Even though airports are making great efforts to smooth the check-in, security and boarding procedures, travellers still spend a lot of time at the airports. Waiting lines, flight delays and cancellations are less painful when you know that airports offer facilities to help you spend time effectively and pleasantly rather than to sleep on the bench like Tom Hanks in “The Terminal”. We have prepared a list of the airports that take business travellers’ needs seriously.
Business travellers visiting Zurich Airport will be happy to discover 3 dedicated lounges in Terminal E: First Class, Business Class and Senator. The spacious relaxing areas are conveniently located near the departure gates and feature outdoor terraces with views of the airport tarmac and the Swiss Alps. The new spaces have been divided into working areas and rest zones that guarantee more privacy, as well as open spaces that encourage networking or relaxing in bigger groups. All lounges offer fresh meals, while the Senator Lounge boasts a Whisky Bar offering over 120 different whiskies.
Who would guess it’s an airport? A cozy corner at the Zurich Airport Business Lounge. Your temporary home in Zurich: VISIONAPARTMENTS
London Heathrow Airport
If you happen to have a spare hour at the London Heathrow Airport, head to Terminal 5 where you will find Plane Food – a premium restaurant by the Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay. The energetic restaurateur, TV personality and author owns 25 restaurants across the globe. Plane Food is special because you have to wait maximum 25 minutes to have a high-quality, delicious slow food served to your table – without the need to book a place in advance. Say goodbye to the hibernated sandwiches in coffee shops or food court fast food. London’s Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. As such, airport authorities have been on a constant quest to improve their facilities addressed at most frequent travellers who want to use their airport time effectively. Therefore, Heathrow offers four hours of Wi-Fi free as well as Fast Track priority services for business executives for a faster check-in and boarding. Each of five Heathrow Terminals provides a business lounge where you can avoid the airport crowd and make use of the amenities including a peaceful air conditioned atmosphere, comfortable seating arrangements, beverages, snacks, magazines and Wi-Fi to keep you engaged. Your temporary home in London: Cheval Residences
Munich Franz Josef Strauss (MUC) is the biggest airport in the German state of Bavaria. During a stopover, business travellers can enjoy various wellness treatments offered in Terminal 2. In Kempinsky Fit & Fly SPA guests will be welcomed by an indoor pool, sauna, solarium and gym. Also in the Terminal 2, The Cosmetic Institute lures with premium cosmetic facial and body treatments, manicures and a wide range of wellness options for full body care. The Cosmetic Institute is an elegant beauty lounge with a pure spa-like decor waiting to pamper discerning customers. If you get hungry after the treatments, visit Airbräu, an authentic Bavarian brewery where you can sip pints of lager at a communal wooden table and try traditional German food. In warm summer weather there’s even outdoor seating in the greenery.
Taste traditional Bavarian beer and food at the Munich Airport. Your temporary home in Munich: VISIONAPARTMENTS
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The airport boasts an exhibition showcasing a selection of works of famous Dutch masters that belong to the renowned Rijksmuseum, one of the best art museums in the world. Opened in December 2002, the museum at Schiphol is the first one ever that is located at an airport, and it’s also the only external branch of the Rijksmuseum. Currently closed due to a large-scale renovation project, the airport art museum will open again in the autumn of 2016, at a new location on the Holland Boulevard (the area on the first floor of the terminal building between Piers E and F).
Admire the works of the Dutch masters from the Rijksmuseum at the Schiphol Airport Art Gallery. Your temporary home in Amsterdam: Cityden
Barcelona El Prat Airport
Imagine you and your colleagues take a flight to a distant country for a business trip. The journey takes several hours as you have to change flights, and you have a 3 hour layover in Barcelona. A smart solution for business travellers is the Business Center located in the Air Freight Facility at Terminal 1 of the El Prat Airport. It contains 5 fully equipped boardrooms and 5 offices, all fitted with audiovisual systems and air conditioning, which can be adapted for any type of event. Now you can hold a presentation, meeting or a training course between your flights and don’t waste time sniffing perfumes in the duty-free shops. Upon request, the Business Center staff will arrange a business lunch, buffet and cocktails. When the work is done, you can relax in a fitness area with a gym, change room and showers. Your temporary home in Barcelona: Splendom Suites