A global survey of more than 10,000 travellers has revealed a cinema as the most desired airport facility.

Worried that their travel plans may prevent them catching the latest blockbusters, 49% of flyers chose an on-site cinema as their dream airport wish, reveals new research from Skyscanner.  

Designated sleeping areas allowing travellers the opportunity to catch up on a few hours’ sleep also fared well, with more than a third of respondents voting for sleep pods at their dream airport, making it the second most popular facility. 

Despite the rise of e-books, the traditional paperback is still a popular choice with 32% of travellers wishing for an airport library, making it the third most wanted airport facility, and allowing holidaymakers to immerse themselves in a novel by the pool, then simply return it after landing back home.

Other facilities on the wish list included 31% of flyers voting for a green outdoor area in their dream airport. A park was the fourth most popular airport facility and the fifth was a vanity area offering salon and spa treatments, allowing holidaymakers to 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.

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, 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 8% of males. 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 ten guys wanting to tour the airport on complimentary bikes, compared to 9% of women.

Yet flyers may not have to dream for too long. Hong Kong International Airport already offers 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.


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