Airports aren’t known for their welcoming atmosphere, architecture or comfort. Whether it’s because of a delayed flight or layover, any extended stay at an airport can make or break holiday or business trip. But no longer! We’ve travelled the world to bring you our definitive list of the ‘Top 5 Best Airports in the World’ for business and pleasure.
1. Amsterdam Schipol Airport
Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports and a global hub for international transfers. Recently named ‘Best European Airport’ by Skytrax, Schipol’s superfast check-in, excellent customer service as well as its library, casino and relaxing spa let you start your holiday before you even arrive at your destination.
2. Hong Kong International Airport
Welcoming over 53 million passengers last year, Hong Kong International is one of Asia’s busiest airports. Recently recognised as the best airport for baggage delivery, cleanliness and shopping, a layover at Hong Kong International need not be a hectic experience. It also has an amazing array of amenities; passengers can relax on its nine-hole golf course or enjoy a fabulous meal at some of the world’s best restaurants, all in the airport’s pristine surroundings.
3. Munich Airport
Winning numerous design awards, Germany’s second largest airport is an architectural and artistic delight. With world-renowned art and sculpture, Munich airport is a ‘destination airport’ for art lovers, its incredible glass-and-steel front, making it feel spacious and open. The airport also boasts great restaurants, shopping and even its own microbrewery!
4. Incheon International Airport
South Korea’s second busiest airport, Incheon International, is renowned for its fantastic international business services, efficient check-in and immigration. However, it’s the airport’s innovative design that has struck architectural gurus worldwide. Despite being the country’s largest building, this arc-shaped airport still has a warm and welcoming feel with fantastic views from its pioneering lounges and rest areas.
5. Singapore Changi Airport
Recently named ‘Best world airport 2014,’ Changi airport was specifically designed to relieve the strains and stresses of travel. The airport prides itself on its incredible leisure amenities and services with its outdoor pool, butterfly garden, cinema, spa and even a four-storey high slide! With fast security checks, beautiful décor and pristine lounges, Changi is the place where you can actually enjoy a layover!