There’s something about airports that intoxicates me. The lure of faraway destinations yet to be explored and the promise of adventures to come. Not all airports or terminals are created equal and some are definitely in need of a makeover or total redo. I was sad to see the demolition of the iconic flying saucer that was Pan Am’s Worldport. I spent many an hour in that terminal waiting for my parents to return from a trip overseas or my Venezuelan cousins to arrive for the summer. Of course, in those days, people dressed up to travel and the planes were actually comfortable. I even dreamed of being a stewardess which I saw as a glamorous profession. Nowadays, not so much.
However, even the endless hallways and plethora of chain stores can damp my enthusiasm for airports, old and new. One of my favorite new terminals is Tom Bradley International at LAX. The architecture is stunning with open expanses and a lot of windows, there are incredible art works and a great variety of stores and restaurants. Not a bad place to while away the hours before flying overseas!
In Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is a feast for the senses. The exterior is modern and transporting, while the interior is elegant and welcoming. One note to those who care: the airport is dry on Fridays. No alcohol is served anywhere in the facility, even in the airline lounges. Other than that, I would have to rank it in the top three airports I have had the pleasure to experience. Other favorites include Heathrow Terminal Four and Hong Kong’s fabulous airport. More to come!