Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) is famed for its dramatic cliff-top setting and shortest commercial runway in the world at 400m.
There are a few flights each day, however I had limited time and it is a quite a steep and pricey ride up and down the island so could not squeeze in a dedicated plane spotting trip.
Instead, perhaps foolishly, I checked in for my departing flight, cleared immigration (they have you stay in the lobby anyway) and then scampered up the road and onto the hill overlooking the runway. I knew that WinAir immediately turns the plane, with departing passengers boarding the moment arrivals are off, so I balanced viewpoint with what I thought I could sprint back down to the airport.
I got this video, then dashed, backpack in tow, through the scrub. Oh my goodness prickly pear cactii hurt. I staggered down to the terminal with spines still in my legs and droplets of blood forming. That was after taking a nasty tumble on Mt Scenery early that morning. The passengers had already boarded and looked at me in disbelief.
But I got this video.
In this series:
- Northern Caribbean Island Hopping Itinerary
- St Maarten – Caribbean Vice
- Video – Maarten Airport Golf Cart Tarmac Transfer
- St Martin – The Quiet Side
- Anguilla – Discretion Island
- Saba – Kong Island of the Caribbean
- Video: Landing at Saba Airport, Shortest Commercial Runway in the World
- St Barth’s – Gorgeous People, Pricey Hamburgers
- St Kitts – Plantation Splurge and Mega Fortress
- Nevis – Is An Hour Enough?