The World’s Most Beautiful Airport Terminals

The beauty and design ingenuity of airport terminals – where travellers spend so much of their time in the world. The architecturally designed airport terminals are top of the class redefining beauty.


Here’s a Sneak Peak into World’s Best Airport Terminals. See Pictures:




Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3, New Delhi

Indira Gandhi International Airport serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, India.






Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 had opened since 9 January 2008. The project costs S$1.75 billion and took about 7 years to construct. The terminal has 28 aerobridge gates, with eight capable of handling the Airbus A380








Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport T2, Mumbai

The new iconic Terminal 2, is India’s first and most advanced vertical passenger terminal that integrates world class design, architecture, infrastructure and operational efficiency, with a rich infusion of Indian heritage and cultural character. The transformation of CSIA, a brown-field project, is a one-of-its-kind unique infrastructural project in the world, unlike any other airport development projects.





Retouched by Peter Coe


Retouched by Peter Coe

Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay

This new terminal at Carrasco International Airport was designed by the renowned architect Uruguayan Rafael Viñoly. It symbolizes a milestone for the country in terms of investment, architecture, high quality services, technology, and innovation.






Queen Tamar Airport, Georgia

Queen Tamar Airport, or Mestia Airport, is a small airport serving Mestia, a town in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia. It is named for the legendary Georgian Queen Tamar, the only ruling queen in Georgian history to be given the male-monarch title.






London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 5)

As the third busiest airport in the world, it’s not surprising Heathrow’s undergone an enormous amount of renovation and expansion; however, its more modern terminals—specifically Terminal 5—are what really stand out. Its loftiness and floor-to-ceiling views can give the sense that you’re lounging in a giant airship.






Beijing Capital International Airport

Built in anticipation of the masses that would pass through en route to the 2008 Olympic games, Terminal 3 is two miles long and one of the largest buildings in the world. It also gets an incredible amount of natural light through a mesh of skylights that tint white, yellow, and red as you pass through the concourse.




Dubai International Airport

Designed by the same French guy who dreamed up a whole slew of other airports in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Brunei, Manila, Shanghai, and Jakarta, plus Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly. The man knows exactly what he was put on this Earth to do.






Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, Madrid

Originally opened in 1931, this airport now specialises in travel to Latin America, with direct flights to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago de Chile. Architects Richard Rogers and Antonio Lamela designed the Terminal Four building – which opened in 2006 – with the unifying element being the use of bamboo, to create a sense of calm.

Large windows in the roof allow natural light to enter a terminal that, along with its satellite building 1.5 miles away, covers 760,000 square metres. The two buildings are connected by an underground railway.






The airport welcomes 32.3 million passengers a year, a number made possible by the sweeping design of the third terminal, opened in 2013. It has 63 fixed gates, 15 movable gates and a ceiling that is 79 metres high.






Wellington International Airport, New Zealand

Created by Studio Pacific Architecture and Warren & Mahoney, this airport, nicknamed ‘the Rock’, was inspired by the legend of sea monsters Ngake and Whataitai. The exterior has been designed to look like ‘dangerous cliffs’, with elaborate copper plates meant to reflect light like water on stones.

High windows focus pools of light into the terminal and there’s an extensive use of wood and, where possible, ramps are used instead of steps and escalators (perhaps sea monsters had trouble with those).






Lleida-Alguaire Airport, Lleida, Spain

Conceived and created before the financial crisis of 2008, Lledia, in Catalonia, was designed to handle 400,000 passengers a year; it now welcomes fewer than 40,000 annually. It still offers direct flights to Spanish cities, as well as to the UK and Israel in the summer.

The airport’s control tower is 41 metres high and is joined to the terminal building. The front of the terminal is clad with metal plates in shades of olive, green and brown.






King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

While the airport terminal itself is somewhat bland, behind it lies a compelling complex of tent-like structures built to resemble Bedouin dwellings. A total of 210 steel pylons, each 45 metres high, carry the ‘tents’, which are made of white Teflon-coated glass fibre.

Beneath the airport’s ‘tents’ is an open space of almost 500,000 square metres, designed to accommodate 80,000 passengers at any one time. There is also a souk and a mosque.






Marrakech Menara Airport, Morocco

An airport developed in the early 2000s to try and cope with increasing tourist numbers, Menara has a curved, concrete roof and large triangular windows painted with Arabic designs. Design partnership E2A of Casablanca and French firm CR have combined to create a beautiful mix of tradition and modern architecture.

The terminal’s ceiling is a steel structure clad in aluminium and includes windows that allow for plenty of natural light. The windows also serve another purpose: instead of being made of glass, they are pyramids made of photovoltaic modules – and help to generate power.

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