Lugano Travel Guide
For the next couple of days we are doing a quick fly-over of the world's most dangerous airports. And by dangerous we mean formidable, adventurous, and fear inspiring. Know a stomach dropping, palm sweat inducing airport we should check out? Send it along.
LUG is in a mountain valley, bordered by a lake and subject to strong alpine winds. Crossair / Swiss, have been flying there for years with aircraft as big as the BAe 146. Until one day, the Swiss aviation overseers have found out that the approach is so steep that it's illegal.
For a while, commercial air traffic into the area came to a virtual standstill. Eventually, Saab 2000 planes were again permitted to fly there. Too bad that Swiss had just sold all of these. So now they are wet-leasing Saabs for the Zurich-Lugano route.
Especially during inclement weather, approaching LUG is more fun than a roller coaster ride at your local Six Flags. Or, as the elderly American couple behind me once exclaimed: "Oh my god, we're all gonna die in here!!"
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