Today we’re diverting from the beaten track, trading hustle and bustle for tranquility and charm. Get ready to embark on a virtual journey to the world’s 10 best kept secret airports, offering unique experiences that turn travel into a joy, not a chore.
1. Donegal Airport, Ireland
Nestled in the rugged beauty of Ireland’s North West, Donegal Airport is often voted one of the world’s most scenic airports. The flight in soars over the dramatic coastline and patchwork of green fields, making your arrival just as memorable as your trip.
2. Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport, Spain
This Spanish airport offers a warm Mediterranean welcome. Though small, it’s big on style and comfort.
A lovely terrace café allows you to soak up the Spanish sun before you fly.
3. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada
Imagine an airport just a stone’s throw from the city center. Billy Bishop is an oasis of calm amidst Toronto’s urban bustle. A quick ferry ride across the harbor transports you to this convenient hub.
4. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Nepal
Daredevils, this one’s for you! Named after the first two men to summit Everest, this tiny airport in Lukla is the starting point for many Himalayan adventures.
It’s one of the highest airports in the world – the landing is an adventure in itself!
5. Pico Island Airport, Azores
This airport on Portugal’s Pico Island is a gateway to paradise. The volcanic island, known for its vineyards and whale watching, is an off-the-beaten-path treasure. The airport’s stunning sea views are just the start.
6. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba
Landing at Saba’s airport, one of the smallest in the world, is a thrilling experience. Nestled in the Dutch Caribbean, the island is a paradise for divers and hikers. From the air, you can spy the lush, mountainous landscape awaiting exploration.
7. Paro Airport, Bhutan
Only a select few pilots are qualified to land at Paro, nestled in the peaks of the Himalayas.
Surrounded by monasteries and traditional Bhutanese architecture, it’s one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging airports.
8. Barra Airport, Scotland
This unique airport in the Outer Hebrides is the only one in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach!
The runway disappears at high tide, so flight times vary with the sea.
9. Kansai International Airport, Japan
Built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, Kansai blends modern innovation with traditional Japanese design. The sleek, airy terminal is an architectural marvel, making the airport a destination in its own right.
10. Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
Arriving at this remote airport offers breathtaking views of fjords, icebergs, and the rugged Greenland wilderness. It’s a truly unforgettable start to any Arctic adventure.
These hidden gem airports turn travel into an experience, not just a means to an end.
So, why not spice up your itinerary and embark on a journey less traveled?
Safe and happy travels!