Airports are said to be one of the busiest places in the world and now they are also the most Instagrammed places in the world. There are a total of eight international airports in the world that have topped the social media platform and photo sharing website Instagram.
Over the years, airports have evolved in terms of design, infrastructure services and thus they are most photographed. Wego.com, a leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East region, has compiled the most tagged airports by travellers on Instagram.
Here is a look at the top eight most Instagrammed airports in the world:
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is another most popular airport on Instagram. It was named as the most Instagrammed location in the world in 2012 and it has topped the list again in 2016.
"It's most photographed area is the vaulted concourse, along with the intricately designed Buddhist Pagoda. The airport's designers have successfully incorporated local Thai culture into the overall experience which travellers are clearly impressed with," Wicks observes.
Singapore's Changi Airport is one of the most popular among Instagram users due to its innovative installations, rooftop sunflowers and decorations. "Possibly one of its most photographed features is the unique Kinetic Rain installation," explained Dean Wicks, chief flights officer of Wego.
Los Angeles International Airport, which previously appeared in the top 10 most Instagrammed locations in the world, is the second most Instagrammed airport.
"The iconic LAX sign is a popular feature on Instagram, and it's probable that the concentration of celebrities that pass through this airport contribute to the quantity of tags. Outside of an awards show, it's possibly one of the most opportune locations for star spotting," Wicks said.
London's Heathrow Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world, also enjoys frequent tagging on Instagram. "There's a trend for food images, particularly a good British breakfast, along with departure lounge drink and passport shots. Lines of airline livery photographs reflect the airport's position as a global hub," Wicks said.
Sydney International Airport also enjoys the most number of tagging on Instagram. "Some of Sydney's stunning skyline, warm sunrises, the 'G'day, Welcome Home' sign upon arrival, and a few of the spectacularly designed Qantas First Class Lounge are a feature," Wicks said.
Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, is one of the most popular airports in the world as it connects Europe, the Middle East to Asia and the rest of the world. "Love it or loathe it, Urs Fischer's 'Giant Teddy Bear' dominates as a point of interest in the departure terminal, as does the giant moving walkway for transfer passengers between concourses A and E," Wicks added.
John F Kennedy Airport in New York is among the most Instagrammed airports and the reason is the canine restroom, complete with a mini fire hydrant. "New Yorkers love to Instagram, and the Big Apple's very own Shake Shack which has a particularly stylish airport outlet also features largely, as well as the New York subway connection," Wicks talked about the airport.
Tokyo's Haneda Airport is known for its Market Place, curvy designs and striking architecture. The designs and architecture has made the airport one of the most Instagrammed airports in the world. "The traditional Japanese-styled Edo-Koji shopping area in the International terminal and Japanese culinary delights in the departure lounge are also popular tags," Wicks said.