For a fee, the airport also offers behind-the-scenes tours of its operations, including its cargo facilities, runways and fire department. It also has a casino with blackjack and roulette tables.
Frankfurt-Hahn, a smaller airport outside the city, has an "erotic shop" where you can find "erotic inspirations for adults," says Nuray Guler, an airport spokeswoman.
*Vancouver (British Columbia) International. Its services include medical and dental offices; a flower shop; full-service banks; pay-per-use lounges with food, showers and business services; pods for napping; a gym; and a spa. It also has 19 sound-proofed rooms designated as "quiet zones," where travelers can nap with free earplugs and eye masks.
Claudio de los Rios, an audit director from San Francisco, says he often plans his trips to Vancouver to leave time for a session in the spa.
*Tokyo Narita. It has a dentist office, beauty salon, dry cleaner, locksmith and pet hotel. You can also rent "day rooms" for naps and showers and "video/audio rooms" that come with a sofa and a surround-sound TV for watching movies. It also provides kids' parks and 10 nursery rooms.
*Seoul Incheon. The airport operates several tours to connecting passengers that last only a few hours. One is a longer $80 tour that takes you to Panmunjom, the heavily fortified region north of Seoul that borders North Korea.
Among the highlights of the seven-hour tour: an infiltration tunnel dug by North Koreans in the late 1970s and Freedom Bridge, which formally divides the two Koreas.
The airport also has the usual array of services found in other Asian airports: spas, massage centers, hospitals, pharmacies and upscale shops. It also runs a golf course several miles away.
You would not choose to land at any airport in the United States. This isn't a big surprise to most air travelers, who consider hanging out in our airports akin to root canal work.
Some of the best airports abroad are also known for expansive "aerotropolis" developments - in which a miniature city develops around an airport - and fancy amenities, particularly at on-site hotels.
The A380, which will eclipse the Boeing 747 as the world's largest commercial plane when it enters into service next year.
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