Wednesday, December 2, 2015

roatan international airport

I recently sought and received special permission to visit the control tower at Roatan International Airport (RTB). The tower sits on a hill just behind the airport facilities. Its location affords it a nearly complete view of the entire length of the seaside runway. According to Wikipedia, "the airport resides at an elevation of 12 m (39 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 07/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,395 by 45 meters (7,858 ft × 148 ft)." While still rather rare landings, the flight traffic controllers said that the airport's runway is capable of handling aircraft as large as the Boeing 767-200ER. Flights using these large aircraft have been dual-destination charter operations from Europe that offload the bulk of their passengers -- and cargo weight -- in Cancun, Mexico or La Havana, Cuba and then finalize their transatlantic hauls in Roatan.

Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

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