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Top 7 most extreme airports in the world

12-08-2011 11:11 BJT

From cliffside strips to sea ice runways—these breathtaking, heart-stopping runways may render your holiday flights cushy by comparison.

NO.7 Barra Airport, Scotland

Barra Airport, Scotland [SJ Images/Alamy]

Pilots bound for the Scottish isle of Barra must review all the standard reports of weather and air traffic but also keep an eye on a rather unusual factor—the tide chart.

This Outer Hebrides airstrip may be the only one in the world where regularly scheduled commercial flights touch down and take off on a beach. One of the three Barra runways—the cockleshell strip known as Traigh Mhor—is underwater, and off-limits, at high tide.

For some people, such unique airports are travel destinations in their own right. "Aviation geeks like me," Wilson said, "tend to seek these places out."

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