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ron kirkland
5th Oct 2003, 03:42
Does anyone know the shortest field any Airbus operaten in and out of on a regular or seasonal basis?

6th Oct 2003, 11:09
Airbus I believe have done trials into Florence for meridiana (A319/A320). Don't know how long it is but in the past they've only operated BAe146's into it.

6th Oct 2003, 11:27
The charter airlines fly them into Skiathos in the Aegean in the summer. Not sure of the exact distances but they can't afford to refuel for the extra weight so stop in Thessaloniki on the return leg. not quite as exciting as seeing the old tristar skimming the water on rotation when they were about!

7th Oct 2003, 00:48
Florence - Amerigo Vespucci Airport LIRQ

05/23 5413 ft


Red Four
29th Nov 2003, 07:50
Heavylift got an A300 in and out of EGMC a couple of times, too!

29th Nov 2003, 13:51
EGMC Southend - 5265 ft 1605m

I remember an old Flight International article about someone taking a 707 in there - noteworthy at the time. Since then, it has been used by a few large aircraft for maintenance. Try http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=439335&WxsIERv=Qm9laW5nIDcwNy0zNzND&WdsYXMg=S29kYSBBaXIgQ2FyZ28%3D&QtODMg=U291dGhlbmQgLSBSb2NoZm9yZCAoU0VOIC8gRUdNQyk%3D&ERDLTkt=VUsgLSBFbmdsYW5k&ktODMp=T2N0b2JlciAxMSwgMjAwMw%3D%3D&BP=1&WNEb25u=QSBKIEJlc3Q%3D&xsIERvdWdsY=OUwtTERV&MgTUQtODMgKE=VGhlIGZpcnN0IHRpbWUgaXQgaGFzIGZsb3duIHNpbmNlIDE 4dGggT0NUIDIwMDEuIFRoZSBjcmV3IGhhZCBhIGxvdCBvZiBmYWl0aCBpbiB 0aGlzIG9sZCBhaXJjcmFmdC4gUHJvYmFibHkgdGhlIGxhc3QgZmxpZ2h0IG9 mIGEgY2l2aWwgNzA3IGF0IFNFTi4%3D&YXMgTUQtODMgKERD=NDMw&NEb25uZWxs=MjAwMy0xMC0xMQ%3D%3D&static=yes for a picture of one leaving.

Mind you, Southend and derring-do seem to go hand in hand. Read more about an ex-EGMC aircraft http://www.tailstrike.com/310392.htm and feel glad that you're sitting on the ground while reading it.

manuel ortiz
30th Nov 2003, 20:55
Santos Dumont is worth mentioning.


Click then over the runway pic to have a better idea.
One thousand two hundred and some meters long from what I remember.

1st Dec 2003, 15:51
Santos Dumont

02R/20L 4341 x 138 feet
1323 x 42 meters
02L/20R 4134 x 98 feet
1260 x 30 meters

3rd Dec 2003, 23:45
Yes,I think santos dumont is the shortest ,operated by airbus and 737 also.You can see sthe tyre marks starting just short of water :) 1300 m flaps 40 and medium-max brake :cool:

6th May 2005, 12:56
This is quite a late reply, but I think it's worth it any way.

TAP and SATA fly A320s to Horta (LPHR) witch has a 1647 meters long runway.

TAP also fly A319s to Pico Island (LPPI) with a 1745 meters long runway

Although not a record they are pretty short and the aircraft are payload restricted coming out of both!


9th May 2005, 14:44
At Star Airlines we operate the A320 to CSK in senegal (Cap Skiring) the rwy lenght is 1400 meters.
Only the Cpt flies the approach, we use max reverses and medium braking

11th May 2005, 09:31
I have seen a large variety of jet aircraft operating in and out of Jersey, EGJJ: 1615m/5298ft.

There are occasional 757s and a few times in the past, I believe, a TriStar. :eek: I'm pretty sure A32xs go in there every now-and-then too.

I used to fly the 737-200/400 there and although it looked a bit shorter than LHR or FRA it actually wasn't a problem if you did a normal landing, touching down at the correct point. You generally could come off on an intermediate taxiway after landing with MED autobrake (2 or 3).

The biggest problem was the regular poor visibility and cloudbase and the 30kt crosswinds which accompanied them. For those that don't know the airfield it's on the top of a cliff on an island in the English Channel, so gets full value out of any approaching warm front...

11th May 2005, 19:30
Of course good old Bristol isn't too long (1876LDA on 27). When the weather's rubbish (often) and you're forced to land on 27 (for the Cat3 capability) with a tailwind in the wet!
We don't use laptops for performance so have had some low QNH specific charts drawn up for the frequent struggle to get enough fuel on for the Larnaca!
Continental are starting a daily New York on the 767, must be half empty!

11th May 2005, 19:38
I thought the BRS-EWR service was to be a 757?

12th May 2005, 00:47
Went into Jersey on the A320, remember 15xx m runway, so undulating that the vsi read +100fpm on TO from 27!!

12th May 2005, 13:51
Can I throw Paro, Bhutan in?

Runway Length: 6562ft (2000m)
Elevation: 7332ft



13th May 2005, 18:37
flyinGuppy This is quite a late reply, but I think it's worth it any way. TAP and SATA fly A320s to Horta (LPHR) witch has a 1647 meters long runway.

Going to Horta:


It's pretty funny for one and scaring for the other, can include lot's of go arounds (no ILS), a temporary diversion to Terceira and a final diversion back to Lisbon. All on an A320. ;-)

13th May 2005, 23:15
Dunno about Airbuses, but look here http://www.flightlevel350.com/search.php?start=0&where=addinfo4&keyword=November%2018,%202002 and click on the pic to watch the video ! (first ever 747 at Bournemouth) - talk about cutting it close !!!! :-)

17th May 2005, 13:38
I think the one in Dibrugarh in the North Eastern section of India to which Ive flown the A320 to is by far the shortest here however there are shorter ones further in the North part of India .... that's about 6000' approx .