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Discover the World’s Most Luxurious Airports!

Going to the airport can be an exciting part of going on holiday. Once you’re through security it seems as though all time stops while you sample designer perfumes, have a breakfast mimosa and try on new sunglasses – until you must race to your gate!

However, some airports are certainly better than others when it comes to the level of comfort. With delays, and layovers that can feel like they go on forever, comfort is the top priority – particularly if you’re an over 70’s traveller and hoping to get to your destination feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy your holiday. With all of this in mind, we decided to investigate which of the world’s airports offer the most luxurious experience, giving travellers the utmost comfort before they take to the skies.

We analysed over 1,800 airports before whittling them down to a shortlist of 69, based on how many had a significant selection of passenger lounges available (minimum 10). Each airport was then scored on several factors, from how many designer shops it has, to how many 4- and 5-star hotels are located nearby. Each airport was also given a score based on how many lounges are available to passengers, and whether you can find a champagne bar or caviar house to rest at while waiting to board.

Dubai International Airport reigns supreme as the world’s most luxurious.

The world’s most luxurious airport, according to our rankings, is in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai airport, which sees 90 million passengers transit through it per year, lands in first place as the go-to airport for anyone seeking a luxurious start to their layover.

Following closely behind is the UK’s very own Heathrow Airport, located in London, while Doha International Airport in Qatar completes the top three.

The rest of the top 20 consists of a variety of other airports located all over the globe, ranging from international hotspots for travellers like Paris and Germany, all the way to Thailand, the USA and Japan.

The 20 airports that offer the best luxury experience 

Rank  Airport  Lounge score  Luxury brand score  Champagne & caviar score  High-end hotel score  Total Luxury Score /100 
Dubai International Airport  24  19  10  30  83 
London Heathrow Airport  30  28  10  14  82 
Hamad International Airport  13  23  10  27  73 
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport  17  28  10  12  66 
Sydney International Airport  16  30  10  61 
Singapore Changi Airport  19  29  10  61 
Suvarnabhumi International Airport  30  20  55 
Hong Kong International Airport  13  26  10  52 
Frankfurt Airport  19  22  10  52 
10  Narita International Airport  19  18  10  49 
11  New York John F. Kennedy International Airport  22  16  10  48 
12  Incheon International Airport  18  25  45 
13  Munich Airport  15  19  10  45 
14  Zurich Airport  12  18  10  44 
15  Tokyo Haneda International Airport  22  20  42 
16  Los Angeles International Airport  18  18  40 
17  Toronto Pearson International Airport  12  13  10  37 
18  Beijing Capital International Airport  20  14  37 
19  Osaka Kansai International Airport  12  20  37 
20  Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport  12  17  36 

Dubai International Airport – Luxury score of 83/100

Dubai as a destination is well known across the world for luxury and wealth, so it’s not too surprising that the airport ranks as the most luxurious on the globe. The airport is the fastest-growing aviation hub in the world, and it even has its own 5-star hotel located inside the airport itself. With zen gardens, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, cinemas and a bounty of restaurants – this is one airport that will certainly leave you feeling refreshed ahead of jumping on your flight. The factor that clinched the win for Dubai Airport is the number of four- and five-star hotels within a three-mile radius of the airport, with over 70 luxury hotels for travellers to choose from.

London Heathrow Airport – Luxury score of 82/100

London has four different airports but Heathrow, which is often recognised as the busiest airport in Europe, just missed out on being crowned the world’s most luxurious by one small point. With an impressive ‘luxury’ score of 82 out of 100, Heathrow scored a bounty of points for having both one of the largest numbers of lounges to choose from, while also having the majority of the world’s most luxury shopping brands available for passengers to browse while they wait to board.

Doha International Airport – Luxury score of 73/100

Qatar airport is home to the world’s third most luxurious airport, and believe it or not, the airport alone is about a third of the size of Doha, the city it’s located in. This beautiful airport has a roof shaped like a wave, while the interior is designed with an aquatic theme. Water features run throughout, and all represent the gentle waves of the Arabian gulf. Doha’s airport also scored highly for the number of four- and five-star hotels within its vicinity, as well as having many luxury brands like Hermès and Montblanc for shopping-hungry passengers.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – Luxury score of 66/100

Handling 70 million passengers each year, Paris’ main airport is the second busiest in Europe, after Heathrow. One of the most renowned airports worldwide, U2 even filmed their music video for “Beautiful Day” at this globally renowned airport. The airport scored highly on the sheer number of luxury brands available for perusal, from Louis Vuitton to Yves Saint Laurent and Bvlgari, but also plays host to its own onsite hotel, and fantastic transport links into the European city of love.

Sydney International Airport – Luxury score of 61/100

Sitting down under, is the first Oceanic airport in the rankings. Sydney’s international airport completes the top five most luxurious worldwide airports, with top marks for luxury brands available across its terminals, the likes of which include Cartier, Rolex and Armani. This luxury airport is the world’s oldest continually operating commercial international airport and impresses passengers with a runway that extends into Botany Bay – with runway lights positioned on the water making landings here incredibly picturesque.

If all this talk about airports has whet your appetite for an adventure, remember make sure you’re covered for your trip with over 70s Travel Insurance before you set off, so you’re protected from any unexpected events or emergencies that might occur while you’re away.

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