Introduction: Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Economy Class Showdown
Review: Zurich Airport Observation Deck
Review: Emirates A380 And 777-300ER Economy Class Zurich To Dubai To Delhi
The Delhi Airport Ground Experience
Review: Air India 747-400 First Class Delhi To Chennai
Review: Jet Airways 737-800 Economy Class Chennai To Mumbai
Review: Qatar Airways 777-300ER Economy Class Mumbai To Doha To Beirut
Transiting Beirut Airport On Separate Tickets
Review: Etihad Airways 787-9 And A320 Economy Class Beirut To Abu Dhabi To Muscat
Review: Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport
Emirates Vs. Etihad Vs. Qatar – Who Has The Best Economy Class?
I’m going to be honest. Zurich Airport didn’t do it for me. I’ve transferred there once before and wasn’t especially impressed by the crowded older Swiss lounges or the strange terminal layout. Well, cheap airfare can make me go anywhere, so I started my recent trip to the Middle East with a six-hour layover there. During that time, I decided to head to the observation deck above the A gates.
Granted it was a perfect summer day with a light breeze and few clouds, but oh my God, what a nice place!
Given that my overall impression of the airport wasn’t too positive, the terrace stuck out even more. Firstly, it was huge. There was room for thousands of people up there, though I’m sure they’d never let it reach that capacity.
The terrace had 270-degree views of the airfield, with great views of takeoffs on both active runways.
There was a large play area for kids.
They even had dedicated restrooms and a snack shop.
Access is free for anyone holding a same day boarding pass during opening hours, or you can purchase it at the following prices:
While I’m still not sure if this is incentive enough to transfer through Zurich again, unless I’m flying a premium cabin from the E gates (or the price is exponentially lower), I certainly wish more airports would learn a lesson from this. Even normal people LOVE spending time at outdoor places like this in airports, and there were at least 150 people on the terrace while I was there. Old, young, men, women — they all gathered here to enjoy the sunlight and watch the buzzing airport action. If you have an upcoming layover here, make sure you check out the terrace! It’s avgeek heaven.