The World's Scariest Runways

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Nail-biting landings and harrowing takeoffs—buckle up when you fly into these airports.

Paro Airport, Bhutan

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Who Flies There: Druk Air, the national carrier.

Why It’s Harrowing: Tucked into a tightly cropped valley and surrounded by 16,000-foot-high serrated Himalayan peaks, this is arguably the world's most forbidding airport to fly into. It requires specially trained pilots to maneuver into this stomach-dropping aerie by employing visual flying rules and then approaching and landing through a narrow channel of vertiginous tree-covered hillsides.

The World's Scariest Runways

Paro Airport, Bhutan

Who Flies There: Druk Air, the national carrier.

Why It’s Harrowing: Tucked into a tightly cropped valley and surrounded by 16,000-foot-high serrated Himalayan peaks, this is arguably the world's most forbidding airport to fly into. It requires specially trained pilots to maneuver into this stomach-dropping aerie by employing visual flying rules and then approaching and landing through a narrow channel of vertiginous tree-covered hillsides.

bhutan view / Alamy
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