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World's most beautiful airports

Last updated on: February 7, 2012 12:52 IST

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Nobody likes waiting at the airport, but some airports can be a pleasant experience.

Here we take a look at 10 most beautiful airports in the world, according to CNBC.

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Beijing International Airport

China

It is the main international airport serving Beijing, China. It is located 32 km northeast of Beijing's city centre in an enclave of Chaoyang District that is surrounded by rural Shunyi District.

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The Conde Nast Traveler magazine named the Beijing Capital International as the World's Best Airport in 2009, based on its multi-criteria satisfaction survey, including factors such as cleanliness, speed of security/immigration clearance, clarity of signs, luggage handling, etc.

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Carrasco International Airport

Uruguay

It is the main airport serving Montevideo, Uruguay. The original passenger terminal, presently the cargo terminal, was inaugurated in 1947.

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In 2003 the Uruguayan government transferred the administration, operation and maintenance of the airport to the private investment group Puerta del Sur SA, which since then has invested in several upgrades at the airport.

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Denver International Airport

United States

It is the largest international airport in the United States, and the third-largest international airport in the world after King Fahd International Airport and Montreal-Mirabel International Airport.

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It was the fifth-busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements with over 635,000 movements in 2010. The airport is located in northeastern Denver, Colorado, and is operated by the City and County of Denver.

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Incheon International Airport

South Korea

It is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul national capital area, and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.

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Incheon International Airport is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Polar Air Cargo. The airport serves as a hub for international civilian air transportation and cargo traffic in East Asia.

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Lyon-Saint Exupery

France

It is one of the two airports located in the agglomeration of Lyon, France. The airport was named in 2000 in honour of the French writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a native of Lyon, on the centenary of his birth.

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The airport was inaugurated by President Valery Giscard dEstaing on 12 April, 1975, and opened to passengers a week later.

It was designed to replace the old Lyon-Bron Airport, which could not be extended as it was located in an urban area.

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Malvinas Argentinas Airport

Argentina

It is located four kilometre south of the centre of Ushuaia, a city on the island of Tierra del Fuego in the Tierra del Fuego Province of Argentina.

The airport is officially claimed by Argentina as the airport for the disputed Falkland Islands.

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This small international airport was opened in 1995, replacing an older one. The airport has been used by various distinct airlines at different periods.

It is the world's southernmost international airport and is often used by passengers as a cruise-ship gateway to the Antarctic.

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Marrakech Menara Airport

Morocco

Marrakech Menara Airport is an airport serving Marrakech, the capital city of the Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz region in Morocco.

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It is an international facility that receives some European flights as well as flights from Casablanca and some of the Arab world nations.

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Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport is known for its excellent services and security, winning numerous worldwide awards and accolades since its opening.

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Despite competition from much newer airports in the region, the airport continues to maintain its reputation for setting standards in airport service quality.

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Sondika Bilbao Airport

Spain

The Bilbao Airport serves the city and it is the busiest terminal in the Basque Country and in the entire Northern coast, with 3,9 million passengers in 2010.

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It is located 12 km north from the city, between the municipalities of Loiu and Sondika. Fifteen airlines operate in the terminal, including Iberia, Lufthansa, and TAP Portugal.

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Tempelhof International Airport

Berlin

Tempelhof was designated as an airport by the Ministry of Transport on 8 October 1923. The old terminal was originally constructed in 1927.

In anticipation of increasing air traffic, the Nazi government began a massive reconstruction in the mid-1930s.

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Tempelhof was one of Europe's three iconic pre-World War II airports, the others being London's now defunct Croydon Airport and the old Paris - Le Bourget Airport.

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