Airports’ efforts to offer activities that are both healthier and more fun for business travelers has been so successful that hubs are on track to earn greater revenue from retail, food, and entertainment than aviation.
Airport layovers can be the most gruesome leg of a journey. But airports are increasingly getting wise to the needs of their passengers, offering a range of amenities from swimming pools to yoga studios and even a golf course.
Hong Kong International is known by many golfers for its nine-hole course, visitors to Seoul can take a spin on the ice skating rink at Incheon Airport, while travelers can take in an art exhibit or a classical piano lesson while on layover in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
Arguably, Singapore’s Changi Airport spearheaded the trend back in the mid-1990s, when it introduced a rooftop swimming pool and free internet terminals.