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Come Fly With Me

You might actually WANT to have a long layover in these airports

A quick dip in a rooftop pool before the next flight? Don’t mind if we do…

HAVING A LONG layover while waiting for your next flight at the airport is often an unpleasant experience, but some airports are adding a variety of entertainment features to make your wait as enjoyable as possible.

These airports have everything from IMAX movie theaters to golf courses and rooftop pools.

From an on-site brewery with live music at the Munich Airport to the planetarium café in Tokyo, here are some airports where you won’t mind having a bit of a wait for your next flight.

Singapore’s Changi Airport

It has a two-story butterfly garden with a 27-foot waterfall, a cacti garden with around 40 species of cacti, and orchid and sunflower gardens.

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It also hosts a rooftop pool, several in-terminal hotels, one of the world’s tallest airport slides at four stories high, and a fish spa that offers treatments like hot stone massages, fish pedicures, and ear candling.

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There’s a reason it’s regularly ranked the No 1 airport in the world.

Dubai International Airport

The airport is home to the world’s biggest duty-free store which measures a staggering 58,000 square feet. You can also head to their G-Force Gym where you’ll find a swimming pool, shower and massages or try out the fern Zen gardens for some relaxation.

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Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

Here travellers can gaze at millions of stars that light the Starry Cafe planetarium, or sample traditional sushi, ramen, kushiage, tonkatsu, and sukiyaki in its vibrant Edo Marketplace.

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Munich Airport

You can sample staple German beers at the airport’s Airbräu brewery, which houses a beer garden with live music, or test your surfing skills at its ‘Surf & Style’ event that runs from July to August and offers the world’s biggest artificial standing wave.

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

This airport in Austin Texas hosts live music concerts giving you the chance to catch shows featuring everything from jazz to swing.

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Seoul’s Incheon Airport

It has two movie theatres, an ice skating rink, 18-hole putting course, and seven gardens. You’ll also find live music and dance performances at its culture centre.

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Hong Kong International Airport

Travellers can enjoy a round on its nine-hole golf course, catch a flick on the country’s largest IMAX Screen, take your children to the Dream Come True Education Park (which offers a mini-version of a nursery, hospital, spaceship, fire station, and airport), or play the latest PS3 games at the PlayStation Gateway gaming area.

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At the Zurich Airport in Switzerland

Here you can rent sports bikes, inline skates, and Nordic walking poles to explore the area outside the airport during long layovers.

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