New Age Terminal

Business Traveller India|January 2020

New Age Terminal
From being entertainment hubs to encompassing futuristic technology, international airports are now evolving
Akanksha Maker

When Viktor Navorski got stranded at an airport in Steven Spielberg’s movie The Terminal that released in 2004, I sympathized with him. Those unending hours spent living out of a suitcase didn’t seem so appealing. However, if the movie was remade today, I’m sure it would have another perspective. Perhaps, Viktor would be seen enjoying therapeutic spa treatments at an airport spa after an indulgent meal at Wagamama. He could then check-in into a chic airport hotel — living his best life and not being too upset about a missed flight.

That’s because the airport experience has evolved a great deal over the last decade. Layovers aren’t those pointless hours spent mastering the art of doing nothing or as the Italian say — la dolce far niente — anymore. Rather, it’s become more about living the “the good life” — or as the Italian say — la dolce vita.

Airport layovers are soon transitioning into mini vacations if time is a luxury on hand. A meal in the choicest of the restaurants or sanative spa therapy is now passé. Select airports are going the extra mile to ensure your time is made the most of. From being entertainment hubs to encompassing futuristic technology whilst showcasing the best in art, airports are evolving and here is how.

ENTERTAINMENT HUBS

If you’re flying out of Frankfurt airport anytime soon, catching a flick before your flight should be on your list. That’s because the two Movie Worlds in Piers A and Z are inviting passengers in transit to watch the latest blockbusters for free. Comfortable couches for up to three persons are arranged in front of TV screens, just like at home. Singapore’s Changi airport also caters to the cinema aficionado with its 24-hour movie theatres in Terminals 2 and 3. Screenings are available free of charge and I reckon there isn’t a better way to spend your time waiting for your flight! But if you disagree, Singapore’s airport has a host of other entertainment options that ought to keep you more than just occupied. From Jewel Changi airport’s 14,000 sqm Canopy Park that features attractions and gardens to the Changi Experience Studio — a unique space with immersions across 20 different touch-points, there’s something for everyone here. The latter is home to interactive games, projection storytelling, experiential shows, and gallery exhibits.

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