For those who are frequent flyers, it should take little to explain why Vancouver International Airport regularly makes the top rankings as one of the world’s best airports. YVR can now add another “best” title to its growing list of accolades: it is one of the world’s top 10 airports “to get stuck in,” and for good reason.
The layover, traditionally a dreaded word among travelers, has become considerably less painful as of late – at least, in certain airports. Indeed, the savviest aviation hubs nowadays have evolved far beyond bland-at-best food, cramped seating areas, and outdated design with such offerings as sleeping pods and showers, reclining chaises, gyms, and, of course, free Wifi throughout. Though you still may not hope for a layover, you’ll certainly dread it much less at these 10 airports that get it right.
Vancouver International Airport
Why We Like It: Like Vancouver itself, the city’s gorgeous airport boasts a modern, maritime vibe that provides a welcome antidote to air travel. Amenities and extras include a revolving sushi bar, native art from the Pacific Northwest, and a branch of Vancouver’s aquarium, with a 31,000-gallon tank full of sea creatures native to the region. Indulge in jetlag-busting and anti-fatigue treatments at any of four separate spas, or cozy up by the soaring fireplace at the swanky JetSide Bar (at the in-airport Fairmont Hotel) with a glass of wine from the world-class Okanagan region. And shoppers, take note: A 460,000-square-foot luxury outlet mall within the airport may soon be in the works.
Insider Tip: The airport provides a chaplaincy for quiet meditation and prayers, or, for those who want to get hitched before their flight, a wedding service, including a ceremony on the top deck of a 747.
The other international airports that made the top 10 list were also regulars in the annual world’s top 10 airports lists. It includes Munich, Dubai, Singapore’s Changi, Amsterdam’s Schiphol, Hong Kong, Zurich, San Francisco, Incheon, and London Heathrow.
Written by Kenneth Chan, the Deputy Editor at Vancity Buzz. Connect with Kenneth on Twitter at @kjmagine.
Featured photo credit: Kirk Northrop