Tegucigalpa from Above

Tegucigalpa, Honduras hosts an airport not far from the city center. It's a difficult geography for laying a runway, as the city is in the bowl of a valley and serious hills lurk on every side.

The sole runway at TGU is 7096ft long, at an altitude of 1004m. It's a technically challenging airport to land in, especially for narrowbody passenger jets that are scheduled daily. The Continental 737-700 I left in provided the most dramatic landing of the three US jets that arrived that afternoon, using just 4010ft of pavement before turning at the taxiway in front of the terminal. To put that in perspective, a Dash 8 (known for short runway performance) typically requires a 3600ft field.


Post a Comment