We may not always notice it because we’d usually just see it when we arrive and leave a certain country, but airports play a very special role for travelers.

Waiting for the plane for a few hours has its advantages, for it will make you explore the airport more—to see its shops, to pass by its hotel-like lounges, to grab a bite to eat at its different restaurants. Here are some of the best airports in the world, based on travelers’ opinions, and The World Airport Awards.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Aside from its very own shopping centre, some of the most notable features of the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the library, a mortuary, and a rooftop viewing area (Schiphol Panoramaterras). You can even hold your wedding here!

source: infobarrel.com

Auckland International Airport

The Auckland airport, the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, has a kind of simplicity that travelers look for. It may not be as fancy as the other airports on this list, but the great thing about it is that it’s always clean and has comfortable sleeping (makeshift or not) for those who need to wait for hours.

source: m.wikitravel.org

Hong Kong International Airport

You must consider this as another HK attraction, for it has a 3D movie theatre, cultural exhibitions, amazing resting lounges, and it’s very own golf course. If you’re leaving Hong Kong, you’d probably want to arrive here hours earlier, for this airport is definitely something else—no wonder it’s considered as the best airport in the world!

source: openbuildings.com

Incheon International Airport

This state-of-the-art airport is no stranger to lists of the world’s best airports, and there’s one thing that travelers truly love about this place: it’s a great airport to sleep in. When you’re in transit and need to doze off  while in Incheon, you will not have any difficulty finding a comfy spot here.

source: en.wikipedia.org

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

This place is best for those on a business trip who need to always have easy access to things such as wifi and secretarial services. To unwind, this airport also has massage centers to ease you off before going on a long flight.

source: picasaweb.google.com

London Heathrow Airport

This United Kingdom airport is a favorite among foodie travelers. It is home to chef Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food restaurant, which serves scrumptious meals. Hate airplane food?  You can replace it by buying the restaurant’s “picnic box” which you could take on board.

source: intechsolutions.uk.com

Munich Airport

As one of Germany‘s busiest airports, this one is a promising place that boasts of hobby-related features. Sports / football fans will love the FC Bayern fan store, which has a wide array of soccer-related stuff to choose from.

source: panoramio.com

Singapore Changi Airport

If you’re in transit for at least five hours, you can go on a Singapore tour for free. You can also take advantage of the airport spa, a rooftop swimming pool, and lots of comfortable areas where you can doze off.

source: antontang.com

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.