List of most wanted airport features
Tuesday 2, July 2013
A global survey of more than 10,000 travellers has revealed a cinema as the most desired airport facility.
Worried that their travel plans may prevent them catching the latest blockbusters, a huge 49% of flyers chose an on-site cinema as their dream airport wish, reveals global travel search site Skyscanner.
Designated sleeping areas allowing travellers the opportunity to catch up on a few hours' sleep also fared well, with over a third of respondents voting for sleep pods at their dream airport, making it the second most popular facility.
Despite the rise of e-books, the traditional paperback is clearly still a popular choice with 32% of travellers wishing for an airport library, making it the third most wanted airport facility, and allowing holidaymakers to immerse themselves in a novel by the pool, then simply return it after landing back home.
A huge 31% of flyers voted for a green outdoor area in their dream airport. A park was the fourth most popular airport facility, which would no doubt offer a welcome change of environment, especially for those waiting for connecting flights.
The fifth most popular facility in a dream airport, with one in three travellers wishing for it, is a vanity area offering salon and spa treatments, allowing holidaymakers to pamper themselves with last minute massages, manicures and haircuts.
Some of the more unlikely facilities to feature at a dream airport include a gym, with 15% of flyers longing for a last chance at toning their 'holiday body' and a karaoke area, with 5% of travellers wishing to kill time and a song.
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While both males and females were in agreement over their top choice of an airport cinema, there was a greater gender discrepancy with the other most wanted features. Despite the rise in metrosexual males, a massive 45% of women wanted a vanity area to freshen up compared to just 14% of men and more than 10 percent of women wanted a personal shopper, compared to just 8% of guys.
Men on the other hand, appear to prefer active entertainment at their dream airport, with a swimming pool voted the fifth most wanted feature, and more than one in 10 guys wanting to tour the airport on complimentary bikes, compared to just 9% of ladies.
Yet flyers may not have to dream for too long. Hong Kong International Airport already boasts a UA IMAX theatre, offering cinema fans a range of IMAX 2D and 3D movies. While the second most popular choice, the sleeping pods facility, has also been introduced at Abu Dhabi Airport for a cost of £8 per hour, offering weary flyers an affordable alternative to a hotel room.
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