Countries without airports: One of the preferred modes of transport for some people is air transport, all over the world.
It guarantees the individual mobility of people and promotes international understanding and cultural exchange. Did you know that there are countries in the world that do not have airports? Check which ones below:
1 – VATICAN
The Vatican City is a sovereign microstate located in Rome. It is the smallest microstate in the world in terms of land area and population. It is situated on the west bank of the River Tiber.
St. Peter’s Basilica is the most imposing building that was built in the 4th century and rebuilt in the 16th century. It is erected over the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle, which is the second largest religious building in Christendom.
The Pope’s residence is the Vatican Palace within the city walls. It is a state [theoretically] under the rule of the Pope. It has its own telephone system, post office, gardens, astronomical observatory, radio station, banking system and pharmacy, in addition to a contingent of Swiss guards, which since 1506 has been responsible for the Pope’s personal security.
It doesn’t even have an airport, but it does have a helipad that is used by city officials and heads of state. The nearest airports are Rome-Ciampino Airport and Rome-Fiumicino Airport in Italy.
2 – LIECHTENSTEIN
Liechtenstein is a Western European principality that is located between Switzerland and Austria. Its capital is Vaduz, and it is one of the smallest countries in Europe. Its highest peak is Grauspitz.
Its climate is mild and is greatly affected by the warm south wind called the foehn. It has a remarkable variety of vegetation. Liechtenstein is a constitutional monarchy. Your head of state is the prince. It has no natural resources of commercial value and all raw materials, including wood, must be imported.
The Swiss franc is its currency, it joined a customs union with Switzerland in 1923. Liechtenstein does not have an airport, but it has a network of excellent roads that connect it to its neighbours.
The railway is part of the Paris-Vienna express route which passes through the northern sections of the country and has a helipad at Balzers.
3 – ANDORRA
The capital of Andorra is Andorra la Vella, and it is a small independent European country. It is situated between the southern peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains. To the north and east it is bordered by France and to the south and west by Spain. It is also one of the smallest states in Europe. It consists of a cluster of mountain valleys, and their streams come together to form the Valira River.
The Madriu and the Perafita are two of these streams that flow into the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley.
In 2004, the valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its official language is Catalan. In addition, Spanish and French are also spoken. Its institutions are based on Catalan law.
Most Spanish immigrants or their descendants in Andorra are Catalan. Most Andorrans are Roman Catholics. Andorra has three heliports but no airport.
The nearest airports in Spain include Andorra-La Seu d’Urgell Airport, which is 12 km away, Lleida-Alguaire Airport, Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Girona-Costa Brava Airport. In France, the closest airports include Carcassonne Airport, Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport and Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. There is no rail system in Andorra, but good road connections connect it to France and Spain.
In 1997, the University of Andorra was created. Andorra concluded a currency agreement in July 2011 with the European Union that made the euro its official currency, although the Andorra government has not been given the power to issue its own euro banknotes.
4 – MONACO
Monaco is one of the most luxurious tourist resorts in the world. It is located along the Mediterranean Sea, in the middle of the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera) resort area.
Several visitors came to enjoy the beaches and nautical facilities. International sports car racing and the world-famous Place du Casino, which serves as the gaming hub in the Monte-Carlo section, have made the city an international synonym for the extravagant display and distribution of wealth.
Monaco does not have an airport, but it does have a helipad in the district of Fontvieille. The nearest airport is in France, called Nice Cote d’Azur airport. Monaco’s main industry is tourism and its official language is French.
5 – SAN MARINO
Its capital is San Marino, and it is a small republic situated on the slopes of Monte Titano. After the Vatican and Monaco, it is the smallest independent state in Europe.
Monte Titano and the historic center of San Marino, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The official language is Italian.
The country’s main resources are industry, tourism, commerce, agriculture and handicrafts. San Marino replaced the Italian lira with the euro as the national currency in 2002. Tourism is a major contributor to the inhabitants’ income.
The roads connect San Marino with the neighboring regions of Italy. The city of San Marino is connected with Rimini, in Italy, and, in summer, directly with the Adriatic coast through bus services. It also doesn’t have an airport, but it does have a heliport at Borgo Maggiore and a smaller airfield.
Federico-Fellini airport in Italy is the closest. There is no railway, but the capital can be reached from Borgo Maggiore by cable car.