BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/24/12 -- In this day and age of air travel, spending a lot of time at the airport is part and parcel of the travel experience. Thankfully, as the wait times have increased -- due to long layovers and requirements that travelers arrive hours before their scheduled departure time -- so has the caliber of airports' amenities. Airports have become a shopper's delight but have also transformed into multi-use complexes offering a range of top-notch entertainment and lifestyle experiences. The editors at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have pulled together their list of Top 10 Layover Airports that offer unique amenities and services making these airports destinations in and of themselves.
Here are five airports on Cheapflights.com's Top 10 Layover Airports that offer over-the-top amenities including an in-airport casino, free movie theaters, golf courses, a skating rink and even a wedding chapel. Travelers will start to wish they had more time to spend at these airports!
•Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - Amsterdam, Netherlands - It's only fitting that one of the world's most memorable cities has one of its most original airports. Inside the airport, there's a free branch of the national Rijksmuseum where you can take in art from van Gogh and other Dutch masters. Those feeling lucky can try their hands at the in-airport casino for the chance to win big before taking off. If you want to squeeze more time into seeing Amsterdam, high-speed trains run downtown frequently. And Schiphol has one of the coolest offerings of any airport anywhere: a wedding chapel for those wishing to take off in newly wedded bliss.
•Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore - The hyper-organized city-state naturally boasts one of the best laid out and passenger-friendly airports in the world. Besides some of the best pre-flight shopping, the airport offers peaceful gardens complete with koi ponds to soak up some relaxation before flying, a live butterfly garden with a 20-foot waterfall, and free movie theaters in two terminals. Those with enough time before takeoff can take the free two-hour tour of Singapore and be back in time for boarding.
•Munich Airport Centre - Munich, Germany - It's fitting that passengers transiting or leaving Germany can take advantage themselves of traditional German hospitality and cultural accoutrements. From the wurst-filled Airbräu biergarten to a seasonal traditional Christmas market complete with an outdoor ice skating rink to the beautiful, ultra-modern Terminal 2, fliers are treated to the best of German customs, old and new.
•Dubai International Airport - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - With its ambitious and grandiose plans to make itself a world center, Dubai boasts an airport that is no exception, rapidly closing in on the title of world's busiest. Besides having some of the best luxury and duty-free shopping anywhere -- nearly 50,000 square feet of it -- the immaculately kept facilities include a gym and pool for a pre-flight workout, as well as children's play areas, and a tranquil Zen garden to relieve travel-related stress.
•Hong Kong International Airport - Hong Kong - This futuristic airport sits on an artificial island off of Hong Kong Harbour and features the world's second-busiest passenger terminal, with amenities befitting its status. There's the requisite collection of luxury and duty-free shopping, including Chanel, Prada, and other couture lines, as well as high-end electronics and liquor. Most striking is the SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course, a full 9-hole regulation golf course, where you can yell "Fore!" before taking off. It's even fully lit for nighttime golfing. For the athletically inclined, there's iSports, a sports simulator, where you can play basketball, soccer and auto racing. There's even an IMAX movie theater, showing immersive hit 2D and 3D films.
In addition to the fabulous shopping, the remaining five airports to make our list are known for the cultural programs and experiences, fitness and relaxation retreats, children's activities and more. These include: San Francisco International Airport; Incheon Airport in Seoul, Korea; London Heathrow Airport; Vancouver International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. To read the full details on these airports and Cheapflights.com's complete list of Top 10 Layover Airports, visit news.cheapflights.com/top-10-layover-airports.
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Cheapflights Media is an international media network helping over 11 million visitors a month find top travel deals. Our Cheapflights brand was launched in 1996 and pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users. Today, users compare a wide range of deals from hundreds of partners including online travel agents, consolidators and airlines to find the very best flight deals. With a mission to be the starting point for travel, Cheapflights works to deliver the industry's best airfare bargains, expert tips and inspiration. There are currently Cheapflights sites in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia & New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information, visit www.cheapflights.com. Our newest brand, Momondo, is a leading travel search engine for finding comprehensive worldwide pricing and availability on airfares. Winner of several awards, the site is ideal for users on specific travel schedules. For more information, visit momondo.com.
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