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Airports are a vital part of our travels and also our lives. They are a point of going away and arrival, transitional spaces, points of meeting or separation. Every time we fly, we spend at least a few hours in the airport, so it’s always a enjoyable surprise when the airport is at ease and it’s an added bonus if it is architecturally interesting and beautiful as well. Here are 10 of the most best and beautiful airports in the world.

1. Incheon International Airport, Incheon, South Korea

Incehon International Airport,- South Korea

Inauguration date: 2001

Interesting fact: The largest airport in South Korea and one of the largest and busiest in the world. Since 2005, it has consecutively been rated as the best airport in the world by the Airports Council International and has received the full 5 stars in position from Skytrax. It has a golf course, spa, private dorms, a casino and indoor gardens. Incheon International Airport in Seoul scoops the title as the World’s Best Airport for 2012

Flights to Seoul

2. Dubai World Central International Airport, Dubai, UAE

Dubai World Inaternational Airport-Dubai

Inauguration date: 2010

Dubai’s new international airport, which started cargo operations in 2010, will open its long-delayed passenger terminal on October 27 with two budget airlines launching services there, airport establishment said on Wednesday. European low-cost carrier Wizz Air and Saudi Arabia‘s nasair will begin passenger operations into Dubai World Central, Dubai Airports said in a statement. Dubai World Central is designed eventually to cater to 160 million passengers, which would make it the world’s largest airport on completion. It is supposed ultimately to replace the emirate’s current international airport, Dubai International - though this will not happen before next decade at the earliest.

Flights to Dubai

3. Menara International Airport, Marrakech, Morocco

Menara International Airport - Marrakech -Morocco

Inauguration date: 1952

The only airport in Marrakech and though it is very small and simple, it is one of the most beautiful in the world due to its facade created during a recent expansion. Marrakech-Menara Airport (airport code RAK) is located 6 kilometers southwest of the center of Marrakech in central Morocco. The airport has two terminals, 1 and 2. Terminal 1 opened in 2008 and is partially motorized by solar energy. As one of Africa’s Top 20 busiest airports, Marrakech handles almost 3 million passengers per year. Transport into the city is by public bus, car rental or taxi. Originally a US Army Air Force Base during World War II, over 50 air carriers provide service to travelers from Arabia and Europe.

Flights to Marrakech

4. Denver International Airport, Colorado, USA

Denver International Airport - Colorado- USA

Inauguration date: 2010

The airport is quite curious on a symbolic level which has led to many theory which together make up “The Denver Airport Conspiracy”. Throughout the building there are several references to Nazism: the runways form a swastika-like shape, there is a picture in the main hall representing a Nazi soldier attacking the dove of peace, and at the entrance of the airport there is a horse that fits the biblical description of the horse of the Apocalypse. Another attractive piece is the granite monument which is said to contain a “time capsule” that can only be opened in 2094.

Flights to Denver

5. Bilbao Airport, Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao Airport- Spain

Inauguration date: 2010

The Bilbao Airport is among the six most gainful Spanish airports. It is popularly known as “La Paloma” because it was designed to look like a bird taking flight. Bilbao Airport lies 12 kilometres away from the city, in the Loiu district. The Vizcayan capital and its airport are linked by highway, which makes the journey quick and easy

Flights to Bilbao

6. Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay

Carrasco International Airport- Montevideo- Uruguay_1

Inauguration date: 2009

This new terminal at Carrasco International Airport was designed by the renowned architect Uruguayan Rafael Vi~noly. It symbolizes a milestone for the country in terms of asset, architecture, high quality services, technology, and innovation. In spirit, it’s like Saarinen’s TWA Terminal, but in style, it’s more similar to the JFK’s global arrivals hall designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. A 1,000-foot-long, low arch, it is as simple as a child’s drawing of an airport, one unbroken, graceful curve. Inside, the departures hall is a great, sunlit room, like an old train station, and a top floor terrace instructions sweeping views of the runways.

Flights to Montevideo

7. TWA Terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, USA

TWA Terminal- John F.Kennedy International Airport-Newyork

Inauguration date: 1962

The new Jet Blue terminal is nearing completion and will be connected to the Saarinen building through the two historic “Flight Tubes” that originally brought passengers to the departure gates. Efforts to save a portion of the original departures waiting room, dubbed “the trumpet” due to its flaring floorplan, was commenced but then abandoned when the Port Authority petitioned the State Historic Preservation Office and other members of the RAC to allow it to use the monies allocated to the trumpet to instead begin in the restoration of the Saarinen terminal proper.

Flights to NYC

8. Terminal 4, Madrid-Barajas International Airport, Madrid, Spain

Terminal -4- Madrid-Barajas Inaternational Airport-Spain

Inauguration date: 2006

The airport’s architecture highlights simplicity, adaptability, robustness and flexibility, with the main objective being to convey peace, tranquility, calmness and lightness to travelers passing through. The materials used in its construction (integrated steel and bamboo) are environmentally friendly and take advantage of as much natural light as possible.

Flights to Madrid

9. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, China

Terminal 3-Beijing Capital Inaternational Airport- China

Inauguration date: 2008

The constructuion of Terminal 3 at the Beijing Capital International Airport was designed by the architectural firm Norman Foster. Its purpose was to welcome the athletes of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Its design is influenced by a blend of traditional Chinese culture with modern architectural trends, creating the form of a fish, with parts of the structure in the form of scales, and using red and yellow flag as symbols of China.

Flights to Beijing

10. Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan

Kansai International Airport- Osaka-Japan

Inauguration date: 1994

Kansai International Airport (KIA) is pushing forward with an expansion programme that includes the construction of two new runways and a passenger terminal off the existing airport island. A new runway has already been constructed and plans to construct one more runway and an extra terminal building are being considered. The construction of the airport took 38 months and involved the work of about a million employees. It is built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, Japan with a runway that is 4km long. The materials used ensure that it is resistant to natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.

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