Barra International Airport, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Where else in the world can you pick cockles on a runway?
Rather than think about where to build a tarmac airstrip when you're short on space, the Outer Hebridean island of Barra took a different approach -- it didn't bother with one.
Pilots wait until the tide is out and then land on the beach -- reportedly the only airport in the world where scheduled flights touch down on sand.
In between flights to and from Glasgow, the public have open access to the beach/runway.
Paro Airport, Bhutan
If there were awards for remote airways surrounded by dramatic scenery, the Himalayas would be filling a shelf.
In pride of place might stand the only international airport in the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan
Descending into a narrow, high-altitude bowl amid 6,000-meter peaks, pilots -- who have to be specially trained to land here -- bank their jets in a sharp right turn before swooping in low over farm houses.
Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan
Landing on an aircraft carrier looks thrilling, but you usually have to join the air force to do it.
You can experience a good second best at Japan's Kansai International Airport, where the two runways appear to float on the water way out in Osaka Bay.
Actually located on a purpose-built artificial island, to minimize noise pollution for city residents, the runways are in fact sizeable affairs (both more than three kilometers long) and connected to the mainland by a four-kilometer bridge.
But from the air, this is the best way to get that "Top Gun" feeling on a commercial carrier.
Harstad Airport/Narvik, Norway
On the approach to Harstad/Narvik Airport in the region of Evenes, planes skirt through fjord-land, over frozen lakes and between snow-covered mountains.
Arriving at the settlement of Hammerfest, in the country's extreme northeast, feels like touching down on an ice rink at certain times of the year.
Madeira Airport, Funchal, Portugal
Madeira's international airport looks as if it's been cheating in a tricky-runway competition.
Sandwiched between a steep hillside and the sea, its dramatically short tarmac strip is extended on stilts over the water to make it long enough for a safe touchdown.
Throw in frequent Atlantic turbulence and you've got an arrival dramatic enough to make the calmest passenger reach for the fortified wine.
Malé Airport, Maldives
Malé Airport has looks and drama.
Built on its very own atoll, Hulhulé, the runway is a mere six feet feet above sea level.
After descending over the 26-island Maldives archipelago, undercarriages feel so close to the sea on touchdown it's as if they're skimming along the water.