Layover at the Airport? Scouts Out the 10 Best Spots to Find Fresh Air

Head to These Outdoor Spaces to Relax and Recharge

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Aug 10, 2016) -  Airports offer a dizzying array of activities, from shopping to spa treatments to playgrounds, bars and restaurants. But one commodity that's always been in short supply is fresh air. In response to travellers in search of a place to relax and recharge, many airports are opening outdoor lounges, with cafés, gardens and even dog runs, where weary travellers can stretch their legs, bask in sunshine, or just breathe deeply before the next leg of their journey.

Next time you find yourself killing time between flights at an airport, seek out the "blue sky" lounge, the one without a roof. The experts at, the champions of simple travel search, have rounded up some of the best open air lounges in their list of Top 10 airport outdoor spaces

Here are five of their favourite fresh air hangouts:

  • JetBlue T5 Rooftop at JFK, New York, New York - JetBlue opened its multi-use outdoor space in New York at JFK in 2015. The rooftop lounge is post-security and open to all customers, not just members of VIP programs. Coming in at just over 1,200 square metres, the dog-friendly outdoor lounge has a wooden deck, food carts, aluminum furniture, an area for canine travellers dubbed "Wooftop", grassy areas for relaxing, planters, a kids' play area and free Wi-Fi. With all that you might not even care about delays or long layovers.

  • Amsterdam Schiphol's Airport Park, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Travellers at Amsterdam Schiphol can get a breath of fresh air at the airport's indoor/outdoor park, located in the departures hall, upstairs near Lounge 1. The relaxing space features a park-themed indoor lounge with an adjoining open air terrace where travellers can do some plane-spotting while getting some fresh air and sunshine. Indoors you'll find beanbag chairs, lounge chairs, stationary bikes that will charge your phone while you pedal and Park Café, the only café beyond passport control that has an outdoor terrace.

  • Larry Berg Flight Path Park at Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver - More near the airport than actually part of it, you'll have to enjoy this outdoor space either before you get into the airport or once you leave. Either way, Flight Path Park at Vancouver The Vancouver park International is a great spot to catch some sun while plane-spotting. is located directly in line with the end of the south runway making it a particularly ideal area for watching planes soar overhead. The park also has picnic tables, paper airplane benches, walking trails and a bike tune-up station.

  • Terrace at Sydney International Airport, Sydney, Australia - Chances are, if you're flying out of Sydney International, the journey ahead of you will be a long one. Take some time to relax outdoors before your flight out of Terminal 1 at The Terrace Bar, Bistro & Café, located before customs. Order a drink from the outdoor bar, which sits adjacent to the airport's observation deck, and then enjoy it in the beer garden while you prepare for your next adventure.

Travellers can grab a bite, walk their dogs, or even have a dip in a swimming pool, in some of the outdoor lounges that have opened up in airports from Atlanta to London to Hong Kong. For the entire list of these airport sanctuaries, visit's Top 10 airport outdoor spaces at

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