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Here is a list of the world's best airports for 2010 from the new book, 'Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2010'. If you have a choice of where to have a lengthy airport wait between connections, try one of these airports.

 

Airport Name Notes
1. CHANGI AIRPORT, Singapore

Changi constantly wins all critics' awards for best performance. If you are lucky enough to have a lengthy layover, you should take one of the complementary bus tours of downtown Singapore. Other features of the airport include an on-site pool, custom-designed lounges or even book a hotel room by the hour.

2. PRINCESS JULIANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, St Maarten

If you have time before your departure, make their way to Maho, a beautiful beach at the tip of the runway. Though take note of the sign that 'low flying and departing aircraft blast can cause physical injury'.

3. INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, South Korea

Has cutting-edge amenities. It is the perfect airport for the business-minded traveller, offering loads of conference rooms, multimedia facilities and VIP lounges, all covered with wi-fi.

4. KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Iceland

It's like a Scandinavian space station, with smooth designer lines, swish sensi-flush toilets. But best of all is the adjacent Blue Lagoon, a spa secreted behind the rolling tundra.

5. HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Hong Kong

This new airport is one of only three airports in the world to be awarded Skytrax's prestigious five-star ranking, which is based on numerous ergonomic criteria (the other two airports are Changi and Incheon International).

6. JUANCHO E YRAUSQUIN AIRPORT, Saba

Saba is home to the world's shortest runway, measuring a measly 400m in length. Flights connect the scrubby bump in the ocean to its Antillean neighbours.

7. KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Japan

A massive man-made island and technological marvel, offering travellers the ultimate in Japanese hospitality.

8. DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, United Arab Emirates

A big shopping esplanade as you would expect - a duty-free heaven, with almost 2 sq km of space to swipe your plastic.

9. VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Canada

The airport boasts one of the largest collections of local indigenous art in the world.

10. MUNICH AIRPORT, Germany

You can practice your putting at the 18-hole mini-golf course, or wander out to the viewing platform to watch the planes rev their engines before lift-off.

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