6 best airports to suffer a delay

By Cathy Tassie

It has happened to all of us at some point: you arrive at the airport only to find your flight has been delayed. On the upside it could be an hour or two, on the downside it could be closer to 24 hours. If you happen to be delayed at one of these six airports, than you’re in luck!


Photo: Changi Airport Singapore

1. Changi Airport Singapore

Should you find yourself delayed in Changi Airport, the options are endless. In Terminal 1 you can take a dip in the Balinese themed rooftop swimming pool as you watch the planes fly overhead, or visit the rooftop Cactus Garden. In Terminal 2, follow the young, and young at heart, to the Entertainment Deck and play a little XBox Kinect. For a more tranquil experience, visit the Enchanted Garden featuring interactive and motion-sensor glass and mosaic sculptures. The fun doesn’t stop there. In Terminal 3 you can watch a movie in the 24-hour cinema. Or visit the Butterfly Garden, home to more than 1,000 species. The airport also has many designated quiet areas and (free) snooze rooms.


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2. Seoul Incheon Airport

What better way to pass your time in Seoul Incheon Airport then by practicing your ice skating skills on their indoor rink, located in the Transportation Centre. Skating is free, however there is a small fee for renting ice skates. If you prefer warmth, practise your golf swing at the driving range or 18-hole golf course. Although not on the airport property, it is considered part of the airport facilities. Simply hop on the five-minute, free shuttle to SKY72 to play a round of golf. After trying out the sports features you may want to sit back and create your own personal artwork. Visit the Korean Traditional Cultural Experience Center (pictured above) to take a free lesson in creating traditional artwork such as Hanji (Korean paper).

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Photo: Zurich Airport

3. Zurich Airport

In a digital age where we gravitate toward our electronic devices to while away the hours, it is refreshing to be able to stretch our legs on a layover. Here you can rent adult and child bicycles, adult and child inline skates, and adjustable Nordic walking poles to explore the surrounding area for a half day or full day, for a small fee. Zurich Airport maintains over half of its surrounding land as conservation areas, making the scenic cycle or skate an excellent opportunity to see Switzerland’s flora and fauna. You may catch a glimpse of a fox, deer, rabbit, frog, boar or beaver, all wildlife that have made a home on the conserved land at one point or another.


Photo: Hong Kong International Airport

4. Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong boasts the world’s first IMAX airport theatre, located in Terminal 2, that features the latest box office hits in both 2D and 3D. The theatre can accommodate 350 people. The digital sports enthusiast can also experience iSports where there is a simulator for virtual car racing, basketball and soccer. If you are an aviation buff and would prefer to learn more about the history of flying in Hong Kong, visit The Aviation Discovery Centre in Terminal 2. Take over the controls in a cockpit simulator or take the lift to the outdoor platform and witness the many jets arriving and departing from the SkyDeck.


Photo: Dubai International Airport

5. Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport is the largest in the region with duty free shops covering 365,000 square feet. A slight drawback to such a large and busy airport is finding a quiet corner. Thankfully the airport has built a Zen Garden, located near gates B7 and B27 of Terminal 3. An oasis of tropical plants, fish ponds and misting machines create a calming atmosphere. If you want a nap, there are 10 Snoozecubes in Terminal 1 available for rent by the hour, offering a comfortable bed, a touch screen TV playing music or movies and enough room to store your carry on luggage.


Photo: San Francisco International Airport

6. San Francisco International Airport

Feeling stressed? Head for one of the two yoga rooms in Terminals 1 and 2 at San Francisco Airport. The rooms, which are free to ticketed passengers, are dimly lit room and free of noise, including all electronic devices. If you would prefer to relax your mind without doing a downward dog then you can meditate in the Berman Reflection Room, located in the international terminal. Or take your mind off your flight delay with an actual dog. In 2013 the airport launched the Wag Brigade which brings trained dogs to the terminal to help make the airport a more enjoyable experience. The dogs have been selected for their temperament and wear vests that read “Pet Me!” to help attract a little love and attention.


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