July 4, 2013, 7:45 a.m.
On-site movie theaters and sleeping areas. Those topped the list of amenities that travelers said they wanted at their dream airport. Scotland-based travel website Skyscanner asked 10,000 travelers worldwide what services would improve their airport experience.
According to the website‘s survey, the rest of the top 10 are:
— Libraries that would allow you to grab a book for the trip and return it when you land
— Hair salons and spa treatments
— Children’s play areas
— Fitness centers
— Man-made beaches
Many airports already offer services such as massages and hair salons, and some feature sleeping areas. Minute Suites, for example, offers places to get horizontal at airports in Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Others are ahead of the curve. Hong Kong International, for example, has an Imax theater that holds 350 people — pricesrange from $45 to $60 a ticket, according to the website — and a nine-hole golf course, which costs about $45 to $83 for a round. It also features something called the Dream Come True Education Park where children can play grown-up and learn what working life is all about.
Singapore’s Changi Airport offers travelers the use of aswimming pool and Jacuzzi at the Ambassador Transit Hotel (for $13.91, the website says), fitness centers and nature trails that run through the airport’s koi ponds and green spaces, including a Butterfly Garden.