If you’re travelling for business, airport conveniences can have a big impact on your journey. From lounge access to VIP services, it’s the small—and sometimes big—things that can make your trip memorable. Here are five airports you need to experience.
Canada’s busiest airport is very business traveller friendly. Both terminals have lounges in the domestic, international and U.S. transborder departure areas, so you’ll always have access to food, drinks, comfortable seating and, in some cases, even a shower. Getting to your meeting downtown will be easy since there’s direct access via the UP Express train to Union Station. If you’re flying out of YYZ and tight on time, take advantage of the valet parking, which can even accommodate electric vehicles.
Had a rough work week or a tough meeting? The Denver International Airport offers a number of services designed to help you relax and get your mind off work. Once you arrive, you can spend time with a member of the canine airport therapy squad, or participate in one of the events that take place on the plaza between Jeppesen Terminal and the Westin Hotel, such as weekly workouts, performances and ice skating during the winter.
Those looking for the ultimate experience should try the Emerald VIP Services at the Dublin Airport. Prices start at €200, for services that include being met at the aircraft, fast-tracked through security and assisted at baggage claim before being driven by a chauffeur to your destination. If you choose to use this service on your departure, you can be picked up from your office or hotel and escorted from check-in to your gate.
With more than 100 million visitors a year, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest in the world, yet more than 80 per cent of arrivals and departures are on time, which is ideal for business travellers. Within the airport, you’ll find a full-service bank, 13 lounges and free Wi-Fi. If you need a vehicle for your stay, there are 13 agencies available at the rental car centre, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Vancouver International Airport’s BorderXpress uses the tagline “built by an airport, for airports,” and the service doesn’t disappoint. International arrivals, including U.S. travellers, can use a BorderXpress kiosk before speaking to a Canada Border Services Agency officer, helping decrease their time in customs. For those departing with a few hours to spare, consider making a trip to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver, which is just two stops away from the airport via the SkyTrain.
[This story appears in the November 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]