December 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM
The Port of Seattle announced Tuesday that it will extend for three years its nine-month-old pilot program that brings Northwest artists to perform live music around the airport.
Cost of the program will be split between the Port and airport merchants. Dining and retail tenants have agreed to match port funding up to (more…)
October 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Most frequent-fliers have tales of white-knuckle flights. Turbulence can shake everyone up. Rough landings or in-flight engine problems make passengers fear the worst.
Now the online travel site Airfarewatchdog has come up with its 2013 list of thrilling – that is, scariest – airports around the world. Here’s the list:
- Sea Ice Runway, Antarctica: Unpaved, a chance the ice could crack under the weight of the plane.
- Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar: Major highway cuts through the runway.
- Madeira Airport, Portugal: Last-minute sharp turns, strong turbulence over the ocean.
- Qambo Bamda Airport, Tibet: 14,000 feet above sea level (high altitude landings = extremely dangerous).
- Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island (Caribbean): Error = ocean landing, experienced pilots ONLY.
- Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong: Closed in 1998, planes flew so low you could almost touch them (from apartment buildings edging the runway).
- Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho: Dirt air strip, drops off at a cliff.
- Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail, Colo.: Bad winter weather, tough terrain.
- Narsarauq Airport, Greenland: Constant turbulence/gusts of wind, last minute adjustments needed to avoid crashing into surrounding valley.
- Ketchikan International Airport, Ketchikan, Alaska Short runway close to mountains/ocean, bad weather.
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