Sunday, 7 December 2014

Barra Airport | The Beach Airport of Scotland

Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago. Feature of this airport is that — its runways is located directly on the beach of the Gulf  Traigh Mhòr, and flight schedule is tailored to the tides. At high tide the airfield runways hidden water, so take off and landing is impossible. Also the airport is not served by night flights, but in case of emergency landing is still possible - then illuminated by automobile headlights lane and along the coast are laid special reflective tape. In total, there are three runways, the average length is 800 meters. Because of the unusual location and short length strips this airport is considered one of the most dangerous in the world, and take off and land here can make only small aircraft.

Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
The rest of this airport is not very different from the other: there are dispatch, arrival and departure terminals, the service loading of baggage and so on. Operates an airport with 14 June 1933. Barra is now the only beach airport anywhere in the world to be used for scheduled airline services. De Havilland Twin Otters of Loganair connect Barra with Glasgow and with Benbecula. Details of the services to and from Barra can be found on Loganair's web site or on our Feature Page about the service. Total Barra Airport caters to 1,500 flights a year, and an average of 8500 passengers per year use the airport and there are more than 1400 aircraft movements (landings or takeoffs) per year. Small planes to land directly on the beach, but only in the afternoon at low tide. Tide hides runways under water and the drive can only seaplane. An ideal place for hiking mountain walks, beaches, water sports. Barra Airport - an airport with a unique sandy runways for aircraft with short takeoff and landing characteristics. Among the ten most dangerous airports in the world. [First Image credit ㇹヮィㇳ]

The "tarmac" is white sand, the airport is subject to tides.
The "tarmac" is white sand, the airport is subject to tides. Image credit Romain

Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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Barra beach landing strip in the world.
Barra beach landing strip in the world. Image credit Elaine Haworth

Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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The Baggage reclaim building at Barra Airport. Perfectly adequate for a Twin-Otter load.
The Baggage reclaim building at Barra Airport. Perfectly adequate for a Twin-Otter load. Image credit Gerry McLaughlin

Barra Airport, one of the most unusual airports in the world - Barra is located in the north of Scotland in the UK, on the small island of Barra, which belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago.
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