I‘ve experienced many an airport layover and there are really only two types of airports in my book–those that cut it and those that don’t. Except of course, if one is biding time at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul or Singapore’s Changi International, two airports that fly high above the competition in terms of amenities and design. Both are so splendid as far as airports go that they make me actually WANT to have a layover!
Incheon’s international terminal is a wonder of airport entertainment. A movie theater, ice skating rink, jimjilbang (a Korean style sauna) and the ultimate in chic shopping options await travelers battling long layovers in the Korean capital. Toss in the free wifi (a must these days at airports if you ask me) and this airport is easily a chicest contender. Downside? Unless you like soju or beer, this airport is severely lacking in the cocktail-between-flights department.
Meanwhile, Singapore is another brand of airport excellence. The free foot massage chairs alone make this airport stand out, but other perks are the beauty salons, plethora of food and drink choices (adult beverages too), water fountains to refill bottles inside every gate, separate security at each gate (no long lines!), movie rooms, pay per day swimming pool, ample shopping choices, free relaxation lounging chairs, indoor gardens and of course free wifi.
I’ve dubbed it a tie for chicest airport, though Incheon clearly wins for its luxurious dazzle, and Changi for it’s attention to small details that make the weary traveler that much more comfortable.
Can other airports (I’m talking to you Newark and Shanghai!) please take note?
What’s your favorite airport? Least favorite?
Photos courtesy of hancinema.net, Leslie Patrick, businessinsider.com and blue-17.com