The World’s Best Airports

May 3rd, 2014 by The JetSetter Team | 2 Comments »

JS0406If you, like Jason Hartman, have done any amount of travel, you’ve probably learned that not all airports are created equal. Some are constantly under construction, some are freezing cold, and some offer a lack of dining options that can be troublesome for the seasoned travel.

If you’re looking for a luxury airport experience, you’ll be happy to know that you aren’t alone. And you’re not without hope, either. For the second consecutive year, Singapore’s Changi Airport has taken the top honors at the World Airport Awards. The awards are based on nominations by 12.85 million customers across 110 nations and include 39 categories which include things like check-in, transfers, arrivals, security, immigration, departure, and shopping.

Changi Airport beat out 410 others for the top spot, thanks to tropical rooftop gardens, movie theaters, free foot massages, and Jacuzzis. The airport is due to expand too, expanding to four terminals, which is expected to double the airport’s capacity. Currently, the airport serves 66 million passengers every year.

Changi is designed to offer sanctuary to wary travelers and isn’t viewed (for good reason) as simply a place of transit. There are butterfly gardens, bamboo gardens, orchid and fern gardens, and a rooftop garden that boasts cacti and sunflowers. There’s an entertainment deck with video games and movie stations, perfect for traveling families. There’s also an aviation gallery and a playground available. If you’re willing to pay a minimal fee, you’ll also have access to a Balinese swimming pool and Jacuzzi, complete with rainforest lounge containing individual rooms that may also be rented for up to six hours.

If you’re going to be stuck at the airport for five hours or more, you’ll be able to take a two hour tour (for free) offered by the airport. The tours cover major area landmarks. With an airport this swanky, why would you ever want to leave?

Should you find yourself in transit though, feel free to check out these other airports which top the list. In second place, South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, in third, Munich Airport. Fourth and fifth place go to Hong Kong International airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Finally, in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth place are Tokyo International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Zurich Airport, Vancouver International Airport, and London Heathrow Airport.

If you’re looking for something a little more domestic, check out Cincinnati, Denver, or San Francisco.

Where are your favorite airports? (photo credit: Mugunth Kumar via photopin cc)

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