Incredible Island Airports
Welcome to the world of island airports! Island airports, usually built on natural coral reefs or artificially constructed islands, make tropical and land-scarce locations around the world accessible to millions of tourists each year. Here are some of the most fantastic island airports that you could be landing in on your next exotic vacation!
1. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives
Also known as the Male International Airport, this is the main international airport of the Maldives. It is located on the Hulhule Island in the region known as North Male Atoll, and it sees thousands, if not millions, of tourists pass through its doors each year.
The airport was constructed on a coral reef not far from the Maldivian island capital city of Male. The airport resides at an elevation of 6 feet (about 2 meters) above sea level, has only one runway that measures 10,500 feet x 148 feet (3,200 m x 45 m).
2. Chubu Centrair International Airport, Japan
|You may not think of Japan as a tropical location, or even an island, but this heavily populated Asian nation relies almost entirely on island airports to make their country airplane accessible. The airport was built on an artificial island called Ise Bay in the Aichi Province. It has been defined as a first class airport, and it is the main international gateway to the central region of Japan. Well over a million passengers make their way through this airport each year.|
3. Maamigili Airport, Maldives
Another of the Maldives' marvelous airports located in the middle of crystal clear blue waters. This airport is located on the island of Maamigili and opened to the public in October, 2011. The airport sees less traffic than Nasir International Airport, and has a much smaller runway.
If you are heading to this small island in the Maldives, make sure your know and trust the captain first because this view from above could be nerve wrecking!
4. Kobe Airport, Japan
|This is one more of Japan's various island airports just off the coast of Kobe. It handles primarily domestic flights so you may not make it here unless you somehow end up on a luxurious charter plane. The airport does not usually welcome international flights because it has a shorter runway than most standard international airports. The government has even recently capped the number of daily flights that can come out of Kobe at 30 in order to prevent 'overcrowding' on the island.|
5. Hong Kong International Airport, China
|This is no small island! The Hong Kong International Airport is located on Chek Lap Kok island and was one of the largest island airports ever built. Constructed finished in 1998 and became an important regional shipment hub and a gateway for destinations in Mainland China and the rest of Asia. Today, it is the world's busiest cargo gateway and it is one of the busiest passenger airports.|
6. Henderson Airfield, USA
The Henderson Airfield is only of the only island airports in the United States, located on Sand Island in Midway Atoll, an unincorporated territory of the United States. The airport is often used as an emergency diversion point for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airport, however, is uncontrolled, meaning that the pilots flying into Henderson airfield must coordinate their planes ahead of time to avoid crashes. Flight arrivals and departures are limited to night time in October - August when the albatross birds are present due to their migration.
7. Kitakyushu Airport, Japan
|As you can probably tell, Asia is the hub for island airports. Well, if there was an award for the most isolated island airport, Kitakyushu Airport would win! It is located in Fukuoka, Japan and was built on an artificial island 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) away from the main part of the city. The island is located on shallow water, and now the architects are planning to expand the size of the airport.|
8. Macau International Airport, China
|Macau is fast becoming the Chinese challenge to Las Vegas, Nevada. In this gambling haven, you don't need to enter the casino in order to feel a thrill. The airport is located on the eastern end of Taipa island. The airport's runway was built on a strip of reclaimed land in the sea. Technically, the airport can hold up to 6,000,000 passengers per year, but much more than that pass through its doors.|
9. Kansai International Airport, China
On an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, the airport is an international hub in and out of Japan for the national Nippon airways company. The construction of the airport began in 1987 and over 21,000,000 meters cubed were excavated for the construction of the airport - not easy work at all!
The island had been predicted to sink by about 19ft (5.7 m). Up until now it has sunk about 27 feet (8.2 m), much more than previously predicted. This project became one of the world's most expensive civil works projects in modern history with twenty years of planning and construction and several billion dollars in investments.
10. Nagasaki Airport, Japan
|The Nagasaki airport is located about 18 kilometers (11 miles) northwest of the city of Nagasaki. There is one runway on the island, and another on the mainland. This was truly one of the pioneers of the island airport back in 1975 when it was built.|
11. Marshall Islands International Airport, Marshall Islands
One of the favorite holiday destinations in America, the Marshall Islands international airport is located on the southern side of Majuro Atoll, a stabilizing coral reef. The airport was built sometime after World War II.
The airway terminal is made up of hangars, with no physical structures at the airport until the 1970s. Today, the airport is used by the slew of American and foreign visitors who come to experience the tropical peace of the Marshall Islands.