The thought of a flight delay can fill any roving traveller with dread, but fear not, after much travelling we have found the best airports to get stranded in:

1. Geneva Airport, Switzerland

You have just returned a car hire in Geneva airport and you’re ready to check in for your return flight home when disaster strikes, they tell you your flight has been delayed for 4 hours! You should take this as a perfect opportunity to head for the airport shops and treat yourself, or buy those last minute gifts for the folks back home. The airport has shops selling chocolate, kid’s toys, perfumes, jewellery and they even have a hairdressers plus a place to get a spray tan!

2. Changi Airport, Singapore

You may be mistaken for thinking this airport is just a huge shopping complex. Once you are inside it is very easy to forget the main reason you came here; to catch a plane! There are 4 terminals in total and you buy can everything from your usual duty free purchases to home furniture. The airport also has great facilities for those who wish to simply take it easy and maybe get a foot massage; and let’s not forget to the airport pool!

3. Jacksonville, Florida

Who says that airports can’t be cultural? At this airport you are treated to a fantastic display of art from the Public Art Programme. The exhibitions focus on the city’s history and cultural background and showcase the local artists work.

4. London Heathrow, UK

If you don’t fancy shopping or walking around the airport grounds that at Heathrow Terminal 3, after security, you can book a room at the Traveller’s Lodge. Spend your delay time watching TV or just sleeping it off. Just remember to set your alarm; you wouldn’t want to go and miss your flight!

5. Barcelona, Spain

This airport is one for the kids. It has two good sized playing areas to keep them happy whilst you wait for your flight to be called. There are plenty of Wi-Fi spots also that will keep the older kids busy and for mum & dad there are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. 

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