Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Unique Beach Airport of Baara Island

The island of Barra is the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The total area of Barra is roughly 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi), the main village being Castlebay (Bàgh a' Chaisteil).

Since there is no space to build a proper airport, Barra's airport is a unique place in the entire Europe. The tiny airport, near Northbay, uses the beach called An Tràigh Mhòr as a runway. Planes can only land and take off at low tide meaning that the timetable varies. Barra's airport is the only airport in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach.

The aircraft currently in operation on Barra is the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, flown by Loganair on services to Glasgow and Benbecula from where connections to Stornoway are also available. There are no flights on Sundays. The beach is also a source of cockles.

While very few travel to Barra Island and a majority of people around the world would not know how it feels when landing on a beach, herein under are photos of the Barra Airport:

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra




Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra

Airport On The Island Of Barra


Research material: Wikipedia
Photos Source: Funzug

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