Top 5 Airports You'll Want To Be Delayed In

14 Dec 20

If you believe that airports are just a place to board your flight, then think again. In fact, you spend more time in the airport than imagined, with the average wait time for passengers being 137 minutes per trip or even longer with delays. Forget spending that time waiting around, there’s plenty to do from shopping, entertainments to even spas, you’ll never dread a layover or delayed flight again.


Dubai International Airport, UAE

Amazing for luxury shopping

There isn’t a more luxurious airport than Dubai International, it takes the city state’s luxury to the extreme in the best way possible. A shopaholic’s dream destination with luxury brands including Chanel and Gucci available duty free. Did you know that you can also stock up on a bar (or two) of gold while waiting for your next flight? Yes, 24 Karat gold is available to purchase by the gram, now that is one way to spend your layover.


It’s not just luxury shopping on offer, there’s plenty of activities to pass the time including taking a dip in the pool, exploring the Zen Garden or taking a nap in one of the soundproof SnoozeCubes. If you’re feeling extra lucky, join the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire raffle, which offers one out of 5000 tickets the chance to win prizes including luxury cars, motorbikes or $1 million in cash!  


Munich International Airport, Germany

Amazing for festive fun

Without leaving the confines of Munich International Airport, there is fitness, relaxation and ice skating opportunities for passengers. Munich Airport offers passengers amenities such as showers to freshen up, a children’s playground and over 60 restaurants, everything you’d need for a comfortable stay. Did you know you can leave the world behind and destress at the Fit & Fly Spa? Access to the Spa allows users to use the whirlpool, indoor heated pool and book a massage. 


Winter season is always popular in Germany with its world renowned Christmas Markets. The festivities even reach the Airport, during the winter months a seasonal ice rink is available to passengers to use between Terminal 1 and 2. A true winter wonderland with snow-flecked pine trees and 40+ stands offering trinkets and winter refreshments. Don’t worry if you didn’t pack your skates, there’s the opportunity to rent a pair. 


San Francisco International Airport, USA 

Amazing for fitness and relaxation 

Flight delays are stressful, that’s why San Francisco International Airport offers a meditation room for a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle. Did you know that this airport also offers passengers the chance to interact with therapy pigs? Yes, you read that correctly! As a part of the Wag Brigade program LiLou the pig is often available at the airport to offer support to those nervous flying.  


If you’re looking for more relaxation, this airport is known for its incredible yoga rooms (located in Terminal 2 and 3), these yoga rooms are completely free to use and available 24/7, meaning you can practice your warrior post while waiting for your flight. Additionally, for those looking to pamper themselves San Francisco Airport’s amazing spa service shouldn’t be missed. There’s many treatments on offer from massages, manicures, waxing, facials and hair treatments. 


Vancouver International Airport, Canada

Amazing for destressing

If you find yourself delayed at Vancouver Airport, then you’re in for a treat! Many international and domestic passengers would probably be unaware that this airport hosts a huge 300,000 gallon aquarium located on Level 3 of the International Terminal. Home to over 20,000 sea plants and creatures including thousands of world eels, starfish, sea urchins, jellyfish and more. It’s said that fish tanks significantly help to reduce stress, and we’re sure that if your plane has been delayed this could be just what you will need. 


Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore

Amazing for entertainment

We couldn’t complete this list without mentioning Singapore Changi Airport. World renowned for its extravagant facilities, this airport boasts a wide range of dining, shopping and relaxation opportunities across its three terminals. The most recognisable feature being the massive 40 meter indoor water fountain surrounded by vast rainforest in Terminal 3. However, this isn’t the only incredible feature in the airport, there’s plenty of entertainment options on offer including a free movie theatre, rooftop pool and children’s playground available for passengers. 


If you find yourself lucky enough to have spare time whilst in Singapore Airport, we recommend visiting the Butterfly Garden for an extraordinary experience. With over 1,000 butterflies from 40 different species, this magical experience is guaranteed to take your mind off any flight delays. 


Found yourself delayed at an airport, don’t forget to patrol your flight with Flight Patroller to automatically claim back compensation on your delay. 

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