Airports as liminal space

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More than a mere transport facility, airports serve as a multifunctional space for social interactions and individual/personal experiences that break geographical boundaries and secular distinctions. This study explores the liminal nature of airports as a micro-destination and presents a phenomenology of passenger experience in accordance to their familiarity with the space. The nature of airports as a liminal space ranges from touristic experience of first-timers to consumer rituals of frequent visitors. Liminality is derived from passenger watching and assistance offering to strangers, whereby a sense of communitas is felt in a secure and often facilitating environment. For frequent flyers, airports are utilized as mobile office space or “free time” indicative of contemporary travelers’ need for slow life and quality alone-time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • Airport
  • Communitas
  • Consumption rituals
  • Liminality
  • Passenger experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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