Airports across the United States are continuing to expand the number of services they offer in an effort to take some stress out of flying, set themselves apart from rival airports, and bring in more revenue.
A survey by Airports Council International-North America, which represents commercial airport owners and operators in the U.S. and Canada, gathered information from 89 airports. Did you know that Xpress Spa has 53 spas in 26 US airports? And forget the fast food chains. Restaurants like Wolfgang Puck have many airport locations with healthy menu selections, and offer a place to relax with a perfect glass of wine.
For long layovers or an early arrival into Los Angeles, there is an 18-hole golf course next door. And the Minneapolis airport has a 24 hour Pet Hotel. You can drop off Fido before your trip and pick him up on the way home.
Some airports are also now offering live music concerts and the Boston airport even has rocking chairs to rock your stress away. Know you are out of milk, but don’t want to stop at the grocery store on the way home? Just grab some from the vending machine at the airport parking garage.
In every way, airport facilities are taking advantage of early arrival times and lengthy layovers to provide a more relaxing and stress free experience at the airport. So the next time you need to travel, don’t worry about running through the terminal. Sit down, take advantage of all those amenities, and enjoy the journey not just the trip!
Check out this CNN article with “14 airport amenities that will make you long for a layover.”