Princess Juliana International Airport serves the Dutch part of the Sint Maarten (also known as St Martin) islands in the Caribbean. The airport was originally an airstrip before 1943. It was converted to a civilian airport in that year. In 1964 the airport was remodeled and relocated (with a new terminal building and control tower). The airport’s facilities were upgraded in 1985 and 2001. Today it’s one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. In 2007 Princess Juliana International Airport handled more than 1.6 million passengers. The History Channel recently ranked the airport as the 4th most extreme airport in the world. Incoming airplanes approach the island on short final for the runway, following a 3 degree glide slope flying low over the famous Maho Beach. Pictures of low flying aircraft were published in several news magazines worldwide in early 2000. The thrilling approaches and ease of access for shooting spectacular images has made the airport one of the world’s favorite planespotting places. This photo of an Air France jetliner making its approach over Maho beach in St Martin has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 11th of November 2010.
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