The best airports for long stopovers

The best airports for long stopovers


Long stopovers can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry to get back home, have a lot of work to do or just need to get some rest. Airport facilities, however, can make all the difference. Flight Centre Business Travel has taken a look at airports around the world and compiled a list of five of the best airports for long stopovers. 

Best Airport - Changi

CHANGI AIRPORT (SINGAPORE)

When taking into account the facilities at Changi Airport in Singapore, it’s no wonder that it won the 2016 Skytrax Airport of the Year Award. 

BUSINESS CENTRES 

The three terminals each boast a 24-hour business centre, offering typing, mailing, photocopying and faxing services. 

INTERNET ACCESS

Enjoy free Wi-Fi in transit areas with WiFi@Changi. Simply launch your Internet browser and key in a valid website address to access the login page. Next, input the password, which you can obtain by requesting a one-time SMS by scanning your passport at one of the Wi-Fi password kiosks or presenting your passport to a customer-service officer. 

There are also 550 Internet stations with computers available across all terminals. 

PAY-PER-USE LOUNGES

Besides various airline lounges for business- and first-class passengers, Changi also has four pay-per-use lounges that economy-class passengers can use. Offerings differ from one lounge to the next but include private resting suites; refreshing showers with full amenities; gymnasiums; beverages and snacks; TVs; business areas with computers, newspapers, magazines and complimentary Wi-Fi; and meeting rooms available for booking.

FREE-TO-USE SNOOZE LOUNGES

There’s at least one snooze lounge in all three terminals. 

PHONE CHARGING POINTS 

There are charging points for mobile phones across all three terminals.

Best Airport - Dubai

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

When thinking about Dubai, shopping immediately comes to mind, but you can do a lot more here than just buy gifts for your family back home.

BUSINESS SERVICES: A business centre and meeting rooms are available at the Dubai International Hotel, located on the arrivals level in Terminal 1, and at the hotel level of concourses A and B in Terminal 3. These centres offer a range of services including photocopying, lamination and binding, and faxing. Conference facilities with audiovisual aids are available, too. 

WI-FI AND INTERNET ACCESS: Passengers receive 60 minutes of free Wi-Fi access, allowing quick and easy access to emails and social networks. Thereafter, Boingo Wireless offers affordable Wi-Fi options. 

LOUNGES: If you’re an economy-class traveller, you can purchase a lounge pass to gain access to several lounges, including the Marhaba Lounges, where you’ll be treated to international cuisine and beverages, and have access to Wi-Fi, laptops and tablets. You can also take a shower at an additional charge. 

SHOWERS: The airport also offers complimentary shower facilities on the departures level of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, so you don’t need to have access to a lounge to freshen up. 

SNOOZECUBES: Try the Snoozecubes, which include 24-hour wake-up service, if you need a place to rest while waiting for your next flight. Snoozecubes allow travellers to relax or sleep in a comfortable bed, knowing that they’ll not miss their connecting flight. The cubes are available for rent by the hour. 

BOARD AIRCRAFT DIRECTLY FROM SOME LOUNGES: Business- or first-class passenger flying from Dubai International’s A gate can board directly from the lounge areas. 

Best Airport - Hong Kong

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 

Hong Kong International Airport is a big business hub with all the necessary facilities. 

MEETING FACILITIES: The Regal Airport Hotel, which is connected to Terminal 1 by an air-conditioned bridge, provides superb accommodation with more than a 1 000 rooms, extensive meeting and conference facilities, and an extensive array of high-quality restaurants and bars serving Cantonese, Shanghainese, Western and international foods.

FREE WI-FI: Available throughout Terminal 1, Terminal 2, the North Satellite Concourse and the SkyPier.

PAY-IN LOUNGES: There are lounges for first- and business-class passengers of almost every airline you can think of, but economy-class passengers can get access to five lounges, including the Plaza Premium Lounges, with a lounge pass. For a reasonable fee, you can relax in comfort in one of these lounges before boarding a flight or during transit.

Enjoy hot showers, an all-day food and beverage buffet, Internet and email access, as well as live TV news feeds, magazines, newspapers and massage chairs.

SHOWERS: There are free shower facilities in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

REST ZONES: You can access two quiet zones in Terminal 3, with reclining chairs to nap in between flights, at no cost. 

Best Airport - Heathrow

HEATHROW (UNITED KINGDOM) 

Heathrow is the UK’s premier international airport. From here, some 80 airlines fly direct to over 180 destinations worldwide.

AIRPORT LOUNGES: You can escape the crowds and find a quiet space to work or relax – regardless of the airline you're flying with or the class you’re travelling in. Book into one of the airport lounges and you'll enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines. 

MEETING ROOMS: The Regus Express business lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 rents out meeting rooms (bookable online and by the hour) and fully-equipped workspaces. Free high-speed Wi-Fi; free tea and coffee; and print, scan and copy facilities are available. 

FREE WI-FI AND INTERNET: There's Wi-Fi available throughout all terminals to help you stay in touch or plan your travels. Just choose _Heathrow Wi-Fi and follow the on-screen instructions. Once registered, you'll receive free Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay at Heathrow.

There are also free Internet terminals with computer desks and broadband access – you'll find locations on the airport’s terminal maps. 

BEDROOMS: During the day, passengers departing from Terminal 3 can book bedrooms in the No 1 Traveller Lounge, which is in the departure lounge (after security). Rooms can be booked for two hours or more, and opening hours are 4.30am to 10.30pm. 

SHOWERS: Available in the No 1 Traveller Lounge in Terminal 3 departures (after security) – there is a charge for entry. Facilities may also be available to eligible passengers in airlines’ own lounges.

Best Airport - Atlanta

HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (UNITED STATES) 

Also known as the Atlanta Airport, it is believed to be the busiest airport in the world, serving more than 150 destinations in the US and more than 60 international cities in 50 countries. 

BUSINESS FACILITIES: The airport has a fully equipped business centre with computer workstations and more than 20 meeting rooms, including boardrooms and a VIP suite.

FREE WI-FI AND LAPTOP STATIONS: Available and the airport has become a huge hotspot, allowing you to access wireless Internet from virtually any point within the airport. Laptop workstations are also available. MINUTE SUITES: Allows passengers to relax, conduct business and even sleep in spacious, private suites between flights or during long delays. The airport offers five Minute Suites, each of which is equipped with a daybed sofa, pillows and fresh blankets.

A sound-masking system in each suite neutralises noise. You can book and pay for your Minute Suite online. 

LOUNGES: The Club at ATL lounge is available to all travellers, no matter what class or airline you fly. You just need to purchase a day pass at the reception desk, which will allow you to enjoy all the amenities the lounge has to offer. Look forward to free snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and liquor; free Internet and Wi-Fi access; newspapers, magazines and TVs; workstations with printing and faxing facilities and telephones; showers; and a conference room (a separate fee may apply). 

SHOWERS: Available in the Club at ATL lounge.