Constantly delayed flights, stressed travelers trying to make it to their gates on time, anxious people who are afraid to fly but have to, and professionals who try to look as calm and collected as possible but just aren’t, long gone are the days when dapper pilots strode through the airport with two sexy stewardesses on each arm. However, in the era of the fast and the convenient there are still airports that promise to offer their travelers glimpses of the heyday of flying with their various luxuries and comfort services. Here are the 25 Best Airports In The World That Are A Unique Experience.
Skytrax recently awarded Melbourne Airport for having the best airport hotel in the Australia/Pacific region at the World Airport Awards. It was ranked the forty-third best airport in 2012 and climbed to the twenty-fifth position this year. Additionally, it reached thirty million passengers for the first time in 2013.
R. Tambo International Airport
R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, South Africa, near Johannesburg. It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to and from South Africa and is Africa’s busiest airport, with a capacity to handle up to twenty-eight million passengers annually with nonstop flights to all continents except Antarctica.
Cologne Bonn Airport is the international airport of Germany’s fourth-largest city, Cologne, and also serves the former German capital of Bonn. With close to nine million passengers per year, it is the seventh-largest passenger airport in Germany and the second largest in terms of cargo operations. As of March 2015, Cologne Bonn features flights to 115 destinations in thirty-five countries. It was christened after Konrad Adenauer, the first postwar chancellor.
Hamad International Airport
Hamad International is the airport for Doha, the capital city of Qatar, replacing the former Doha International Airport. Formerly known as New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Hamad International opened last year with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from Doha International.
Sydney Airport is both the longest continuously operated commercial airport and oldest commercial international airport in the world, and the busiest airport in Australia, handling about thirty-five million passengers per year.
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Brisbane Airport is the primary international airport serving Brisbane and southeast Queensland. It is the third-busiest Australian airport by aircraft movements. The airport serves twenty-six airlines flying to forty-two domestic and twenty-eight international destinations, leading to more than 21.8 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2013.
Kuala Lumpur International
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Malaysia’s main international airport and one of the major airports of Southeast Asia. Built at an astonishing cost of $3.5 billion in the Sepang district of Selangor, it is the largest and busiest airport in Malaysia. In 2014, it handled nearly forty-nine million passengers and 753,899 tons of cargo. It is the world’s twentieth-busiest airport by total passenger traffic, thirteenth busiest by international passenger traffic, and twenty-eighth busiest by cargo traffic.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located about nineteen kilometers north of the capital of Finland. The airport hosts over 12.8 million passengers each year and is the fourth-busiest Nordic airport. The airport is divided into two terminals and linked by an internal pedestrian connection. Over fifty airlines have flights from North America, Europe, and Asia.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is located in Dayuan, Taiwan, fifty kilometers from the capital of Taipei. The airport is in the top thirty busiest airports in Asia and hosts over twenty-five million passengers each year. Over thirty-five airlines serve the airport with flights throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.
Copenhagen Airport is located eight kilometers southeast of Copenhagen, Denmark, in the township of Kastrup. Scandinavia’s main airport, Copenhagen is Europe’s fifteenth-busiest airport and transports 21.5 million passengers each year. Air-rail trains link the airport with the Central Railway Station in downtown Copenhagen.
Auckland International Airport
Auckland Airport is a major airline hub in New Zealand and there are many domestic and international destinations for visitors to continue on to. It is by far the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, with 15,231,802 passengers moving through it in 2014.
Narita International Airport
Narita International, also known as Tokyo Narita Airport, formerly and originally known as New Tokyo International Airport, serves the Greater Tokyo area. It is located approximately sixty kilometers (thirty-seven miles) east of central Tokyo and as of 2013 was the second-busiest passenger airport in Japan (after Haneda Airport), and was the tenth-busiest air-freight hub in the world.
Frankfurt Airport is a major international airport located in Germany’s fifth-largest city, and one of the world’s leading financial centers. The airport covers an area of 4,942 acres (7.722 sq mi) and features two passenger terminals with a capacity of approximately sixty-five million passengers per year, four runways, and extensive logistics and maintenance facilities. It is by far the busiest airport per passenger traffic in Germany and the third-busiest in Europe after Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Kansai International Airport
Kansai International Airport is situated fifty kilometers from the center of Osaka. It is easily accessible by road, railway, and high-speed ferry and is considered one of the best airports in all Asia.
Vancouver International Airport
Vancouver International Airport is Canada’s second-busiest airport. It was built in 1930 after the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh remarked that Vancouver had “no fit field to land on.” Since then Vancouver has built an airport that provides a strategic location for routes between Asia and North America and, after a successful 2010 Winter Olympics, a popular tourist destination.
Beijing Capital International Airport is the main airport serving Beijing. In 2008 it became the second-largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, and the sixth-largest building in the world by area, by adding Terminal 3 for the Olympic Games. It has been the world’s second-busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic since 2010.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands, located a few miles southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. It is the fifth-busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers and is considered one of the ten best in the world.
Heathrow is a major international airport in London. It is the busiest airport in the UK and the busiest in Europe in terms of passenger traffic. Heathrow is also the third-busiest airport in the world per total passenger traffic with an estimated seventy-five million passengers each year.
Central Japan International
Also known as Chubu Centrair International Airport, Central Japan International serves the city of Nagoya and Japan’s central Chubu region. The highlight of this airport is undoubtedly the 4th Floor Sky Town Shopping Center, accessible to the general public, with sixty-one shops and restaurants.
Zurich Airport is located in Zurich, Switzerland, and is the twelfth busiest airport in Europe with over twenty-two million passengers. Located approximately eleven kilometers north of the city center, the Swiss Federal Railways train takes only fifteen minutes to get to Zurich Hauptbahnhof (the main train station). Centrally located, Zurich is home to many worldwide financial institutions and situated on the shores of Lake Zurich, appealing to both business and leisure travelers.
Tokyo International Haneda
Haneda Airport is the operations hub for five major airlines: Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, and Skynet Asia Airways. It is located in Ota, Tokyo, fourteen kilometers south of Tokyo Station, the heart of Tokyo’s transport system. It’s the best airport in Japan and currently in the top five for the world.
Hong Kong International
Hong Kong International Airport has been commercially operational since 1998, replacing the former Kai Tak Airport, and is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub, and gateway for destinations in mainland China (with forty-five destinations) and the rest of Asia. The airport is currently the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the world’s busiest passenger airports.
Munich Airport is like a huge shopping mall, and the two terminals are connected by a large courtyard. There is easy and close access between the two, with no trams or other public transportation needed. It’s currently ranked as the best airport in the western hemisphere and the third best in the world.
Incheon International Airport
Seoul’s Incheon International Airport opened in March 2001 and has been winning many prestigious awards ever since, along with praise for its excellence, down to the littlest detail, with some people even commenting on the beauty of the lights at night reflecting on the moored aircrafts. It is the second-busiest airport in the world in terms of cargo and freight and one of the busiest in terms of international passengers.
Singapore Changi Airport, or simply Changi Airport, opened for the first time in 1981 and since then has been Singapore’s primary civilian airport, and one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is currently considered the world’s best airport and has won over fifty international awards in the past twenty-five years.