Jul 03, 2013

    Most-sought at airports: Free movies

    THE most-desired complimentary facility in an airport is a cinema, as most travellers want to be entertained while they wait for flights, a new survey has found.

    Of the 10,000 travellers from around the world polled by travel-search site Skyscanner in May, 49 per cent voted for the silver screen.

    Singapore's Changi Airport has movie theatres in Terminals 2 and 3, while Hong Kong International Airport has the largest Imax Theatre in the city.

    Shut-eye also scored highly, with over a third of respondents voting for sleep pods - a feature that Abu Dhabi Airport unveiled last month, which, at S$15 per hour, provides an affordable alternative to a hotel room.

    In third place is an airport library allowing travellers to borrow their holiday reading, showing that, despite the rise of e-books, the traditional paperback is still a popular choice for travellers.

    Outdoor space at the airport is also a highly-desired feature, with a park area voted the fourth-most-wanted.

    While both male and female respondents were in agreement over their top choice of an airport cinema, there was greater gender discrepancy with the other most-wanted features.

    A vanity area offering free cosmetics and hair-styling products was what 45 per cent of women wanted (versus 14 per cent of men), while 12 per cent wanted a personal shopper (8 per cent of men).

    Men, on the other hand, appeared to look for more active entertainment at the airport, with 14 per cent voting for complimentary bikes to get around the airport (9 per cent of women) and 8 per cent wanting a golf-swing practice area (3 per cent of women).

    Some more-unlikely choices in airport facilities include karaoke (5 per cent) and man-made beach (12 per cent).

    Skyscanner spokesman Sam Poullain said: "Airport facilities have improved dramatically in recent years and it's clear that travellers want to be entertained as they wait for flights.

    "More airports may look to introduce some of these most-requested features in years to come, as travellers come to expect more in terms of facilities and services."