Saturday, January 7, 2017

The world's Top 10 Airports of 2016

Changi Airport Singapore
Often awarded the number one airport in the world, Changi Airport Singapore entertains more than 50 million travelers per year.
Get some fresh air at Terminal 1’s rooftop garden, filled with more than 100 species of cacti and succulents, or take a nature walk at either Terminal 2’s Orchid Garden or Terminal 3’s Butterfly Garden. You can also catch a movie at the state-of-the-art theater and decompress at one of the spas or the rooftop pool. For a real layover pick-me-up, take a wild ride down Terminal 3’s four-story slide. (

Munich Airport (Germany)
It’s Oktoberfest every day at Munich Airport, thanks to a roofed-in beer garden and on-site brewery featuring five rotating seasonal beers and three regulars. Complement those hops with a bit of golf at the airport’s mini-golf course, or catch a live event—from polo to volleyball—at the Munich Airport Center. This fall, from September 16 through October 9, the event center will offer travelers the opportunity to surf some artificial waves with its Surf & Style pool producing a 5-foot-tall wave. (

Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya, Japan)
If flying inspires a desire for sky-high thrills, Chubu Centrair International Airport has just the thing: The airport’s 984-foot Sky Deck gives visitors a front-row view of departing planes. After the air show—which is open to travelers both day and night—relax at the traditional Japanese bathhouse for a soothing soak. (

Hong Kong International Airport
Cathay Pacific’s hub, Hong Kong International Airport, has long been known as the standard-bearer for over-the-top lounges. The newly opened Pier First Class Lounge is the airport’s latest upscale endeavor, featuring such relaxing offerings as a spa and nap rooms. More active travelers can venture to the airport’s IMAX theater, its GreenLive AIR golf-course simulator, or its Aviation Discovery Centre offering aviation-themed exhibits and an observation deck. (

Dubai International Airport
To say there are endless shopping options at Dubai International Airport is putting it mildly: Luxury brands like Cartier, Hublot, Montblanc, and Gucci are all available at the airport’s omnipresent Dubai Duty Free shops. If retail therapy proves an unsuccessful remedy for jet lag, the airport’s swimming pool or Zen garden filled with ponds, trees, and benches are sure-fire stress relievers. For a power nap, head to DXB’s SnoozeCubes, soundproof units featuring private beds, touchscreen TVs, and just enough room to store your carry-on luggage. (

Incheon International Airport (South Korea)
Like Seoul itself, Incheon International (ICN) is a shopper’s paradise. The Korean airport is one of the largest duty-free shopping destinations in the world, and includes Louis Vuitton’s first-ever duty-free outlet. ICN is also home to gardens, an ice-skating rink and ice forest, the Cultural Museum of Korea, and a spa. (

Frankfurt Airport (Germany)
The Door to Gate, Gate to Door Service at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) sets the luxury tone before you even step out the door. The luxe chauffeured-limo service whisks travelers from their point of origin to an exclusive security checkpoint, then straight to the gate, bypassing all the trials and tribulations of an airport departure. The VIP service is also available for transfers and arrivals at FRA. (

Helsinki Airport (Finland)
True to Scandinavian style, the Helsinki Airport is a visual treat with installations by local artists, an art gallery, and design shops from iconic Finnish brands like Marimekko. For a taste of local leisure, head to the two-story Finnair Premium Lounge, where you can experience a traditional Finnish sauna at the spa. (

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Everything appears authentically Dutch at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, from the sidewalk-café-style restaurants serving the local delicacy of raw herring to the funky interiors by such Dutch designers as Marcel Wanders and Piet-Hein Eek. Other treats-in-transit include a casino, a mini-Rijksmuseum (reopening this fall), a meditation center, spas, and a library. (

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