WATCH:Boeing 747 Jet Blast Blowing People Away At Princess Juliana Int. Airport
Boeing 747 Low Landing & Jet Blast At Princess Juliana International Airport
Princess Juliana Airport in Saint Maarten is the most famous Airport in the Caribbean island. It has a runway that is only 2,179 meters long, which is very short considering the large aircraft that land there requires more than 2,500 meters to ensure a safe landing and takeoff .
The airport was initially built for smaller planes, but the booming tourist industry has brought A340s and 747s into the regular traffic rotation.
Apart from the short runway, it is very famous for its closeness to the beach, which sees giant aircrafts land within spitting distance of sunseekers and planespotters.
This placement often results in large and loud gusts of wind and sand to those enjoying the crystal blue water as shown in the video above .
In 2015, the airport handled 1,829,543 passengers and around 60,000 aircraft movements.