These airports are so beautiful you won’t want to leave

Many modern airports aren’t merely transportation hubs; they’re also design feats, full of fine dining, designer shops and more

The world’s best airport — according to air transport rating organization Skytrax’s rankings — is, unsurprisingly, one of the most beautiful.

Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Qatar’s stunning Hamad International Airport opened in April 2014 and currently accommodates over 35 million passengers per year.

Hamad International Airport, Qatar

Incheon International, South Korea’s largest airport, doubles as an arts and culture performance venue, hosting mini-concerts, art exhibits, dance recitals and Korean history lessons.

Incheon International Airport, South Korea

The airport, located in Mumbai, India, has won several awards since undergoing modernization beginning in 2006, including the 2008 “Airport of the Year” award by Frost & Sullivan Aeronautical Excellence.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, India

The second-largest (and only international) airport in the UAE boasts designer shops, children’s play areas, two airport hotels, numerous lounges and a 924-square-meter VIP terminal.

Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates

The second largest airport in Europe, located in northeast Madrid, has four passenger terminals, one satellite building and two docks.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, Spain

One of the busiest airports in the U.S. O’Hare’s most notable feature is, perhaps, its underground rainbow tunnel, connecting Concourse A to Concourse B in Terminal 1.

Chicago O’Hare Airport, United States

The flagship terminal is full of other flourishes, including polished tile floors, giant, sculptural air conditioning vents and some brightly colored windows.

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, China

Colorado’s Denver International Airport is among the world’s busiest — and most beautiful — airports, hosting 69 million passengers in 2019.

Denver International Airport, United States

The airport’s massive single terminal can host up to 200 million passengers, who can visit local and designer shops, 150 eateries, several salons and a spa specializing in massage packages.

Istanbul Airport, Turkey

From the peaks of Denver to a gem at a southern tip of the world, curb your urge to travel by “visiting” 26 of the world’s most beautiful airports.

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