Four Top Airports For Business Travellers
Business travellers today want more from an airport than good restaurants and bars to pass the time while waiting for a connecting flight. In a digital era, where just as many contacts and deals are made online as they are offline, business travellers need airports that facilitate and support this new way of doing business.
They want strong Wi-Fi for fast uploads and downloads, private workstations for Skype calls, business lounges for meetings and even a snooze room for a quick recharge. If an airport can throw in smooth security checks and fast-moving lines at immigration, even better.
woman with drive has pinpointed four international airports that tick these boxes.
Changi International Airport, Singapore
Most business travellers take advantage of long-haul flights to catch up on work. Unfortunately the combination of dry cabin air and too much screen time can take a serious toll on your eyes. Thank goodness then if your layover is at Changi International’s “green terminal”. The building’s numerous skylights and nature trails will not only soothe your tired peepers but also pep you up.
Once you are ready to dive back into work, head over to The Haven, the Plaza Premium Lounge or the Ambassador Transit Lounge. The pay-per-use lounges at these three areas offer a complimentary range of beverages and meals, access to business areas with Apple Macs and PCs as well as free – and fast! – Wi-Fi. There are also meeting rooms, gymnasiums, showers and nap suites. And should you decide to mix business with pleasure, there are enough attractions in Changi Airport to keep the family occupied while you work.
What else can you expect from an airport that has been voted World’s Best Airport for three years running?
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands
Any airport that greets you with smooth security check-in is one that understands the true meaning of good customer experience. Once you clear security, Schiphol Airport will treat you to free premium Wi-Fi, a waiting lounge designed for business meetings, four boardrooms and even assistance getting business associates swiftly through airport formalities. The airport also takes care of its business guests outside its doors with its Schiphol Business Taxi that gets you to your destination in pure comfort and style. No surprise then that British business travellers voted this airport as Best Airport in Europe.
Hong Kong International Airport
No matter how long the wait between connecting flights, that time is never wasted at Hong Kong International Airport. Its Wing Lounge is one of the best airport lounges in the world with an 80-foot bar, private showers and baths, and private cubicles so you can arrive at your next meeting fully refreshed. If that meeting is taking place in the city, skip the cabs and get on the Airport Express for a speedy 24-minute train ride there. And if you happen to bump into a business contact at the airport, take that conversation to the exclusive World Trade Centre Club.
Incheon International Airport, South Korea
What earns an airport the reputation of being the fastest in the world? The answer – an immigration line that is an average of only 19 minutes at departure and an average of 12 minutes at arrival. It is precisely for this reason that Icheon International Airport held a 7-year record of Best Airport Worldwide in a ranking by the Airports Council International. And as if speed is not enough, the airport is also known for having the lowest baggage mishandling rates so you never have to spend your flight worrying if you will need to squeeze in an emergency shopping trip en route to your business meeting.
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