Luxury layovers: Asia-Pacific’s top world-class airports

Extensive foliage in Terminal 2 at Changi International Airport in Singapore provides relaxation for passengers in the transit area. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

NO matter what list you use for the world’s top airports, Asia-Pacific ones feature at the top of these lists year after year. What’s remarkable about these airports is not just their quality and facilities, but they have some of the largest passenger numbers passing through and yet they retain such a high level of service, cleanliness and luxury.

In fact, according to the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2015, four out of the top five airports in the world are located in Asia. Let’s take a closer look at what the best airports in the region have to offer.

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore’s Changi Airport. Pic:

For the third consecutive year, Singapore’s Changi International Airport has been crowned the world’s best airport. Changi is known for its shopping and boasts 40,000 square metres of commercial space. So if you have a layover of any length of time you can shop and eat  to your heart’s content. There’s also a fitness centre, swimming pool, a slide and nature trail at this airport. I can see people reading this list planning their next trip through Changi just to see these additional facilities.


Hong Kong International Airport

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Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, taking care of some 59.6 million passengers a year, which makes its service and excellence just that much more impressive. You can also play golf here during your layovers at its SkyCity Nine Eagles golf course near Terminal 2. And its amenities and dining also rate as among the best.


Incheon International Airport, South Korea

Incheon International Airport. Pic:

Incheon International Airport. Pic:

It’s probably hardly surprising this airport is highly rated for security and cleanliness. The enormous airport serves over 70 airlines and 41.7 million passengers. If you find yourself here don’t forget to check out the golf course, spa, sleeping rooms, the casino, gardens, ice skating rink and Korean culture museum. With so much to do, you might just need a longer layover.


Beijing Capital International Airport

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Serving 83.7 million passengers a year, it’s no surprise that Beijing is the second busiest airport in the world. The airport has seen rapid expansion to match the growth of the capital, building new facilities and upgrading its infrastructure in a few short years.


Auckland International Airport

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Though smaller compared to most of the other bustling airports, Auckland airport was rated the best in the Australia/Pacific region, serving more than 25 airlines and 15 million passengers a year. Its second runway is expected to be completed by 2025, while seven additional gates are in the pipeline.


Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Pic:

Ahh, a place dear to my heart and an airport I pass through about a dozen times a year. So I make up a good amount of the stats that include nearly 49 million people who utilise the KLIA terminal. What’s good about this airport? They have great shopping options and excellent transfer services via train and bus to the city. And the airport is considered one of Asia’s main destination hubs with the “airport in the forest, forest in the airport” concept with plenty of green space around.