Spoiler alert: I’m not much of a traveller. I’ve spent most of my life between books and hospitals – yes, the funky life. But being a blogger (and occasional published author) did open up new avenues for me via blogger meets and book launches, allowing me to visit new cities and meet people from all over. It is in fact safe to say that I have travelled more over the last couple of years than in the first 33 of my life.
The first impression you get of a new place when you arrive comes from where you alight. Yes, it can also be the last impression as you leave, I agree. In this case, for me that would be the airports of various cities. There is a certain sense of a happy atmosphere in general attached to airports, one described so beautifully in the classic film ‘Love Actually.’ It is the sense of warmth of families and loved ones meeting after a gap or the love that is visible even in parting.
Which is why I feel cities need to make an effort to make their airports a beautiful venue and not just glorified bus stands which perform a service. People remember the most beautiful airports they’ve been to, they remember the facilities and services available. It matters.
Some of the airports I’ve visited over the years include Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Mangalore, Jaipur, Goa, Kochi and Coimbatore.
For me, clear winners among the list I mentioned above are the Mumbai Airport (International), Delhi, Bangalore and even Hyderabad. The first two are multiple international awards winners and rightly so, offering so many options in terms of comfort, food and purchasable items in addition to maintaining visually pleasing architecture.
While I have not been to the newly done Kochi Airport, I’ve heard plenty of lovely compliments about this unique green airport that now generates most of its needs via huge solar panels the size of football fields.
That of course, begs the question – which airports in this list could afford to make a little more effort? For all the traffic that they have (and it is significant), Mangalore and Calicut do seem to be in need of a makeover. Yes, they are perfectly serviceable but they could definitely do better than having an odd food kiosk and oft shut stores. I will admit to being a little surprised by the Goa airport too which, being a hot tourist spot, I really felt could have been more vibrant.
But that’s my opinion. What do you think? Which airports in India did you find most wonderful and which did you come away a tad underwhelmed by? Do tell.
Howdy folks! This december starts with a bang on my blog as I run a unique bloghop with 28 bloggers to write guestposts for me and each other all this month. I hope my readers will catch all the action and support this drive with their comments and feedback to encourage the writing. To know more about this blog hop in detail, you could catch this post here.
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