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Airports You Found Amazing

I am interested in information about airports around the world.  Since you are an expat I am sure you have been in a few of them. Can you please help me by answering a few questions?

1.  Have you had a WOW experience at an airport? Where? What was that experience and what made it so out-of-the-ordinary? (service, furniture, signage, amenities, art, etc)

2.  Waiting for your flight can be tiring and boring. What do you normally do while you wait? What could the airport offer you to feel WOW while you wait?

3.  What comes to your mind when you think about an airport? 5 words

4.  In your opinion, what is the best airport in the world? Why?

Thank you so much!

It is hard to "wow" me, especially at the airport. :) The most comfortable I have had pleasure to visit is Changi in Singapore, but that should not be a surprise as it has been repeatedly voted for #1 in the world. What I especially liked is that they don't have a central security check line (leading to long queue and crowds), but a separate security check at each gate. This makes the whole experience a lot more relaxed. Not sure how this would work elsewhere from the security perspective, but it obviously works for them.

While I wait I usually stare at people staring at their phones.

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.

Hello JadeRiver,

Here is a application where you can consult practical information on the main airports around the world  :cheers:

Aldo

Ah thanks but I was looking for a more personal perspective.

I've been to few airports only so I can only share a few.

1) Given that my visit to airports are limited, I'd say Dubai & Singapore Airport.

Dubai - I was with Emirates Airlines on my first time here so it was in Terminal 3 Arrivals. It was the gold panels and the super high ceiling that I found amazing.

Singapore - Changi airport. The floors are fully carpeted and the whole place is just  immaculately clean. This is a wow factor because airport is usually busy with people coming from anywhere. You can entertain yourself looking at the Botanical areas. It's like a mini forest inside the airport.

2) When I travel I bring my kindle with me so I read while I wait. Also, go online and both airports provide fast internet.

3) People, smell, children, duty-free's, wifi

4) For now, I can't tell yet.


Dee

Dee,

Thank you so much taking time to reply.  Your answers are very helpful.

Airports are, above all, functional spaces that serve a purpose - nobody raves about and ranks bus stops or train stations, so why airports?
That said, I had several "Wow" moments in airports, both in positive and negative ways. The only airport I would rate worth a visit even when not flying is, of course, Singapore's Changi. The worst I've seen were in the USA, closely followed by some in Europe (e.g. Heathrow).
I prefer small, regional airports for quicker access and the lack of "herd of cattle" feelings.

"I prefer small, regional airports for quicker access and the lack of "herd of cattle" feelings."

Hi beppi,

I propose to you Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.
Is a regional airport where there is only one boarding gate  :cool:

beppi :

The worst I've seen were in the USA, closely followed by some in Europe (e.g. Heathrow).
I prefer small, regional airports for quicker access and the lack of "herd of cattle" feelings.

Really, the worst? Which airports where those that you actually visited?

romaniac :
beppi :

The worst I've seen were in the USA, closely followed by some in Europe (e.g. Heathrow).
I prefer small, regional airports for quicker access and the lack of "herd of cattle" feelings.

Really, the worst? Which airports where those that you actually visited?

Never used Coventry airport. There was no waiting room as such. Check in were a couple of metal huts. It closed down in 2009. It should never have opened up for commercial flights in the first place.

This kinda' got off track didn't it.  After being on this forum for awhile I told my friend this would happen.

Thanks to those who have given thoughtful responses to the questions.  Keep them coming.

I have travelled a lot and I don’t find any airports interesting. It’s a matter of it you belong to any of the clubs. Lufthansa has a very nice club but no airport is fun to sit in. I am not sure why anyone would ask this question.

Dubai.

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