Family-friendly airports for parents and kids

June 05, 2019
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    More parents travelling with the kids means family-friendly airports have become an important element of the vacation.

    Family-friendly airports often come with the works, including more greenery, rest pods, and of course, appealing food options.

    These airports have garnered solid reputations as places to relax between flights — in some cases, many of them are worth a visit just on their own.

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  • Changi International Airport, Singapore
    2 / 8 Changi International Airport, Singapore

    Top of the list (obvs) is our own Changi International Airport. But that’s not just local pride speaking.

    Our award-winning airport takes our “garden city” reputation seriously, and thanks to the numerous parks, ponds and even butterfly gardens, being in transit here is almost literally a walk in the park. And now that Jewel Changi Airport has opened, families have flooded the 10-story complex, which has everything from a IMAX cinema to 24-hour food outlets, a kid-focused floor, and more.

    You’ll also find an outdoor pool and a three-floor slide for kids in Terminal 3. The new Terminal 4 is a tribute to local heritage and culture, with a shophouse facade in the departure transit area, a Peranakan art gallery, and even British colonial-themed bathrooms.

    Related: Changi Airport Terminal 4 opens new playground for families and kids

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  • Incheon International, Seoul, South Korea
    3 / 8 Incheon International, Seoul, South Korea

    Another award-winning airport, Incheon prides itself in giving visitors a taste of Korea. The Korean Cultural Museum and Korean Cultural Experience both give travellers a chance to try their hand at Korean crafts, or take in a show.

    You won’t find yourself with nothing to do here, since there’s an indoor ice skating rink, and spa and sauna facilities. There’s even a golf course and a casino – just for adults – which is just a free, five-minute shuttle bus ride away.

    (Also read: Best kid-friendly things to do in Seoul, South Korea)

     

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  • Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
    4 / 8 Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

    When it comes to efficiency, nothing beats Hong Kong International Airport which offers an in-town check-in service at the International Finance Centre in Central, located 40-minutes from the airport by train.

    That means that accessing the city — and not missing your next flight — is easier than ever if you have a few hours to spare on a layover. Even if you don’t leave the airport, you’ll find lots to do. Check out the IMAX Cinema, use the spa and shower facilities, or tuck into the copious amounts of dim sum and local fare on offer.

    (Also read: 11 kid-friendly things to do in Hong Kong)

     

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  • Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar 
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    Whatever time you arrive at Hamad International Airport, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Whether that means you need a power outlet, something to eat or somewhere to lay down for a nap, the airport has it all. There’s also a hotel within the airport — with options for guests staying for few as five hours — with spa and shower facilities.

    (Also read: 5 most kid-friendly airlines flying from Singapore)

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  • Dubai International Airport, Dubai, UAE
    6 / 8 Dubai International Airport, Dubai, UAE

    There’s everything you could need and more at Dubai’s international airport, from snooze pods, to fitness and spa facilities.

    Don’t miss out on visiting the zen garden in Terminal 3 — a lush, tropical sanctuary where you’ll be able to enjoy some quiet time. Be sure to walk around to have a look at the selection of food outlets, as Dubai airport is one of the best in terms of a wide array of eats.

    Besides the usual fast food and sandwich options, it offers up a mind-boggling range of world cuisines, from Indian to Chinese, Mexican, and Italian.

    Heck, even Wolfgang Puck opened up an outlet, his fast-casual The Kitchen (there are only 3 international outlets in the world, with one also at Changi), in Terminal D.

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  • Zurich Airport, Switzerland
    7 / 8 Zurich Airport, Switzerland

    Zurich Airport is only 10 minutes away by train from downtown Zurich so really, any long stopover is an opportunity for a mini-trip to the city. It’s efficient, it’s clean, it’s basically Singapore in Europe and that’s not a bad thing. Be sure to check out the Sprungli Cafe, which serves up some delicious Swiss macarons.

    (Also read: Why these Singapore families take young kids on volunteer trips overseas)

     

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  • Munich International Airport, Germany
    8 / 8 Munich International Airport, Germany

    There’s so much to do at Munich International Airport that it’s actually tempting work it into your travel itinerary, just for the heck of it.

    There’s an on-site brewery and beer garden, spa and massage services scattered throughout the terminals, a Kinderland child care centre with activities and a cinema, and even an 18-hole mini golf course in the Visitor’s Park.

    Wait, we’re not done — the airport boasts seasonal activities and events, from its month-long Christmas market with Bavarian specialties sold by 50 vendors, to an outdoor cafe and surfing installation open in the summer months.

    If you need to rest, the airport provides Napcabs where you can get a private space to sleep.

     

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