Frankfurt Airport, Germany
Frankfurt airport’s Terminal 2 is home to the Visitors’ Terrace. The indoor/outdoor space has seating, with some placed under pavilions to protect against bad weather. The terrace offers great views of the activity on the field, along with aircraft taking off and landing. The fence features small gaps that allows visitors to take photos on the tarmac. It’s close to the terminal’s Food Plaza, so visitors can take food and eat outside and at the entrance is a small gift shop.
The airport charges 3€ ($3.39 US) per person for a day pass and 12€ ($13.58 US) for a family of five.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
The Panorama Terrace, recently closed for a limited period of time for a renovation project, is usually open to all visitors after they check in. It’s located between Departures 1 and 2. The terrace is popular with plane spotters and travelers alike because of expansive views of aircraft parked in Schiphol’s C, D and E piers, along with city views.
There’s a KLM Fokker 100 on display, and visitors can enjoy a meal and the views when they eat at either Touchdown, a buffet-style restaurant, or Dakota’s Cafe and Bar.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Austin’s hometown airport is home to the South Terminal, designed to house ultra-low-cost carriers including Allegiant Air and Sun Country Airlines. After clearing security, passengers can sit in a hip, outdoor patio area and catch some sun before take-off. The area has tables and chairs, a pet relief area, and access to food trucks that have become iconic staples in the Texas state capitol. There’s also Wi-Fi access and charging stations for electronic devices.
And, Delta Sky Club members can now enjoy pre-flight cocktails from a full-service bar on a sprawling outdoor patio decorated with local Texas art at the new 9,000-square-foot Delta Sky Club located on the mezzanine level of the airport’s Barbara Jordan Terminal.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
The Delta Sky Club in Concourse F features an outdoor deck at the world’s busiest airport that is a delight for its club members. The 1,710 square-foot outdoor space has great views of the airline’s ramp operations. It seats nearly 40 guests and has Wi-Fi access and power outlets. There are large heaters for chilly days and an outdoor bar that regularly features the noted mixologists from across the country.
Hong Kong International Airport
In Hong Kong International Airport’s Terminal 2 (near the Food Court on the departures level) is the Aviation Discovery Centre, which features aviation-themed exhibits and graphics. It’s also home to the outdoor SkyDeck. The large platform is the perfect spot to watch the world’s jets, including those of hometown airline Cathay Pacific. It’s an open area with no shade, so wear a hat and use sunscreen as you enjoy the aviation view.