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Best International Airports - The Top 7 International Airports 2014

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Melinda

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The Top 7 International Airports 

Who Knew Spending Time At The Airport Could Be So Much Fun.

As a world traveler I spend a lot of downtime in International airports. From layovers to only arriving and departing, this list shows you which international airports go well beyond just having good duty free. If you know what’s available at your destination/layover ahead of time, you can utilize that time to have a lot of fun.

7. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK):  Beijing Capital is the busiest airport in Asia and the second busiest in the world - so busy in fact that they are building another airport, the size of New York's JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports combined. That’s sounds more like an amazing village to me. From English speaking ATM’s to spas, your pretty well pampered and covered for all your layover or pre-boarding needs. Also if you go to the customer service desk, they will give you a passcode for free Wi-Fi.

6. Tokyo International Airport - Haneda (HND): Giving the nearby Narita Airport a run for it’s money, Haneda is closer to downtown Tokyo, and is practically one big shopping and dining mall that you happen to fly in and out of. With state of the art stores and eateries, it brings takes window shopping to a whole new level.  

5.  Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS): If New York is the city that never sleeps, well this one’s the airport that never sleeps. With most of the fun activities and entertainment being found at Holland Boulevard (Yes that’s inside the airport) you can play your hand at the casino, play a baby grand piano to a crowd of passengers, or be a mixologist for a moment and create your own Amsterdam themed cocktails and drink them. Now it’s not all a nightlife themed party here – there’s also the Rijksmuseum that contains Danish art dating back to the 17th century, and a reference library focused on Dutch culture.

4. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): As the first airport to have a Tiffany & Co. store, that’s just one element to how chic this airport is. Architecturally sound, it offers a lot of fun activities for people of all ages. Tee up at the 9-hole golf course, or watch a movie at the 4-D projection screen - a 360-seat theater, that uses special effects such as wind, fog, water spray, and bubbles to completely immerse yourself in the experience. A great way to get physical before a long flight is to hit the i-sports arcade for a few rounds of full-body, computer-simulated sports like soccer, boxing, basketball, or skiing.

3. Munich International Airport (MUC): As an architectural dream, Germany's second-busiest airport is very easy on the eyes. Above the long Lufthansa check-in desk, is an art gallery showcasing the talents of Munich-based artists that you won’t see anywhere else. With a casino, spas, an observation deck of the runway and an Audi showroom, there’s enough sightseeing & fun activities for 2 days in the airport alone.  In winter there’s an outdoor ice-skating and curling rink.

2. Incheon International Airport (ICN): As the largest airport in South Korea, it’s rather young only having opened in 2001.  But youth was is not a factor when it comes to Awards. Its one of three airports to receive a five-star overall rating from Skytrax, and for 7 years was rated the worlds top airport by Airports Council International. If you don’t have time to get outside of the airport, it houses a Korean Museum of Culture for artistic pleasure. The highest-ranking points go to cleanliness, Internet access, views, and gourmet local food choices.

1. Singapore Changai Airport (SIN): Designed to alleviate the stress of travel, this is the crème-de-la-crème of airports. If I have a long layover this is hands down where I want to be. From movie theatres, spas & showers, to an outdoor pool and a butterfly garden, it pretty much has enough entertainment to keep you occupied.  And if you are in the mood for a thrill ride, there’s a four-story slide too.

 

 

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