Global aviation transit hubs are now reinventing themselves to serve as more than just airports, transforming into lifestyle spaces. Here’s a look at this new trend.
Famed mathematician Pythagoras said: “A thought is an idea in transit.” With the rehaul and reimagining of transit lounges at major international airports, it almost seems that aviation experts were inspired by the Greek genius. “Today, international airports have evolved tremendously from say a decade ago”, says Sanjeev Mehta, frequent flyer and Mumbai-based aviation commentator, “transit airports are now lifestyle spaces. And airlines are evolving their offering to cater to this trend.” Given the large number of Indian travellers that fly long haul, it’s no surprise that the major global transit hubs are stepping up their game. Traditional transit hubs like London, Zurich, Singapore and Hong Kong are upgrading their existing offering while the more recent transit airports like Dubai and Doha are going all out to woo the luxury passenger in transit. “It is a combination of airport infrastructure and airline facilities that can make or break the transit experience,” Mehta adds.