I admit it…when we first began traveling internationally a few years ago, I was extremely green behind the ears. I didn’t really know that airports had personalities or that they were made for more than passing through. After all I lived a few miles from IAD so I would exit and come home. Over the course of the past few years I have been fortunate to fly to and through about 10 different international airports. I was curious to see how the airports that I visited stacked up against other airports throughout the world.
I turned to Airport Awards to see which airport was voted number one in the world. It’s an airport that I have visited. Not to keep you in suspense but it was Changi Airport in Singapore. You may wonder what it has that makes it number one. For children it has an indoor playground, a beautiful butterfly garden, an interactive Enchanted Garden, a Family Zone with diaper changing areas, MTV booth and gaming area. If you have a layonver, there are free tours of Singapore with a choice of a Colonial or Cultural Tour. There is also a movie theatre, koi pond, interactive art for the children, horticulture center, orchid garden, a swimming pool (yes, inside the airport is a swimming pool), a sunflower and light garden and so much more.
Second on the list is Incheon Airport in Seoul, Korea. Incheon was number one last year and it shows why it is in the top ten of airports around the world. This spacious airport that is built to let in a lot of natural sun boasts 7 gardens within the airport. There is a .0001% rate of baggage mishandling so you can rest assured that your bags with transit through without any problems. The airport has free wifi, computers for you to use that are free, showers for you to quickly feel refreshed after a long flight, a playroom for children, dry cleaning in case your seat mate spills something on you, a sauna and spa area, 2 movie theaters, an area where you can make traditional Korean crafts. They, like Singapore, also have free transit trips into Seoul for either shopping or visiting historical sites.
A newcomer to the top three airports is Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. It has the world’s first permanent library. It also has an annex of the world famous Rijk Museum in the Museum Annex part of the airport. If you feel like gambling, there is also a casino. Children need to run after being on a plane for a long time so the Dutch built a Childrens Park/Playground just for that purpose. Of course, it has a slower shop where you can buy the famous Dutch Bulbs but if you are planning on bringing them back to the US, make sure that they are of the type that can be imported. The employees at the flower shop will know and most likely they will be in a separate section.
- Features and Facilities offered in the Changi Aiport (travel2sg.wordpress.com)