Flight delays. Layovers. Believe it or not, airports can sometimes be more of a second home than the workplace. All you frequent fliers know what we’re talking about. In such scenarios, it always helps if the airport you’re at is top notch in terms of entertainment, relaxation and work support. Keeping this in mind, Executive Traveller brings to you a list of exceptional international airports developed by accomplished architectural and engineering minds. These airports reflect splendid artistic creativity along with superb technological advancements.
Beijing Capital International (Terminal 3)
Terminal 3 at the Beijing Capital International Airport was constructed to accommodate the massive tourist influx that heralded the 2008 Olympics. And to complement China’s moment in the sun, the $240 million baggage transfer system certainly delivers an Olympian performance – passengers begin receiving their luggage less than 5 minutes after the plane has been unloaded.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Explore aboriginal art from Canada’s northwestern coast, amid the comforts of boutique shopping, fine dining and a luxurious spa experience. Vancouver airport’s visual feast begins with the ‘Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe’, – a sculpture noted for being inked onto the Canadian $20 bill – and moves on to a ‘Flight Spindle Whorl’ by Susan Point (a curved, 19-foot wide, wooden disc made from red cedar), before ending at a Pacific passage where passengers may walk alongside exhibits reflective of the British Columbian landscape.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Expect your airport experience at SEA to be purged of impatience and monotony as you admire oil paintings by Frank Stella, etchings on laminated glass called ‘Travelling Light’ by Linda Beaumont and Cappy Anderson’s stained glass masterpiece, ‘I Was Dreaming Of Spirit Animals’. Artists Robert Raushcenberg, Peter Shelton, Louise Nevelson and several others have all contributed to the extensive collection at Sea-Tac airport. The airport juices up its collection from time to time in a bid to encourage regional art and emerging artists from around the globe.