From Conde’ Nast:
Here are the global top 10 airports as voted by readers:
|1.||Istanbul Airport (IST)||App for precision planning, loyalty program|
|2.||Singapore Changi (SIN)||Indoor forest and a rooftop pool and hot tub|
|3.||Seoul Incheon Int’l (ICN)||Indoor skating and high-speed rail to city|
|4.||Zurich Airport (ZRH)||Exterior observation deck; duty-free chocolate|
|5.||Tokyo’s Haneda (HND)||Smaller, well-placed alternative to Narita Int’l|
|6.||Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)||High-end, reasonably priced business lounge|
|7.||Doha’s Hamad Int’l (DOH)||Squash courts and a swimming pool|
|8.||Dubai Int’l (DXB)||Home base for top-ranking carrier Emirates|
|9.||Hong Kong Int’l (HKG)||Express rail to the city center in 24 minutes|
|10.||Helsinki Airport (HEL)||Marimekko shop and blueberry shakes|
I was in the new Istanbul airport shortly after they opened. Very few services were available, and the walk to my gate was long and boring. I expect this trip in November to be different. I hear the Turkish Airlines lounge is one of the best!
Of course, Singapore has always been rated at the top. My personal favorite is Haneda in Tokyo. Why? They have an Edo period village which serves as a food court. It is beyond charming, with absolutely delicious food.
The remaining airports, Hong Kong is also excellent with good food. I would call Zurich and Helsinki airports rather small but very interesting. Regarding Seoul, I forgot my ice skates, even though I was headed to frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia.
Here are the top 10 airports in the U.S., as voted by Condé Nast readers:
|1.||Savannah Hilton Head (SAV)||Town-square layout and golf-lovers destination|
|2.||Hartford Bradley Int’l (BDL)||NYC and Boston alternative|
|3.||Indianapolis Int’l (IND)||First U.S. LEED certification for smart energy|
|4.||Rhode Island T.F. Green Int’l (PVD)||Soon to be hub for Jet Blue’s Breeze|
|5.||Palm Beach Int’l Airport (PBI)||Putting green and full-service spa|
|6.||Tampa Int’l Airport (TPA)||High-tech ‘people mover’ system|
|7.||Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP)||Range of dining, including famous ‘Juicy Lucy’ burger|
|8.||Long Beach Airport (LGB)||Open-air concourse with fire pits and wine bar|
|9.||Portland (Ore.) Int’l (PDX)||Bike paths and light rail into downtown|
|10.||Milwaukee Mitchell (MKE)||Smart airport bookstore with new & used titles|
Of the domestic airports listed, I like Portland for its eclectic variety and Pendleton shop. Minneapolis is a fairly nice airport with a great metro system (same for Portland). Milwaukee is great if you like cheese or are headed up to Green Bay for a Packers game. Tampa is probably the most improved in this group. Long Beach is old, and small, but very convenient.
I am sure you have your favorites. Mine are global, Singapore and Haneda, and domestic, Seattle, and Chicago.