Nice cars, private jets, designer clothes, your own personal No-Fly Zone around your sprawling $7-million mansion… Ok, that might not be the case for all famous people, but it is for Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi!

His eco-friendly home is in Gava, a town that’s about 6 miles from Barcelona’s main airport El Prat. And get this: Messi’s estate is preventing the airport from expanding! Add to that the whole “planes are absolutely forbidden from flying over it” thing, and it seems like the soccer superstar is causing a lot of inconveniences!

  • The forward for FC Barcelona lives in an area that’s highly protected by environmental laws. His home happens to be within the perimeter, and one of those guidelines includes noise levels.
  • The airspace is restricted because the sheer volume of aircraft would interfere with the natural wildlife in the area.
  • “No-Fly Zones” help preserve environmentally protected areas. They’re also usually over historical heritage sites with high traffic, regions with known conflict, and sometimes other famous or important people’s houses too.
  • Located in Berkshire, England, Windsor Castle was once a fort built during the 11th century by William the Conqueror. It’s right up there with Buckingham Palace as far as having the status of a national treasure.
  • Machu Picchu is one of the most famous historical sanctuaries on this planet. As such, Peruvian authorities can’t risk disturbing the World Heritage Site or the wildlife living around it.
  • For Tibet, the flight restriction is all about passenger safety. The region isn’t just home to the tallest mountain in the world, the mighty Everest, it’s also covered in peaks!
  • Andorra is the largest country in the world that doesn’t have an airport. It is, however, home to three heliports.
  • Monaco also has a heliport instead of an airport. If you want to fly in by chopper, you’ll be landing at the Monaco Heliport in Fontvieille.
  • Keeping with its European counterparts, people living in Vatican City would need to go to Rome for their flight. Not a major inconvenience – Vatican City is located within Rome, after all!
  • As the largest country in the world, it might come as no surprise that all territory of Russia is sprinkled with loads of airports – 1,218 of them to be precise.
  • Of the country’s 1,714 air hubs, Mexico City International Airport was the busiest in 2018. They helped 47 million travelers get to and from their destination!
  • Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America whose territory is mostly made up of the Amazon Rainforest hosts 4,093 airports.
  • The United States has 14,712 airports! Specifically, the busiest one in the US is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Hold onto your hats: just in 2018, it served over 107 million passengers!



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