Flying has come a long way from its humble beginnings, little more than a century ago. The technology that we use is much more advanced, and we now have the ability to cover huge distances in a relatively short time. However, the one thing that connects air travel of the past and air travel now is how expensive it is. While half a century ago, you might have gotten champagne and lobster on your regular flight, not everyone could afford such flights, which is why economy and business class flights were created. However, while your air time is somewhat frugal, you still have to spend a significant amount of time waiting for your flight or between two or more flights, which is why airports try their best to make your waiting experience as pleasant as possible. Here is a brief look at some of them you need to have in mind, should you ever come across them.
1) Helsinki Airport
As its name suggests, this airport is located near Finland’s capital. Although it has the appearance of a cozy little place, it is extremely busy, as it handles more than seventeen million passengers every year. It was built in 1952, during the preparations for the Summer Olympics that took place that year. Despite its age, this airport is still considered to be the best one in Europe, and it continues to charm travelers who stop there.
2) Vancouver International Airport
This Canadian airport is one of the highest-ranked airports in North America. Its architecture distinguishes it from other airports, as well as the excellent service, and the friendly staff who are always there to help the passengers with any of their potential needs. The airport also has a significant art collection that over 22 million people who go through this airport annually can enjoy.
3) Kansai International Airport
This airport is situated on an artificial island near Osaka, Japan. It remains one of the busiest airports in Japan, as it has almost 26 million passengers every year. Its architecture is stunning and it attracts numerous tourists, but the greatest attraction is the Sky View deck where people can watch the planes coming and going.
4) Frankfurt Airport
This gigantic airport is one of the busiest and most important hubs in the world. More than 61 million passengers go through its gates every year, and this makes the Frankfurt airport the fourth busiest in the world. It is home to Lufthansa’s entire fleet of 270 planes that are based right here. It is very luxurious and it features a stunning first-class terminal with fine dining restaurants, a cigar room, a lounge, and even a spa
5) Hamad International Airport
This airport, based in Qatar, just south of its capital, Doha, is the youngest one on this list, as it was opened in 2014 when it replaced the Doha International Airport. A statement to its quality is the amount of money that went into making it –a whopping 16 billion dollars. This airport is rightfully described as one of the most luxurious airports in the world, and it is the home to Qatar Airways. It has over 30 million passengers who go through it every year. However, it is still being developed, so we may expect to see it shine even brighter in the years to come.