Combining uniqueness, functionality, stunning architecture and luxurious facilities, these airports provide a great travel experience even before you have boarded your flights.
Changi International Airport, Singapore
Opened: 1981 (Terminal 3 opened in 2008)
Designed by: Moshe Safdie
Facilities: 18-foot waterfall, a huge indoor playground, a movie theater, TV lounges, outdoor swimming pool
Three years in a row, Singapore’s Changi has been crowned the world’s best airport. Not less than an amusement park, Singapore’s airport terminals are widely considered to be the most fun you can have in an airport, and each one has its own attractions. The airport has been applauded for its stunning architecture, luxurious amenities, fine dining and shopping options. Terminal 3’s automatic light modulation system gives the airport a unique soothing experience.
Beijing International Airport
Designed by: Fosters + Partners
Facilities: dressing room, Kid activity zone
Opened for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing International Airport was designed to induce the image of a dragon, and the color combinations used was the traditional Chinese red and yellow. The runway which is almost two miles long, simply leaves you in awe as you approach from the sky. This fascinating color-coding of the ceilings was specially designed to let sunlight in during the day
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Designed by: Kisho Kurokawa
Facilities: free Wi-Fi, free showers, luxurious services at Plaza Premium Lounge, shopping
There’s something incredibly amazing about cruising through the chaos beneath a light-speckled wooden-slat ceiling, held up by a series of tapered beams. One of Asia’s major aviation hubs, the airport has been thrice voted the world’s best airport with 15-20 million passenger per year. Surrounded by ample greenry, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is designed in such manner that the adage proves correct ‘the forest in the airport, airport in the forest.
Dubai International Airport
Opened: 1960 (Terminal 3 opened in 2013)
Designed by: Paul Andreu
Facilities: drawing and reading room, game zone, special smoking zone, children’s room
It’s difficult to use the word beautiful to describe the Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. The 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, it is also the busiest hub for the Airbus A380. When it will be fully completed (work on Terminal 3 is still in progress), the Dubai International Airport will be the largest in the world with its five runways and four terminals, with a maximum capacity of handling over 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo every year.
Hong Kong International Airport
Designed by: Foster and Partners
Facilities: golf course, leisure and entertainment facilities with gardens
Home to country’s largest IMAX theatre, Hong Kong International Airport was built on an artificial island off the coast of Hong Kong. One of the busiest airports in Asia, It has become one of the most popular for luxurious facilities in the world, since it opened in 1998. Before leaving the airport, be sure to play around at the SkyCity Nine Eagles golf course near Terminal 2.
Munich Airport, Germany
Opened: 1992 (Terminal 2 set to open in 2016)
Designed by: Koch Partners and PLP Architecture
Facilities: shopping malls, luxury hotels and business areas, mini golf and artificial beach
Located northeast of downtown Munich, the Munich Airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe and the second busiest airport in Germany, in terms of passengers. With over 150 retail stores and 50 places to drink and eat, Munich Airport is like a city center that allows travelers plenty to see and do.
Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea
Opened: March 2001
Designed by: Fentress Architects
Facilities: traditional Korean bathhouse, free internet cafes and Korean Museums
Don’t judge how it looks from the outside, Incheon International Airport of Seoul is not only efficient and welcoming, but has also been awarded for its well organization and a dress-up area. The airport which intends to showcase the Korean culture; has a roofline that emulates a traditional Korean temple, and the arrival area is lined with Korean artifacts over 5,000 years old, and also has an indoor garden.
Carrasco International Airport, Uruguay
Designed by: Rafael Viñoly
Facilities: ATM, free Wi-Fi, VIP Lounge
This incredible airport evokes the sweeping 1960s-era glamour, is located in the quiet, pleasant and well-off South American country of Uruguay. With a grand terrace overlooking the runways and arrival, the façade when seen from the front looks like a whale’s mouth. This isn’t a busy airport, and is designed to handle 4.5 million passengers a year.
Marrakech Menara Airport, Morocco
Designed by: E2A Architecture
Facilities: Luxurious lounge, a prayer room, duty-free shops selling tobacco, perfumes and more
A great blend of traditional and modernized Islamic architecture, the dramatic Terminal 1 of Marrakech Menara Airport is the most beautiful airport in Marrakech. From the outset, it appears like a Moroccan palace with its classic Islamic linear structure. The lounge inside also shows 19th century Moroccan luxury with chandeliers, rugs and a huge metal dome.
Abu Dhabi International Airport
Designed by: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Facilities: Sleep pods, stores, cultural outlets and indoor gardens, museum to show Emirates culture
A masterpiece of light and one of the fastest growing airport hubs, Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Middle East catering to over 9 million passengers every year. Praised for its architecture and sleeping pods, its new Midfield Terminal is set to open in 2017.