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The Most Eye-Catching Airports In The World

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The standard dull airports that we know all too well definitely do their job, but they aren’t usually very memorable (at least not for positive reasons anyway) and for some people they  can make the whole experience of flying a lot more daunting, however it seems they are slowly going to become a thing of the past; new high-tech modern airports are often being built and old airports are receiving renovations which are making the experience of flying much more enjoyable. Modern airports are getting more sophisticated and some of them look truly amazing, so we have decided to share what we believe to be some of the most impressive and eye-catching airports in the world.

Wellington International Airport


Wellington International Airport, photo by Phillip Capper

Also known as “The Rock”, the impressive international terminal at Wellington Airport is certainly unique. The exterior design of the terminal draws inspiration from its surroundings with its rock-like structure that makes a “visual link with the rocks around the coast”, while the cosy feeling interior looks somewhat like a cocoon with the wall and ceiling being a connected series of triangle panels.

Incheon International Airport


Incheon International Airport, photo by Paul Benjamin

A common theme with airport architecture is to center the design around the local culture and Incheon Airport does just that; its shape is inspired by traditional Korean temples, particularly the curved roof. It was awarded “World’s Best Airport” 6 years in a row by The Airports Council International and also earned another worlds best airport title from Skytrax’s World Airport Awards.

Denver International

Denver International Airport, photo by Denver Airport Group

Denver International Airport was designed to be more than just an airport airport, it was designed to be a symbol that would be distinctive and memorable. The strange canvas-like roof structure complements the snow topped mountains in the distance and evokes visions of an old Native American settlement. The airport is also an industry leader for airport sustainability and is energy efficient with its 9,000 panel solar farm that takes advantage of the large amount of sunlight that Denver is gifted with.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport


The Terminal 2 at Mumbai’s main airport is eye-catching to say the least. Inspired by traditional Indian pavilions, the 70,000 metre squared  roof  of the four-story terminal building is held up by 30 beautiful columns. The drop off zones were designed with traditional Indian arrival and departure customs in mind with plenty of room on the pavement for large groups of well-wishers.  (Source: SOM)


Changi Airport (Project Jewel)


Project Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport, photo by Changi Airport Group

OK, so it may not actually have been built yet, but the Jewel project at Singapore’s Changi Airport is currently under construction and estimated to be completed in 2019. Placed in the heart of the airport, the project has been designed to act as a hub that connects all of the terminals together with a world-class leisure experience – featuring indoor gardens, light shows, a hotel, and a selection of shops/restaurants.

Have you been to an airport that should have made this list? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!