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Free movies, beach, park, library & sleep for weary travelers with long waits at airport. Some airports making dreams come true. 

A typical airport waiting chair where most people spend many hours waiting between flights.

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Travellers want cinemas, sleeping pods and libraries

4/07/2013
Boonsong Kositchotethana

An international survey has revealed 10 complimentary features that travellers want to see at a dream airport, with a cinema, sleeping pods and a library at the top of the list.

About 49% of more than 10,000 travellers interviewed in 25 countries excluding Thailand by travel search site Skyscanner nominated cinemas like those at Singapore Changi Airport.

Shuteye also scored highly, with 36% of respondents voting for sleeping pods, which Abu Dhabi International Airport unveiled in May. At about 375 baht per hour, sleeping pods provide an affordable alternative to a hotel room.

Voted in third place by 32% of respondents in the May poll was a library that allows travellers to borrow their holiday reading, showing that the traditional paperback is still a popular choice for travellers despite the rise of e-books.

Outdoor space is also a highly desired feature, with a park the fourth most wanted feature and a man-made beach in ninth spot.

Some more unlikely choices include karaoke, with 5% of travellers wanting their 15 minutes of fame at the airport, while a gym was chosen by 15%.

While males and females were in agreement over their top choice of an airport cinema, there was greater gender discrepancy with the other features.

About 45% of women wanted a vanity area offering free cosmetics and hair-styling products, compared with just 14% of men, while 12% or women wanted a personal shopper, compared with 8% of men.

Men, on the other hand, appeared to want more active entertainment, with a swimming pool the fifth most wanted feature. About 14% voted for bicycles to get around the airport, compared with 9% of females, and 8% of the men wanted a golf swing practice area, compared with just 3% of women.

Grace Pobpabha Areerat, Skyscanner's market development manager for Thailand, advocated these facilities be incorporated at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.

"With more than more than 50 million passengers passing through Suvarnabhumi every year, these amazing facilities would be very popular additions and much in demand," she said.

However, Suvarnabhumi general manager Rawewan Netrakavesna said many of the features advocated in the survey are not in the pipeline, while some are in existence but are not free.

Mrs Rawewan cited the day rooms with built-in toilet in the international departure area, with a minimal charge.

There was a plan for a cinema as part of an entertainment complex outside the passenger terminal but with an admission fee, she said, though there is no immediate plan to revive the proposal.

Suvarnabhumi is not keen on building a complimentary pool, gym or library, Mrs Rawewan said.

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Vocabulary:

admission: permission to enter a place - การเข้าชม การเข้างาน

admission charge: a payment required to be allowed to enter a place, attend a performance, etc. - ค่าผ่านประตู

advocate: to publicly support - สนับสนุน

affordable: not expensive - ไม่แพง

alternative: another choice - ทางเลือก, ตัวเลือก

borrow: to take and use something that belongs to somebody else, and return it to them at a later time - ยืม

cinema: movie theater, movie house - โรงภาพยนต์

cited: mentioned as an example, explanation or proof of something else - อ้าง, กล่าวอ้าง

complex: a large building with various connected rooms or a related group of buildings -

complimentary: free - ให้เปล่า

cosmetics: substances that you use on your skin to make yourself look more attractive   - เครื่องสำอางค์

departure: leaving - การออกจาก

discrepancy: a difference between two or more things that should be the same - ความแตกต่างกันระหว่างสองสิ่งที่ควรจะเหมือนกัน

entertainment: fun; behaviour or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment - ความบันเทิง, ความสนุกสนาน

facilities: the buildings, equipment and services provided for a particular purpose - อุปกรณ์, อุปกรณ์อำนวยความสะดวก, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก

feature: something important, interesting or typical of a place or thing - จุดเด่น, คุณสมบัติ

fee: an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do something - ค่าธรรมเนียม

gender: the fact of being either male or female - เพศ

immediate: happening or done now, without any delay - ทันทีทันใด

in demand: wanted by many people - เป็นที่ต้องการตัวของหลาย ๆ คน

in existence: that exists, that is still there, has not disappeared or destroyed -

in the pipeline: working on it now, but not finished -

incorporated: included as part of something larger - ซึ่งรวมเข้าเป็นหนึ่งเดียวกัน

international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ

interview: to ask someone questions for a poll, a newspaper article, television show, etc. - สัมภาษณ์,

keen: very interested in activity - สนใจอย่างยิ่ง

library: a place with books that can be borrowed to read for a period of time and then returned - ห้องสมุด

minimal: very small in amount - น้อยที่สุด, น้อยมาก

nominate: to formally propose or suggest something - เสนอ

paperback: a low cost book with a soft paper cover -

passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร

personal shopper: a person hired to shop and buy things for you, also to give advice and suggestions -

pod: part of a spacecraft or a boat that can be separated from the main part - ห้องที่แยกออกได้จากยานอวกาศหรือเครื่องบิน

popular: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

practice: doing some activity to improve at it and become more skillful - ฝึกซ้อม, ซ้อม, ฝึกฝน

proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ

respondent: someone who answers questions — - ผู้ตอบคำถาม/แบบสำรวจ

reveal: to show something that was covered or hidden or not known - เปิด, ทำให้ปรากฎ

revive: to come or bring something back to existence or use - ฟื้นฟู, ทำให้เกิดขึ้นอีก

score: get points or score that shows how good it is - ทำแต้ม, ทำคะแนน (ในการแข่งขัน)

search: to look somewhere carefully in order to find someone/something - ค้นหา

shuteye: sleep - การหลับ

survey: to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions - สำรวจ

swing: to move or make something move with a wide curved movement - แขวน

terminal: a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสารขาเข้าขาออก

traditional: things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time - แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี

unveil: to show or introduce a new plan, product, etc. to the public for the first time - เปิดเผย, ประกาศให้รู้ทั่วไป

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