I’m in the US right now, enjoying some American food and cheap electronics, so I’m catching up on pre-trip blog posts… lest you think I am still in Sao Paulo.
The other night we were all a little restless. Hubby has spoiled my son, by letting him stay up late and play with him. So the other night, when my son decided he was dead set on not falling asleep, we decided to go on a drive.
On our last little GPS nightmare, we noticed while driving on Avenue Bandeirantes that there were some side streets that looked right at the flight path entrance for Congonhas. So we sat and watched the planes land and take off.
Congonhas is a very interesting airport, it’s got a teeny runway as it’s in the middle of a city. In fact, if you pay attention, you’ll notice parts of the “runway” are actually integrated with the city. A large pole with lights on the corner of a gas station here or there. In fact it’s the 5th most dangerous airport in the world. There’s not a lot of room for error, since this airport is right in the middle of the city.
Many of the other “most dangerous” airports are in areas that are very cold and snowy, like Antarctica. But there were some with just short runways or bad design… like Gibraltar’s.
Yes that is a road going through the middle of the airport.