More than 5 billion travelers passed through the airports of the world in 2011, according to Airports Council International. That’s an incredible number, considering the population of the entire planet is something like 7 billion.
To reconnect with irritated and discombobulated travelers, airports around the world are reinventing themselves as relaxing destinations--complete with pools, golf courses, and movie theaters--rather than just the awful place where they search your bags before you get on a plane.
Airport owners and developers around the globe are reinventing the airport as a place that people actually want to spend time. That includes the “forevermore” kind of time.