Air travel can look so easy from the outside, but it’s actually not. The long queue at check-in counters, the heavy luggage we sling on our backs, and the jet lag after our flights can be more or less excruciating in any traveler’s part.You’re lucky then, if you’re among the travelers who have experienced the services of some of the most beautiful airports in the world. The architectural beauty of these airports will make you forget all your worries about travel, and some even have top-notch amenities you can only usually find in high-end resorts and hotels! Care to know where they are? Here 15 of the most beautiful airports in the world (in no particular order):
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, India
As one of the most populated cities in the world, Mumbai built a large, stunning airport that will make any traveler feel like they’re in the inside of a palace straight out of the Mogul empire. The architects who planned this airport’s design were clearly a bunch of geniuses– it has a perfectly curved white roof with pillars that covered in Indian textures and patterns, and the inside looks so modern and futuristic.
2. Wellington International Airport, New Zealand
Nicknamed “The Rock,” this airport in New Zealand could easily be a tourist attraction because of its unusual yet stunning facade. The whole concept was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture and Warren & Mahoney, and they were inspired by New Zealand’s legendary sea monsters “Ngake and Whataitai.”
3. Dubai World Central International Airport, Dubai, UAE
As one of the most economically-advanced countries on the planet, Dubai sure has a stunning airport to show off. One of the largest in the world, the outside looks like a series of shapes and patterns brought to life, while the terminals inside are screaming of luxury and high-end decor. That’s Dubai for you.
4. Daocheng Yading Airport, Tibet
This airport is not for the faintest of hearts, but those who have been here can attest the beauty of the infrastructure as well as the once-in-a-lifetime view of the landscape outside. Perched at 4,411m (14,472 ft.) above sea level, it’s also the world’s highest civilian airport. Be prepared for the altitude sickness, though.
5. Menara International Airport, Marrakech, Morocco
The Menara International Airport in Morocco was built and designed to pay homage to the rich culture and history that makes up Morocco. The facilities are still very modern, but the architectural facade is a mixture of Islamic patterns and high glass-domed ceilings. You couldn’t find an airport like that anywhere else.
6. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Shenzhen, China
Ever imagined yourself to be inside of a manta ray? If ever you’ll get a layover at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Basically, the whole design of this airport is inspired by the aforementioned sea creature, and the sleek, curved design of the building seems
7. Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay
This airport is not just beautiful, it’s constantly voted over the years as one of the most efficient airports in the world. All passengers who got to experience the services of the “Carrasco” are not just impressed with the beautiful design of the infrastructure, but also to its spacious insides, clean and light atmosphere, and its efficient and friendly staff.
8. Changi Airport, Singapore
Uhm, do I even have to explain? I mean, everyone in the world knows how awesome Changi Airport is. For years it has always grabbed the top spot for being the best airport in the planet, and the facilities and amenities found inside more suit a guest staycation-ing in a top-notch resort rather than a flying passenger. if only all airports in the world are like this.
9. Queen Tamar Airport, Mestia, Georgia
This airport might be smaller compared to its other counterparts in the world, but when it comes to design, Queen Tamar deserves to be on the top. The unusual yet eye-pleasing facade would certainly catch anyone’s attention, like an abstract work of art just landed in Mestia. Inside though, the space is quite enough for a lofty terminal, mezzanine area, and other facilities.
10. Kansai International Airport, Japan
This airport is not just beautiful to look at, it’s also built to withstand major natural disasters. How awesome is that? Open to the public since 1994, it may be a little old compared to other international airports, but its timeless facade and wonderful design still gives other airports a run for their money. Oh, and did you know this was built by Renzo Piano, one of the most important and influential modern architects in the world?
11. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Uhm, an airport with an international golf course and IMAX theater? Yes, please! Hong Kong International Airport’s amenities may rival even Singapore’s Changi Airport, but its architectural design is unique and the openness of the whole place is a welcome sight for the passengers’ tired eyes.
12. Madrid-Barajas International Airport, Madrid, Spain
Madrid-Barajas International Airport has been in the business since 1933, but over time it has lots of renovations and additions that made it a stunner as it is today. Apparently, the whole architectural design of this airport is meant to promote peace, calmness, and tranquility to its passing passengers, that’s why the materials used for the construction are all environment-friendly.
13. Vancouver International Airport
This international airport is not just for airplane passengers you know– if you want, you can come and visit their multiple aquarium exhibits and sculpture collection. This magnificent piece of infrastructure is also aesthetically and modernly designed.
14. London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow’s more modern and newer terminals, like Terminal 5, are why the third busiest airport in the world is on this list. The design of the facade makes it seem like passengers are inside of a kind of a spaceship, and its floor-to-ceiling windows give the place a pleasant ambiance.
15. Denver International Airport
What makes Denver International Airport stand out from the other airports in the US? Its fabric-covered tents, an architectural feature designed to mimic the appearance of Colorado’s snow-capped Rocky Mountains. It looks so beautiful from the outside, and the inside is just as glamorous as well.
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