Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK’s leading flight price comparison website where you can search and compare the best deals on the market, brings weary travellers quirky ways to while away time at the airport with its Airport Amusements tips page.Departure time doesn’t have to be a misery; with global offerings of airport fun, time at the airport can be a more relaxing experience. And budget travellers needn’t worry - spending time at the airport doesn’t have to equal spending money.
“Whether you’re on a budget or not, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had at the airport prior to departure. I’ve experienced travel delays and found creativity is key to passing time in airports,” says Francesca Ecsery, General Manager for Cheapflights.co.uk.
Recommendations for budget travellers include:
- Observation decks - a growing trend which is now available at most airports including Geneva, which has a rooftop terrace outdoors overlooking the Alps
- Travelling with children - many airports now have playgrounds including the Jetterz Kids Club Lounge at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 and free of charge play areas at Gatwick’s north terminal
- Stay connected - while you wait Cheapflights.co.uk has also developed a tips page on Wifi access at airports around Europe and the UK so you can Tweet, chat to friends on Facebook or pick any number of sites to remain in the loop
- Stay fit in transit - Singapore Changi International offers travellers a pool and Chicago’s O’Hare International offers a fully kitted gym
And for those looking for a truly unique experience, the world of airports is your oyster.
Travellers flying through Bangkok International Airport can stop at the Thai lounge for a spa experience - their pre-flight massages work wonders and are open to both economy and first class passengers. There’s a small cost involved, but it’s well worth the experience.
Visitors returning from San Francisco International Airport can enjoy a cultural experience through the airport’s Aviation Museum offering rotating exhibits which currently include one on The History of Airline Identity.
Food lovers passing through Tokyo’s Narita International airport can look forward to a culinary experience comprising an astounding array of Japanese restaurants with full on sushi chefs. In true Japanese style, the airport offers kooky shopping including one outlet devoted to plane and airline paraphernalia, plus an outdoor observation deck on the fifth floor of Terminal 1.