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    The World's Most Unusual Airports

    The World's Most Unusual Airports

    1- Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten

    Be sure to wave at the beachgoers as you land here: The St. Maarten airport is located justbeyond this beautiful Caribbean Islands Maho Beach, and youll skim right over their headsbefore you touch down.

    2 - Kansai International Airport, Japan

    What do you do when you dont have enough land to build an airport? Create some of yourown. Japans Kansai International Airport rests on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, whichpassengers reach by car, rail or ferry.

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    3 - Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

    Gisborne Airport, on New Zealands North Island, may be the only airport in the world whereplanes occasionally have to stop and wait for trains to pass.

    4 - Barra Airport, Scotland

    The island of Barra in Scotlands Outer Hebrides is the only place in the world that uses abeach as a runway for regularly scheduled flights.

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    5 - Hong Kong International Airport

    Care to hit the links before you fly? A nine-hole golf course is just steps away from Hong

    Kong International Airports Terminal 2, complete with floodlights for nighttime golfing.

    6 - Courchevel International Airport, France

    Nestled high in the French Alps, the resort town of Courchevel ranks among the worldsmost sophisticated ski areas and comes complete with its own airport.

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    7 - Juneau International Airport, Alaska

    Theres very little flat land to be found around Juneau, the capital of Alaska. The mountainssurrounding Juneaus airport, plus the frequent bad weather, make flying here so dicey thatAlaska Airlines pioneered new flight technology to make it viable on a modern scale.

    8 - Gibraltar Airport

    In tiny Gibraltar, space is at a premium enough so that the airports runway intersectsGibraltars main road, which has to be closed every time a plane takes off or lands.

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    9 - Telluride Regional Airport, Colorado

    At an elevation of more than 9,000 feet, Telluride Regional Airport is the highest commercial

    airport on the continent. Its also surrounded by mountains and built on a cliff.

    10 - Copalis State Airport, Washington

    If youre landing at Copalis State Airport on Washingtons Pacific coast, you could beforgiven for wondering where the airport is. In fact, its little more than a strip of beach,which also happens to be open to beachgoers.

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    11 - Toncontn International Airport, Honduras

    Toncontn International Airports 7,096-foot-long runway is one of the shortest internationalrunways on the planet. The nearby mountains make it dangerous it can be hard forplanes, especially large ones, to get up enough speed to clear the peaks from such a shortrunway.

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    12 - Denver International Airport

    Denver International Airport is big at 53 square miles, its the largest in North America but it walks softly on the Earth.

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