Take to the skies – whether taking off, landing, or in transit, here is the guide to the global picks on ground. Inspired by Skytrax, the leader in air transport research, well known for distributing the “Oscars of the Aviation Industry”, we have included some highlights of our own research for your review.
1. Singapore Changi Airport
The South Asian airport shines as the world’s best airport for the third time in a row. The airport boasts impressive attractions, such as the world’s first airport butterfly garden, Singapore’s tallest slide, the Fish Spa, a Balinese inspired rooftop pool, entertainment lounges, a free cinema theatre and an open-air sunflower garden, offering its visitors a one of a kind experience. The airport itself is a hub for more than 100 airlines with routes to around 300 cities in 80 countries worldwide.
Munich Airport holds its position as number two in the world’s best airports for the second time in a row. Staying true to its Bavarian roots, the airport has its very own brewery and beer garden called “Airbraeu”. Art lovers can visit the “in-house” gallery, which features Munich’s upcoming artists. Parents will be glad to know that Munich Airport is especially child friendly with kids’ corners scattered across the terminals to keep them entertained.
Targeting 44 destinations on the Chinese Mainland alone, the former winner of multiple prestigious World Airport Awards, this airport is one of the busiest hubs worldwide with many attractions worth visiting. The airport is home to an Imax theatre for a multi-sensory cinematic experience. Roaming around the terminals, one will discover monthly changing exhibitions. Hong Kong International Airport has a rich program of cultural events including musicals and concerts.
At the world’s fourth most popular airport, one can experience Japan’s innovative culture. Thanks to its employed work-assist robots, the airport has been dubbed the second cleanest airport of 2015. The airport, formerly known as Tokyo International Airport, also hosts a restaurant that doubles as planetarium where one can enjoy a meal underneath twinkling stars.
5. Zurich Airport
Switzerland’s biggest airport is one of the world’s most accessible hubs for public transportation. Zurich Airport’s biggest attraction is its observation deck, with the world’s first observation walkway, allowing visitors to watch the pilots in the cockpit. The sleek and easy to understand architectural design of the airport lets its visitors navigate easily from the shopping facilities to the terminals.