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What are the world's 'most thrilling' airports?

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Sea Ice Runway, Antarctica: Airfarewatchdog.com says: "Unpaved and a chance the ice could crack under the weight of a plane." Credit: Flickr/Alan R. Light

(USA TODAY) -- Deal-tracking site Airfarewatchdog.com thinks it has come up with the answer, compiling a list of what it calls the 10 "most thrilling" airports across the globe.

Some airports make the list for white-knuckle landings while others are there for their unusual juxtaposition with surrounding communities.

Read below for the Airfarewatchdog list - complete with the site's explanation for each airport's inclusion.

Sea Ice Runway, Antarctica
Airfarewatchdog says: "Unpaved and a chance the ice could crack under the weight of a plane."

Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar
Airfarewatchdog says: "A major highway runs through the runway."

Madeira Airport, Portugal
Airfarewatchdog says: "Sharp turns and bumpy rides make for scary landings."

Qambo Bamda Airport, Tibet
Airfarewatchdog says: "Runway is 14,000 feet above sea level and landings are difficult."

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island
Airfarewatchdog says: "No room for error when landing here - go too far and you're in the ocean."

Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
Airfarewatchdog says: "Closed in 1998, planes flew low over Hong Kong and were forced to take a hard right to land."

Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho
Airfarewatchdog says: "Located on a cliff, planes drop down the side before they start flying but most flights consist of medical and charity teams so leisure travelers can breathe a sigh of relief."

Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail, Colo.
Airfarewatchdog says: "Poor weather, high approaches and terrain make this airport a challenge for the most experienced pilot."

Narsarauq Airport, Greenland
Airfarewatchdog says: "Greenland's Narsarauq Airport is a traveler's nightmare. Planes approach the runway through a fjord and need to make a 90-degree turn to line up on the runway."

Ketchikan International Airport, Ketchikan, Alaska
Airfarewatchdog says: "The awfully short runway is close to mountains and the ocean, which drops to freezing temperatures."

Readers, what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Think others should have made the list? Share your thoughts via the comments section.

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