Best Airports in Asia Pacific

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If it looks like an airport, and sounds like an airport, it’s an airport.” In other words, a house is a house, a car a car, and so on.

But this simply can’t be the case when it comes to something as essential to travel as an airport. Hours, or even days of sitting around waiting for the next flight out of a city can be made more than bearable with the right set up.

Take your comfort, for example. What are some things a good airport needs to make you absolutely comfortable? Because good airport management knows that when a traveler is hungry and can find some food, he or she may come back. But if that food is really delicious, then their return is guaranteed.

Flying halfway around the world is something one should avoid unless necessary. The jet lag alone will make you majorly unhappy if the culture shock doesn’t get you first. But if you do find yourself on the opposite side of the globe at 3:15 a.m. New York City time. Look around you. It’s a little after three in the morning and the sun’s been out all day! Are you enjoying yourself yet?

But, when you look around the airport and actually find yourself looking forward to the next few hours of waiting, you know you’re in one of the good ones. Depending on where you travel in Asia, you will probably stop in at least one of these airports at some point. For the record, they are the very best Asia has to offer.

o Incheon (ICN)

It’s no secret that Incheon is the best. In fact, it’s probably the most agreed upon choice for favorite airport by frequent flyers to Asia.

o Singapore (SIN)

The airport in Singapore relies heavily on the hospitality of the men and women who work there. Everyone from those selling souvenirs to the guy cleaning the bathroom is held to the highest level of excellence. They demand it from their employees because they know the traveler demands excellence as from.

o Hong Kong (HKG)

Hong Kong International Airport is the 14th highest ranked airport in the world. It’s known for its efficiency both in arrival times and departures, and delivering the right luggage at the right baggage claim. That’s a big deal when time counts and you need your bags right away.

o Central Japan (NGO)

Being number 3 in the world isn’t as good as being number 1 or 3. But it is better than being number 4; and infinitely better than number 2024 in the world. Central Japan International Airport was constructed on the Bay of Ise. Its location, surroundings, and the actual 5-star restaurants within the concourse make this a standout.

o Taipei (TPE)

The international Taipei Airport of Taiwan Taoyuan is located, naturally, in Taiwan. It features both modernity and a touch of old-world charm with shops and restaurants located in the terminals and concourse.

When you travel overseas you know it’s going to be one mad rush to make sure you get to the gate on time; there isn’t much time to hang around and enjoy the surroundings. However, when you have to be in an airport, its nice being in one that you feel comfortable in. When you enjoy yourself you don’t feel the tedious boredom of waiting.

Go to the authentic Korean restaurant at ICN. Or shop at a designer store at TPE; either way, the best airports are the ones people want to be in, not because they have to be there, but because they want to be.