Monday, October 6, 2008

Best Airports For a Layover

Changi International Airport

Rightly lauded in reverent tones by many of the 35 million travelers who have passed through it, Singapore’s Changi is what most airports strive to achieve in their services to the weary traveling classes—many of them unsuccessfully. The duty-free Shopping City offers everything from fashion and accessories to fine jewellery and fragrances. It also boasts a fitness center and shower facilities, complimentary Internet and charging facilities and a movie theater. But it’s the small touches that enable Changi to standout: a palm court with comfortable loungers and lily ponds that have massive goldfish.

Hong Kong International Airport

Having replaced the cramped and overtaxed Kai Tak, Hong Kong’s iconic former airport, the new International Airport—located on a man-made island and connected by a high-speed train and a speedy Ferry Transfer service—has become a favorite for travelers. In addition to two sprawling terminals with world-class shopping, it features a 2,000-square-foot lounge with eight shower rooms and nine semi-private rooms for napping. For those who want more time to themselves, there—s the Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong, which features two swimming pools, a manicured courtyard garden and a fitness center with spa facilities, connected to the airport by an air-conditioned gangway.

Dallas Fort Worth

Sprawling over two million square feet and built at a cost of $1.4 billion, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal D brings a touch of European élan to the world’s third-busiest airport. The state-of-the-art, 28-gate terminal features a dozens of shops and upscale eateries, as well as a posh, 298-room Grand Hyatt Hotel. To help liven up its hangar-like spaces, travelers will encounter large sculptures, outsized landscape paintings, multimedia displays and colorful abstract mosaics.

Zurich Airport

Just 15 minutes from the city center by rail, Kloten is often lauded as Europe’s best. The airport features clean dayrooms, a bustling nursery, and (new this year) a slew of eateries and lounges, along with the more than 50 shops and concept stores that have been luring shoppers for years. There’s also a Swiss International Airlines lounge which supposedly features the “world’s longest bar.” Best of all, the airport provides seamless transport links from its basement-level train terminal to any destination in Switzerland, thanks to a rail network that is never, ever late.

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Borneo Falcon said...

I start to love those airports

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Andrew said...

Hello Marc,

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SheR. said...

:) I'm proud to be Singaporean! I love to hang out at our Changi airport!!