If you have found yourself stuck in an airport due to a delayed or cancelled flight you will no doubt have experienced a serious case of boredom. There is nothing worse than sitting clock watching for hour upon hour. Don’t despair though as there is hope in the form of some airports that have made the effort to keep your suffering to a bare minimum. Here are just a few of them.
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As Australia’s second busiest, Melbourne Airport served over 30 million passengers for the first time in 2013. The airport opened in 1970, and has served the city of Melbourne ever since and has won many accolades in recent years including one for the best airport hotel in Australia.
R Tambo International
R Tambo International is a major airport which is located in South Africa, Johannesburg. The airport serves more than 30 million passengers a year it is the biggest African airport and situated about 1,700 meters above sea level.
Sydney Airport is the oldest commercial international airport in the entire world and it is also the busiest seeing over 35 million passengers in 2014. The international terminal was renovated in 2010 costing over $500 million and there are plans to build a second Sydney airport in the near future.
Kuala Lumpur International
This Airport is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia and Malaysia’s largest and busiest. In 2014 it serviced 50 million passengers and is ranked as in the top 20 busiest airports for passenger travel. The airport cost $3.5 billion to build and there is plans to expand the airport further in the future.
Vancouver International airport was built in 1930, and is one of the busiest airports in Canada. The airport has won numerous awards over the years and it is noted for its unique structure and architecture which includes an art collection. Ever since the city was host to the 2010 Winter Olympics it has increased in popularity.
Beijing Capital International Airport has the second biggest airport terminal in the world and since 2010 it has been the second busiest in terms of the number of passengers that have travelled through it. The airport boasts a food area and over 70 stores where the prices are said to be the same as in the center of Beijing.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the perfect place for those who plan on leaving the airport with more money than they had when they arrived. Not only is the Amsterdam Schiphol the fifth busiest airport in the world, it sports a casino for travelers who are feeling particularly lucky. If the bustle of the casino is too much for you the airport also sports a library that is free for passengers to use.
London Heathrow is a major international airport and as such it experiences the most air traffic in Europe. In terms of passengers it comes in as the third busiest worldwide and it is also reported to be the best airport for shopping. The main terminal alone offers more than 100 shops and restaurants, so it may not be so bad being delayed here.
Central Japan International
The central Japan international airport is situated on an artificial island that is set just off of the Japanese cost. The airport is also referred to as the Chubu Centrair International Airport. The airport opened in 2005 and is considered to be one of the finest airports in the world. The real highlight of this airport has to be the Sky Town Shopping Center which offers dozens of restaurants and shops.
Zurich airport is the 12th busiest in Europe and serves over 20 million passengers every year. The airport has won many awards over the years as well as being voted as the best European airport in the World Travel Awards. There is a complex called the Circle which is currently being developed and will be home to a variety of shops, restaurants and hotels.
Munich Airport is the best in the west and it is easy to see why. The airport is particularly popular with beer lovers as it has its own brewery and produces seven different beers too. However, that is not all as the airport sports a flight simulator and also places that can be rented by the hour and include a bed, Wi-Fi and TV, just remember when you have to be delayed this is the perfect place to be!