Video: Landing at Saba Airport, Shortest Commercial Runway in the World

Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) is famed for its dramatic cliff-top setting and shortest commercial runway in the world at 400m.

WinAir operates the only scheduled service on their fleet of DHC-6 Twin Otter 300.

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.

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  • Tom

    It was worth it. You inspire the rest of us. Thank you.

  • Lively

    Loved the vid! Thanks for taking cacti thorns!

  • Great video. Way to take one for the team.

    One of the best drinks in the carribean is named after this little island, the drink is called Saba Baby – look it up if you don’t know.

  • guera

    Wonder what the safety record is here?

  • dale m

    great little video, great little adventure and tale. Why we travel !!

  • Howie

    Great video!

  • Very nice! I really want to visit this island. It has captivated my imagination 10 years ago, and I couldn’t get it out of my head since. For now, I’ll be content to live vicariously through your crazy travels!

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  • @leana from Milesforfamily – it was my favorite stop on that trip, right out of Kong Island. Prices are a bit high compared to neighbors and many accommodations are rather basic and still pricey, so it is not for everyone.

  • Lauren

    Good for you! Thanks for doing that to bring us this great video. I enjoy your reports.

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