Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fly By Beach

Juliana Airport, in the Antilles, has one of the shortest airstrips in the world and, in order
to land, planes have to descend down to 10-20 meters above the heads of relaxing tourists
on Maho beach. The landing strip is just over 2,000 meters-long, barely enough for large jets
to complete their landings.
At the moment the only company flying weekly to Juliana Airport is Corsairfly. Iknow it looks
pretty scary and dangerous but so far no incidents have been reported. Maybe just some
bleeding ears every once in a while from the sound of the engines.

Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA: SXM, ICAO: TNCM) serves the Dutch part of
the island of Saint Martin. It is the second busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean, after
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2005, the airport handled
1,663,226 passengers. The airport serves as a hub for Windward Islands Airways and is
the major gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Saba, St. Barthélemy
and St. Eustatius. It is named after Juliana of the Netherlands, who was crown princess
when the airport opened. There is also an airport on the French side of the island near
Marigot, called Grand Case Airport or L'Espérance Airport.
From Wikipedia 

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