For most of us, the experience of being in an airport is to be endured rather than appreciated, with little thought for the quality of the architecture. No matter how hard even the world's best architects have tried, it is difficult to make a beautiful airport...And yet such places do exist. Cathedrals of the jet age that offer something of the transcendence of flight even in an era of mass travel and budget fares. Here are twenty-one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
Alexander Gutzmer is the chief editor of the architecture magazineBaumeister and editorial director at the publisher Callwey. He also teaches at the Department of Corporate Communications at the Quadriga Hochschule Berlin. Laura Frommberg and Stefan Eiselin are business journalists and publishers of the largest German language blog on the subject of air travel: areotelegraph.com.
WLG Wellington, New Zealand KIX Kansai, Japan SZX Shenzen, China DCY Dabba, Tibet BOM Mumbai, India XXX Queen Tamar, Georgia JED Jeddah, Saudi Arabia LED St Petersburg, Russia TXL Berlin, Germany CPH Copenhagen, Denmark MUC Munich, Germany CDG Paris, France STN Stansted, UK ILD Lleida, Spain MAD Madrid, Spain RAK Marrakech, Morocco SDU Rio de Janeiro, Brazil MVD Montevideo, Uruguay USH Ushuaia, Argentina JFK New York, USA 90NM Upham NM, USA