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International survey reveals travellers’ dream airport

Cinema beats beds and books to top list of 10,000 plane passengers’ most wanted airport features.

Cinema beats beds and books to top list of plane passengers’ most wanted airport features.

A CINEMA is the most-wanted airport facility, our global survey of more than 10,000 travellers has revealed.

We asked people what they would most like to see in an airport, with options ranging from a gym to a beach. Worried that their travel plans may prevent them catching the latest blockbusters, a huge 49% of flyers chose a cinema as their dream airport wish, our survey revealed.

‘Sleep pods’ were the second most popular ‘dream airport’ facility, with over a third of respondents voting for a place to lay their heads and catch up on the Zs when flying from A to B, or C.

Despite the rise of e-books, the traditional paperback is clearly still a popular choice among air travellers, as 32% of respondents said they’d love an airport library, making it the third most wanted airport facility. An in-airport library would let holidaymakers immerse themselves in a novel by the pool, then simply return it after landing back home.

A huge 31% of flyers voted for a green outdoor area in their dream airport. A park would no doubt offer a welcome change of environment, especially for those waiting for connecting flights.

Nearly one in three voted for a vanity area offering salon and spa treatments, so they could pamper themselves with last minute massages, manicures and haircuts.

Some of the more unlikely facilities to feature at a dream airport include a gym, with 15% of flyers longing for a last chance at toning their ‘holiday body’ and a karaoke area, with 5% of travellers wishing to kill time and a song.

Top 10 most wanted features:

1. Cinema – 49%
2. Sleep pod – 36%
3. Library – 32%
4. Park – 31%
5. Vanity area – 30%
6. Kids play area – 21%
7. Pool – 20%
8. Gym – 15%
9. Man-made beach – 12%
10. Bikes – 11%

While both males and females were in agreement over their top choice of an airport cinema, there was a greater gender discrepancy with the other most-wanted features. Despite the rise in metrosexual males, a massive 45% of women wanted a vanity area to freshen up compared to just 14% of men and more than 10% of women wanted a personal shopper, compared to just 8% of guys.

Men on the other hand, appear to prefer active entertainment at their dream airport, with a swimming pool voted the fifth most wanted feature, and more than one in 10 guys wanting to tour the airport on complimentary bikes, compared to just 9% of ladies.

Yet flyers may not have to dream for too long. Hong Kong International Airport already boasts a UA IMAX theatre, offering cinema fans a range of IMAX 2D and 3D movies. While the second most popular choice, the sleeping pods facility, has also been introduced at Abu Dhabi Airport for a cost of £8 per hour, offering weary flyers an affordable alternative to a hotel room. Check out our video review of Yotel at Gatwick