seaport in New York City. A runway in motion, whilst landing among ferry boats and freighters right over the Brooklyn Bridge and with the most spectacular views of Manhattan...doesn't get better than that!

Otherwise, the most "exotic" land-based airport would be BDR, but I don't think BDR deserves the title of "exotic"...depressing, maybe.
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Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:36 pm

For me it is one of two airports:

Puerto Princesa on the Philippine island of Palawan - PPS (flying from MNL)

Lombok Airport in Indonesia - LOP (flying to DPS).
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Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:18 pm

Quoting Cipango (Reply 47):
Puerto Princesa on the Philippine island of Palawan - PPS (flying from MNL)

Now you can book AirSWIFT and fly direct to ENI in Reply 11 to avoid the five hour van or bus ride from PPS.....

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