If you’ve ever been to the airport and your flight gets canceled or you have a layover, having things to do around you is a must. I can remember being pretty much stranded at one airport in New Jersey and the only thing in the dinky airport…was a vending machine. It was awful.
A new study by Club Med has revealed the top airport layovers around the world to tick off your bucket list and which are the best to spend your flight layover time in. The study found Charlotte Douglas International Airport ranked number 30th on the bucket list worth airports for a layover. Club Med analyzed over 100 airports on the following criteria, to assess where in the world has the best layover for your next dream vacation:
✈️ Airport size and distance from the closest city
🛍 Number of shops and number of restaurants
😃 Customer Satisfaction of the available wifi and lounges
🏨 Number of hotels
👍🏻 Staff friendliness
Each of these data values was given a respective score, which was then added up to reveal a final index score out of a total of 100 for each airport. Charlotte Douglas Airport has been ranked as the 30th best airport for a long layover, in the world. Passengers can browse the 49 shops to pick up travel essentials or have a bite to eat in one of the 70 restaurants to choose from. With a total index score of 52.3 out of 100, Charlotte Douglas Airport is one of the best airports to spend a long layover in!
Singapore Airport, Changi is the best place in the world for a layover. The unique airport scores a total score of 100 out of 100 in the airport index! Your holiday experience starts as soon as you step foot in the airport, as it is home to the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Staff at the airport have been scored 5 out of 5 for their friendliness, making the holiday experience relaxing and memorable.
Changi offers the highest number of sleeping facilities for busy travelers to rest their heads. Whilst in the airport, passengers have the opportunity to browse the 250 shops the airport offers, as well as the 153 restaurants to choose from. If the endless offering of amenities isn’t enough, the beautiful city of Singapore is just 20KM away for visitors to discover.
This layover is the number one airport to add to your bucket list! Make this airport a top spot on your bucket list so you can experience staying at the best airport in the world. Following behind Changi airport was Incheon, South Korea with 97.45 points in second place, and Hong Kong airport with 86.60 points out of 100. Maybe one day ill get to these airports to experience them!
Follow these 4 expert tips to make a long layover more enjoyable:
Research the airport: Read up a little on the amenities and services available at the airport prior to your trip. This way, you can make the most of what’s on offer to help pass the time between layovers.
Get some rest: Take advantage of on-site hotels, sleep pods, and relaxation lounges to help you recharge your batteries and delay the dreaded jet lag!
Get some fresh air: If possible, venture outside of the airport and explore the nearby city or surrounding area.
Appreciate airport art: Many big airports feature exhibitions and art galleries, offering a great opportunity to soak up beautiful artwork. When I was just at Philadelphia airport they had some really awesome artwork!
To see the full list of the top 50 airports for a layover flight click here. CLT is getting a big terminal lobby expansion that started in December of 2019. The project hopes to be completed in 2025. These alterations are a part of CLT’s $608-million terminal lobby expansion project.