World's prettiest airports
‘I was delighted to be delayed in Oslo.’ Now THAT's not something you often hear about an airport
It's no coincidence, wrote the comic novelist Douglas Adams, that the English language never came up with the expression 'as pretty as an airport'. Have a stroll through these 12 supposedly terrific terminals and see whether you agree with him.
Diana Dicker is a freelance writer.
Spot on about Barra, although the idea of a transatlantic 747 landing on the beach amuses me! It's not actually the most westerly point, St. Kilda is significantly further west and I assume (please correct me?) that the Army had a helicopter landing pad out there? And, for the pedants, didn't that guy arrive on Rockall by helicopter when he claimed it for the British - did it actually touch the rock or was he lowered onto it???
The only trouble with the islands is getting between them - inter-island flights aren't that easy and you tend to end up coming back to the mainland in order to return 80% of the way whence you came!
The highest, and perhaps most beautiful, place at which an aircraft has successfully landed and taken off in the UK has to be Helvellyn. The terminal buildings are a bit rudimentary but the view isn't bad!
I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned, off topic, the Westray to Papa Westray service in Orkney ...
Sadly missing from the list now that it's closed is the magnificent Templehof in West Berlin. Schoenefeld is very efficient and dead easy to use but just hasn't the same class. Tegel is a dump.
Katowice (Pyrzowice) has a stunning layount of runways which would delight any geometrist. Poznan is absolutely fantastic from the air - you approach over lakes and woods, it's absolutely gorgeous, followed by a descent over the rebuilt town centre. The terminal is small and basic but flying into it is perfect.
Also beautifully set, although no great shakes for architecture, is Sumburgh (Shetland) and - to scare the living daylights out of you - the airstrip on Foula. Come to think, any of the Scottish Islands airfields score quite nicely on scenery, and since Traigh Mhor is included then the criteria seem to go beyond mere architecture?
Any reports from Tatry (Poprad) In Slovakia would be welcomed ... is this still Europe's highest airport or has that record been bettered?
after two years spent in the UK I must admit not all what british shine,like most of the british population would like to be...
greetings from Poland(eh...jsut another third cathegory habitant...no worries spell mistakes do not affect your hearing as verbal non british accent ,so...)
Abu Dhabi airport ought to be on your list!
It has amazing blue mosaiced pyramid cones supporting the roof. It is a very exciting and unusual space and you really feel you have arrived somewhere very different.
I wonder why Vancouver airport is not on the list.
It is a beautiful airport with outstanding sculptures, art and water features. Unlike Toronto, the luggage carts at Vancouver are FREE for arriving passengers. I hate paying $2.00 for a buggy in Toronto and when I return the buggy only get 25 cents back. Toronto's Pearson airport is a ripoff ! ! ! A very unfriendly airport.
Oh please, please send British Airports Authority to look at the Singapore, Thailand and Bangkok airports for the care they take to make people feel happy in their surroundings. But keep them out of HK - it's lovely but the prices on the shops are dreadful.
The British only know how to pack people through, not to make them feel human and comfortable. No decent seating, nothing.
Agreed Vancouver?! Where is this on the list?? Waterfalls and features as you walk to passport control...makes waiting to get your passport checked actually quite pleasureable!
Also Victoria airport on Vancouver Island is the only airport in the world to have had the runway close due to whales... Stunning scenery in that part of the world and Victoria Habour is lovely.