Environmentally Friendly Airports

by Carly Allen

Apr 17, 2019

Every month, Global Traveler covers an airport from around the globe, highlighting its initiatives for business travelers and families alike. It’s exciting to see airports finally put some real thought and, of course, dollars to make a better, more environmentally friendly experience for travelers. New dining, shopping and entertainment options are often used by our readers when they have to spend hours in an airport.

One project I watched closely is the Jewel at Changi Airport in Singapore. I have seen the construction for years during my travels — and mockups, as well — but this month it finally opened to the public. The Jewel building sits in the center of the airport and is a feat of architecture and aesthetic, a place not only for passengers traveling through Southeast Asia but also meant for locals as well. Attractions coming soon include a rain vortex, hedge maze, canopy park and art installations, allowing travelers somewhere to stretch their legs and experience the views of the region.

If you are looking for a “green” airport to visit, check out GT‘s April issue with the “Greening Up” feature article. We highlight Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as it represents the only fully carbon-neutral airport in the United States! It’s also home to American Airlines’ Flagship First Lounge.

More than ever travelers have choices — how do you choose your airport? Does shopping, connectivity or environmentally conscious initiatives help make your decisions?

— Carly Allen, executive vice president

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