Lee's Travel Guide

Interesting Airport Facts and Oddities

Princess Juliana International Airport


Princess Juliana International Airport serves the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin. The airport serves as a hub for Windward Islands Airways and is the major gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Saba, St. Barthélemy and St. Eustatius. It is named after Juliana of the Netherlands, who was crown princess when the airport opened.

The airport runway is right next to the beach. The web site has some amazing photos of planes that look like they are just a few feet off the ground flying over the beach as they come in for a landing.

The world's shortest flight


The world's shortest flight takes an average time of just 96 seconds and covers a little over a mile from Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands.

A local ferry service form Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands was suspended recently, meaning that six teenage children had no way of getting to their secondary school, Westray Junior High. Thankfully, Loganair came to the rescue and are taking the children to and from school on what is believed to be the world's shortest flight. The flight takes an average time of just 96 seconds and covers a little over a mile. The route is popular with visitors to the islands but is also an important lifeline to residents.

Funchal Airport


Madeira Airport also known as Funchal Airport (formerly known as Santa Catarina Airport,) located near Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, has a runway that was extended over the nearby ocean. Instead of using landfill, they built it on 180 columns. The airport won the "Outstanding Structures Award" from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)

Funny Airport Names

World's Funniest Airport Names: rudest, weirdest and strangest from skyscanner.

How about Useless Loop Airport or Wagga Wagga Airport? There are some pretty strange names here.

Daily Flights Viewed From Space

Daily Flights Viewed From Space from TravelMole.

24-hours observation of all of the large aircraft flights in the world, condensed down to about 2 minutes. From space This is a 24-hours observation of all of the large aircraft flights in the world, condensed down to about 2 minutes. From space, we look like a bee-hive of activity! You could tell it was summer time in the north by the sun's footprint over the planet. You could see that it didn't quite set in the extreme north and it didn't quite rise in the extreme south.

Svalbard - Longyear Airport (LYR/ENSB)


Svalbard - Longyear Airport is the most northerly airport in the world with scheduled flights. It is located in Longyearbyen, Norway at coordinates 78°14'46"N, 15°27'56"E at an elevation of 34m (111ft). It has 1 Passenger Terminal, 1 Cargo Terminal and 3 Aircraft Stands.

Here is some tourist information for Svalbard in case you want to visit.

Misleading Airport Names

There are several airports that purport to serve specific cities but are much farther away than you might like.

  • Girona Barcelona Airport
    This airport is about 65 miles northeast of Barcelona and its Gaudi architecture and raucous nightlife
  • Reus Barcelona Airport
    This airport, which also "serves" Barcelona, is about the same distance from the city as is Barcelona Girona.
  • Hamburg Lubeck airport
    You'll have to drive about 68 miles from this airport if your destinatin is Hamburg.
  • London Oxford Airport
    Want to ride the London Eye? If you fly into this airport you'll still be about 60 miles away.
  • London South End Airport
    Rival hub London City Airport has critisied the International Air Transport Association's decision to designate this airport, which is about 50 miles fron London, as a London airport, saying that it is misleading to foreign travelers.
  • Memmingen Airport (Munich West Airport)
    If you are traveling to Munich for Octoberfest, flying into this airport will only get you within about 67 miles of your destination.
  • Oslo-Torp Airport
    Flying into this airport will only get you within about 75 miles of Norway's capital and its museums and fjords.
  • Robin Hood Airport
    This airport, in Doncaster, is about 40 miles from Robin Hood's territory of Nottingham.
  • Stockholm Skavsta Airport
    This airport is located about 66 miles southwest of the capital of Sweden and its terracotta buildings.
  • Tokyo's Narita Airport
    When you land here you still have about 45 miles to go to get to Tojyo.

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