Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2000.
(Google Earth Placemark)
Basic Airstrip, Corn Island, Nicaragua
In the simplest cases, a commercial airport is a dirt strip that can accommodate small propeller planes (the above plane is a Cessna 208 Caravan that can sit 9 passengers). In the case of Corn Island the airstrip spans the whole width of the Island, so it is unlikely that it could handle much larger planes. The "terminal" is a cabin where tickets are sold and where passengers can wait, since the schedule tends to be flexible. Passengers are often responsible to bring their own luggage by the side of the plane. This type of service is very common within archipelagos, such as in the Caribbean.