Inauguration date: 1994
Kansai International Airport is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Kansai International Airport (KIA) is pushing forward with an expansion programme that includes the construction of two new runways and a passenger terminal off the existing airport island. The materials used ensure that it is resistant to natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.
#9 Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, China
Inauguration date: 2008
Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport serving Beijing. The construction of Terminal 3 at the Beijing Capital International Airport was designed by the architectural firm Norman Foster. Its purpose was to welcome the athletes of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Its design is influenced by a blend of traditional Chinese culture with modern architectural trends, creating the form of a fish, with parts of the structure in the form of scales, and using red and yellow flag as symbols of China.
#8 Terminal 4, Madrid-Barajas International Airport, Madrid, Spain
Inauguration date: 2006
Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. The airport’s architecture highlights simplicity, adaptability, robustness and flexibility, with the main objective being to convey peace, tranquility, calmness and lightness to travelers passing through. The materials used in its construction (integrated steel and bamboo) are environmentally friendly and take advantage of as much natural light as possible. It looks beautiful.
#7 TWA Terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, USA
Inauguration date: 1962
The TWA Flight Center opened May 28, 1962 as a standalone terminal at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) for Trans World Airlines. The new Jet Blue terminal is nearing completion and will be connected to the Saarinen building through the two historic “Flight Tubes” that originally brought passengers to the departure gates.
#6 Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay
Inauguration date: 2009
Carrasco/General Cesareo L. Berisso International Airport is the main airport serving Montevideo, Uruguay, located in the adjoining department of Canelones. It is the largest airport in Uruguay. This new terminal at Carrasco International Airport was designed by the renowned architect Uruguayan Rafael Vinoly. Inside, the departures hall is a great, sunlit room, like an old train station, and a top floor terrace instructions sweeping views of the runways.
#5 Bilbao Airport, Bilbao, Spain
Inauguration date: 2010
The Bilbao Airport is among the six most gainful Spanish airports. It is popularly known as “La Paloma” because it was designed to look like a bird taking flight. It is the 2nd most important bases for Vueling, with the second highest number of destinations offered. The Vizcayan capital and its airport are linked by highway, which makes the journey quick and easy.
#4 Denver International Airport, Colorado, USA
Inauguration date: 2010
Denver International Airport often referred to as DIA, is an airport in Denver, Colorado. The airport is quite curious on a symbolic level which has led to many theory which together make up “The Denver Airport Conspiracy”. There is a picture in the main hall representing a Nazi soldier attacking the dove of peace, and at the entrance of the airport there is a horse that fits the biblical description of the horse of the Apocalypse.
#3 Menara International Airport, Marrakech, Morocco
Inauguration date: 1952
Marrakesh Menara Airport is an airport serving Marrakesh, the capital city of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region in Morocco. The only airport in Marrakech and though it is very small and simple, it is one of the most beautiful in the world due to its facade created during a recent expansion. As one of Africa’s Top 20 busiest airports, Marrakech handles almost 3 million passengers per year.
#2 Dubai World Central International Airport, Dubai, UAE
Inauguration date: 2010
Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport is the official name of a major airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. Dubai World Central is designed eventually to cater to 160 million passengers, which would make it the world’s largest airport on completion. It is supposed ultimately to replace the emirate’s current international airport, Dubai International – though this will not happen before next decade at the earliest.
#1 Incheon International Airport, Incheon, South Korea
Inauguration date: 2001
Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul National Capital Area, and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005, it has consecutively been rated as the best airport in the world by the Airports Council International and has received the full 5 stars in position from Skytrax. It has a golf course, spa, private dorms, a casino and indoor gardens. Incheon International Airport in Seoul scoops the title as the World’s Best Airport for 2012.