“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Travelling around the world broadens our mind in many ways. We meet new people, get to know new cultures , share new experiences, and let down our guard, much more than when back at home, caught up in the mundane day to day routine of life that we get accustomed to. Now, I present you guys the 5 top rated airports for an impeccable journey.
1̣.SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT:
Changi Airport is the major civilian airport for Singapore, and one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is currently rated the World’s Best Airport , and is one of the world’s busiest airports, filled by international passengers and cargo traffic. The airport is located in Changi at the eastern end of Singapore, approximately 20 kilometers northeast from Marina Bay on a 13-square-kilometer site. Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines flying to 400 cities in around 100 countries and territories worldwide. Every week, about 7,200 flights land or depart from Changi, or, about one every 80 seconds. Changi Airport has now four main passenger terminals arranged in an elongated inverted ‘U’ shape. Currently, the airport has a plotted total annual handling capacity of 85 million passengers; They are planning for one more terminal which is set to be ready by mid 2030’s. There is also a privately run luxury terminal called the Jet Quay CIP Terminal which is similar to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport (Germany), but is open to all passengers travelling in all classes on all airlines with an access fee.
2. INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Incheon International Airport (sometimes referred to as Seoul–Incheon International Airport) is the largest airport in South-Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul capital area and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005, it is rated as the world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport. This airport is quite different from other airports as it provides facilities like the inclusion of a golf course, a spa house, private sleeping rooms, an ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens, and a Museum of Korean Culture. The airport authorities claim that an average departure and arrival takes about 19 minutes and 12 minutes, respectively, as compared to worldwide average of 60 minutes and 45 minutes, respectively; isn’t that very quick? This airport expedites its services compared to other airports, hence this airport is ranked the fastest airports in the world for customs processing. Its Duty Free shopping mall is rated as the best in the world. Incheon International Airport is located west of Incheon’s city center, on an artificially created piece of land between Yeongjong and Yongyu Islands. This airport was constructed to share the demand for air transport in the 21st century and to serve as a hub airport in Northeast Asia.
3.TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (HANEDA):
Tokyo International Airport , commonly known as Haneda Airport , is one of the two predominant airports that serves the Greater Tokyo Area, and is the primary base of Japan’s two major domestic airlines, Japan Airlines (Terminal 1) and All Nippon Airways (Terminal 2). It is located in Ōta, Tokyo, 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station. Haneda was the primary international airport serving Tokyo until 2010. Haneda handled almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo as well as “scheduled charter” flights to a small number of major cities in East Asia, while Narita International Airport handled the vast majority of international flights. In 2010, a dedicated international terminal was opened at Haneda, it opened up to long-haul service during the daytime in March 2014, with carriers offering nonstop service to 25 cities in 17 countries. The Japanese government is currently encouraging the use of Haneda for premium business routes and the use of Narita for leisure routes and by low-cost carriers. Following Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Japanese government plans to increase the combined slot capacity of Haneda and Narita, and to construct a new railway line linking Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station in approximately 18 minutes.
4.HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Hong Kong International Airport is the commercial airport serving Hong Kong, it is built on reclaimed land on the island of Chek Lap Kok. The airport is also generally known as Chek Lap Kok Airport by the locals. The airport has been in commercial operation since 1998, replacing Kai Tak Airport. It is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub and gateway for destinations in Mainland China (with 45 destinations) and the rest of Asia. The airport is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the world’s busiest passenger airports. It is also home to one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings (the largest when opened in 1998). Hong Kong International Airport is an important contributor to Hong Kong’s economy, with approximately 65,000 employees. More than 100 airlines operate flights from the airport to over 180 cities across the globe. In 2015, Hong Kong International Airport handled 68.5 million passengers,making it the 8th busiest airport worldwide by passenger traffic. Now, it bangs the 4th place of the World’s Top 100 Airports in 2018.
5.DOHA HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Hamad International Airport is the international airport of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It replaced the former Doha International Airport as Qatar’s principal airport. Formerly known as New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Hamad International Airport was originally scheduled to open in 2009, but after a series of costly delays, the airport finally opened on 30 April 2014 with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from nearby Doha International. National carrier Qatar Airways and all other carriers formally relocated to the new airport on 27 May 2014.The most prominent figure inside the airport is a giant bronze statue of a teddy bear with its head in a lamp. The untitled sculpture, often known as “Lamp Bear“, is one of three creations by Swiss artist Urs Fischer and is on display at the grand foyer of the airport’s duty-free shopping hall. Standing at seven meters tall and weighing approximately 18-20 tons, the statue was previously displayed at the Seagram Building’s plaza in New York City before being purchased by a member of the Qatari royal family at a Christie’s auction for US$6.8 million.
In 2018 the airport added a new sculpture in their terminal, called Small Lie by American artist Kaws which was a donation from the Qatar Museum.
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