Monday, 15 September 2008

Tegucigalpa - Toncontin International Airport

An exciting introduction to the destination of Honduras, begins with the spectacular approach and landing at Toncontin International Airport, where natural facets combine to present a heart-stopping set of conditions.

Mixing the downhill runway, with a mountainous approach, plus a very short runway, ensures that pilots utilize all their skills to accomplish safe landings at Toncontin International Airport.

The airport is classed as both civil and military, and is operated by the military of Honduras. Toncontin International Airport is renowned as having one of the shortest international runways in the world, which is a single asphalt runway with a distance of 1,863 m (6,112 feet), as this video demonstrates.

“A Boeing 737 cockpit view of the approach and landing into the Tegucigalpa airport located in Honduras. Tegucigalpa (TGU) is considered by many to be one of the world's most dangerous airports due to; the steep approach required; elevation; short, sloping runway and high terrain in very close proximity.”

Located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, a famous location in Central America, placing it in the time zone of UTC-6.

Amazingly for an international airport, the facilities serve only 4 gates and 2 baggage claim belts. It's quite a wonder how the 364,141 passengers travel through here. Further signs of the lacking status is the absence of any official website.
The code TGU / MHTG represents more in the way of cargo, statistically because an impressive 6,895,267 tonnes of cargo can move through the airport in a year.

Map of Toncontin International Airport:

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