Top 5 International Airports in Asia

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Airport”? For me, the airport has always been a hub for all kinds of travelers, who are on the move with their own purpose. I have been fascinated by airports, not merely in terms of the vast space that they have, but for reasons that likely do not add up in people’s mind. Being a traveler, I spend a considerable amount of time in airports between my transits, waiting for flights. What I enjoy the most sitting in the lounge or waiting area is observing people. The varied layers of emotions linger around this busy atmosphere. When someone steals a kiss from a distance, smiling back to their loved ones, embracing their dear ones, parting with tears in their eyes, watching the joyful and heartfelt hugs, just make me go through waves of emotions inside me. I find airport is a melting pot of varied emotions.

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No matter how long, I enjoy spending my time in airports, mostly in shopping, eating, meeting new people and of course indulging in airport facilities.  In this global era, airports have come a long way in terms of designs, services, facilities and entertainment. Gone are the days when airports used to be one dull space, associated with long queues, chaotic, crowded, unhealthy food, and overpriced merchandise. The Airports around the world offer a range of facilities that not just pamper the visitors, but entertain during your layover. From indoor parks, spa, skating rings, fine dining outlets, shopping centers , swimming pools, cultural centers, library to a movie theaters, they offer every possible thing, making your experiences unbelievable.

Here are my top 5 favorite airports in Asia

Changi International Airport, Singapore

Changi International Airport tops the chart when it comes to my favorite airport in Asia. The swanky, super clean, stunning designs and having a wide range of facilities, this airport is not just a hub for transit passengers, but this is a destination itself . The exceptional staff members, the boundless amenities, and effortless navigation make it one of the most loved and preferred airports in the world. Having a layover in Singapore International Airport is nothing less than having an entry to an extravaganza. From fine dining restaurants, rooftop swimming pool, pay per use lounges, duty free shopping areas, free movie hall, indoor gardens, children’s playground, City bus tours, and what not. You name it and they have it. One of the busiest airports in Asia with more than 50 million passengers passing through the airport every year, Terminal 3 is consistently voted as one of the best airports in the world by the travelers each year.

Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

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One of the architectural marvels, Hong Kong International Airport is known for its impressive space management and design. Located on Lantau Island, it connects to the city via an impressive chain of highways, railways and bridges. One of the busiest and largest airports in the world, Hong Kong International Airport has been recognized as the world’s best airport around 40 times. The ample amount of natural lights and uncluttered spaces inside the airport makes it one of the most popular modern airports in Asia. With 300 shops to numerous eating joints,restaurants, bar and fine dining options, lounges, Aviation Discovery Centre, UA IMAX Theater and many more to keep you busy and entertained throughout your time at the airport.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia (KUL)

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The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the most visited airports in the world. This airport is also considered as the major aviation hub in Asia. Located at the top of the southern corridor of Peninsular Malaysia, the airport is situated in the Sepang district, hardly 50 km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.  The unique architectural concept ‘Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport’ in which it features an indoor rain-forest, complete with wooden walkways, makes it to the list of the most innovative airports in the world. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport became the first ever airport to receive the prestigious Green Globe 21 certificate in 2004 for the commendable contribution to promote environmental responsibility for all local and foreign travelers. KUL has also been voted numerous times as the World’s Best Airport.

Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea

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Another preferred and loved airport among travelers is Incheon International Airport, Seoul. If you love investing your time exploring cultural magnetism of any place, this airport will spoil you with varied cultural centers inside the airport. It houses the Korean Culture Museum, Traditional Culture Experience Zone, Traditional Craft Gallery, and Arrival Hall Culture Street, introducing its passengers to their rich cultural heritage. Not just that they have live cultural performances every day of the year. Airstar Terrace lounge, overlooking aircraft from around the world makes it one hot spot for visitors. They also have a movie theater, five water gardens, 200 prickly cactus plants, the ice rink or free layover tours.

Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi,India

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The Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the top airports in the world. The IGIA is the busiest airport in the country handling about 46 million passengers a year. Ranked as World’s Best Airport consistantly for two years in 2015 & 2016, IGIA is known for on-time performance of airlines impacting passenger experience positively, launch of interactive and user-friendly mobile app – flyDEL, improvement of ambiance and signage, and its significant designs. The glass and metal frame structures, use of graphic designs and spacious interior depicting Indian Culture. Terminal 3 has 168 checks –in counters and about 800 information display system. A hassle free navigation system, luxury brand outlets, duty free shopping and other amenities make it one of the most loved airports in the world.

What is your favorite airport in the world ?


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