February 08, 2011 09:23 ET

Dream Departures: Five Top Places to Fly From Ensures Happy Landings and Dreamy Take Offs to and From the World's Best Airports

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - In the run up to the World Airport Awards on 30th March 2011,, the UK's leading flight price comparison site, ensures travellers have a happy holiday from start to finish by identifying five of the world's best airports and what makes them stand out. 

"It's surprising how sometimes the most popular flight hubs can offer up the worst airports while other, less busy, locales will take travellers by surprise with the level of experience they provide," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for 

"A dream airport is not only easy on the eye and high on efficiency, but offers travellers a broad range of things to do as well as a few unique experiences," adds Hallak. 

Most improved airport: Dubbed as 2010's most improved airport, Abu Dhabi International boasts a 12.2 percent increase in traffic year on year*.

Its services include 24 hour lounges, two of which are open to all for a charge of £16 for four hour usage. The airport also provides meet, greet and assist services, which simply require booking, to all classes of passengers as well as a business centre with free internet access and healthcare centre providing medical services, pharmacy, nursing room and diaper changing facilities. Flights to Abu Dhabi start at £239 return.

Best for entertainment: Fun is the name of the game at Hong Kong International Airport. Aside from its varied shopping and dining facilities as well as special events, it boasts a 4D Extreme Screen cinema, an Aviation Discovery Centre, the interactive film centre Asia Hollywood, sports simulating centre i-Sports, a PlayStation Gateway gaming centre, and the SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course. Flights to Hong Kong start at £349 return. 

Comfort and relaxation: Kuala Lumpur International Airport takes the title for services dedicated to passenger relaxation and comfort. The destination serves up unique offerings in the form of nurseries, a prayer and silent room, baggage wrapping and strapping services, a viewing gallery, children's play area, and reflexology and massage services. Flights to Kuala Lumpur start at £377 return. 

Best for transit: Helsinki-Vantaa claims to have been designed for transfers specifically, hosting both arrivals and departures within the same building to make the experience easy. Apart from being spacious, organised, and clean with plenty of light, the airport offers late night shopping and unique storage services in which to store anything from coats to skis for those departing to warmer temperatures. It also hosts several play rooms, two hotels within the airport itself, a spa, and pharmacy. Flights to Helsinki start at £79 return. 

Best for shopping: When it comes to shopping, Heathrow's Terminal 5 offers up everything under the sun from high street to high end. Aside from the vast collection of shopping experiences including London's famous department store Harrods, this terminal even offers an online shopping experience where items can be collected upon departure or return. In addition to the usual choice of items such as clothing, bags, shoes, accessories and electronics, mums can order baby products ranging from nappies to milk, and visitors to the city can pre-book things like theatre tickets, city tours, and dinner cruises. Wining and dining experiences include Gordon Ramsay's restaurant Plane Food as well as middle range eateries and casual coffee shops, and travellers seeking relaxation can enjoy a choice of spas, hotels, and pre-security relaxation cabins complete with en-suite bathrooms and internet access, which can be rented for £25 for a period of four hours or £56 overnight. 

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