We all love dreaming of our next holiday destination – or work layover (if you’re lucky enough to be Cabin Crew!) But how much time do we actually spend thinking about the airports we’ll be flying between?
An airport experience can make or break a trip, whether that be for work or pleasure. We’ve rounded up some of the best airports in the world. Count yourself lucky if you fly these routes!
1. Long Beach Airport (LGB)
And Long Beach has got a pretty great USP too – you can chill out alfresco before your flight at this airport! Breeze through security and then enjoy a glass of wine outside in the sunshine next to the flickering flames of a fire pit. Or you could if you were off-duty, of course!
2. Hong Kong International Airport (ICN)
Major Asian airports seem to manage processes
like customs and security a whole lot better than many other destinations. Hong Kong is a perfect example of excellent hospitality and stress-free logistics.
Plenty of options for some tasty Chinese delicacies or a quick massage as you move through the airport too – which is easy with the range of escalators and airport trains! No need for taxis either thanks to the direct public transport to the city.
3. Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Exotic cuisine and eclectic shopping combine for a properly international vibe. Make time to grab a moment to relax and people-watch while sipping a coffee.
4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
When you’ve got a long flight ahead of you, you need to make sure you’ve eaten, are full of energy and are raring to go. That explains why food is a recurring theme among our top airport picks! Chicago O’Hare doesn’t disappoint! Chocolate, popcorn, cakes, this airport packs a punch when it comes to goodies on offer.
Aside from its culinary delights, Chicago O’Hare is really convenient logistically. There’s a Hilton connected to the airport for layovers (or when flights are delayed or cancelled due to weather. Which happens a LOT in Chicago!) Plus you can get on the subway directly from the airport. Bonus!
5. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Who doesn’t love flowers? Pick up some Thai orchids at Bangkok airport and have them delivered to your home base. For a busy airport, it doesn’t seem hectic, and there are fabulous shopping and relaxation opportunities.
Don’t forget to browse the English titles at the book shop to keep you occupied during longer layovers.
6. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
From splurging on designer accessories and stocking up on cosmetics to grabbing a couple of magazines pre-flight, Heathrow’s got you covered.
7. Incheon International Airport (ICN)
What’s not to love about this airport? It’s modern, state-of-the art and immaculate. Hygiene becomes all important to Cabin Crew who are on their feet working in cramped spaces for long stretches of time. And cleanliness is second to none at Incheon, with immaculate waiting areas and spotless bathrooms.
There’s even a Korean spa and sauna to wash off the stresses of a flight, or soothe the body in preparation for working one!
It’s also easy to navigate (helpful when you’re in a rush and it’s your first time there!). Plus they’ve got their customs process down to a fine art. There’s a huge array of high-end fashion outlets, tech shops and yummy eatables – and who can resist when it’s all duty-free?
8. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Sea-Tac is a great all-rounder airport. It’s a really cool airport to explore: art exhibitions and live music set the scene, there’s a quirky selection of stores to browse if you’ve got the time, and the view from the main terminal is stunning. Take a peek out the window as you take off and you’ll glimpse beautiful Mount Rainier. Importantly, it’s also operationally sound. Sea-Tac somehow manages to avoid weather-related delays and cancellations that often cause headaches at other international hubs. Plus you can make your way into the city from the airport on the direct train.