The World’s Most Remote Airports

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July 13, 2022

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As the world advances, we gain access to even more parts of the world in even less time. Many parts of the world that were only accessible by boat for centuries can now be reached by plane. Some of the world’s most remote airports have been developed for research, military or tourism purposes. Regardless of their purpose, the world is more connected than ever, as evidenced by the airports below.

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A List of the Most Remote Airports

Airports are determined to be remote based on their distance from the closest airport. The farther away an airport is from all others, the more remote it is. The following are some of the most remote airports in the world.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport

Also known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world, Tenzing-Hillary Airport is located in the town of Lukla, Nepal. The airport is most known as a popular starting point for journeys to Mount Everest Base Camp. The airport is only accessible by helicopter or small, fixed-wing airplanes. Despite its remote location, the airport serves over 100,000 passengers a year on the way to Mount Everest.

Svalbard Airport

Svalbard Airport serves the Norwegian island of Svalbard. The airport is the northernmost airport in the world that allows scheduled public flights. The airport serves over 100,000 passengers a year, with most flights taking place between mainland Norway.

Alert Airport

Located in Canada, this airport is considered the northernmost permanent in the world, as it is only 500 miles away from the true North Pole. The airport was initially developed for Canadian military use, but it also serves as a location for refueling allied military aircraft.

McMurdo Station Ice Runway

One of the most remote airports in the world is situated in one of the most remote places in the world in Antarctica. The airport is closest to McMurdo Station, which is an integral location for the United States Antarctic Program.

This unique airfield is unlike any other airport, as the runway is made solely of ice. Although mostly used by ski-equipped aircraft, the runway has also welcomed wheeled aircraft. The nearest airport to the Ice Runway is in Christchurch, New Zealand, over 2000 miles away.

St. Helena and Ascension Island

Each located on their own island, St. Helena Airport and the Royal Airforce Station Wideawake Airfield make for two of the most remote airports in the world. St. Helena Airport is located on St. Helena Island, while Wideawake Airfield is located on Ascension Island. These two remote airports are closest to each other than any other airport, 800 miles away. Both of these islands are British territories in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 1000 miles away from the west coast of Africa, the nearest mainland.

Mataveri International Airport

Mataveri International Airport, located in the city of Hanga Roa, is the only airport that services Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, which is famous for its large, mysterious and human-head-shaped figures sculpted from volcanic ash. The airport is also known as Isla de Pascua Airport. The nearest airport to Mataveri is Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, which is 2,335 miles away in Santiago, Chile.

Because of its proximity to some of the most fascinating structures in the world, the airport sees over 100,000 passengers each year, despite the island having a population of 7,750. This makes it the world’s most remote commercial airport.

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