Guide to Airport Chapels Worldwide
When your travel plans allow, you may want to visit one of these airport chapels….for Mass or just a few moments of quiet prayer. Most of these chapels are open to all faiths, but some have a regularly scheduled Catholic Mass on certain days. And, if you are traveling over a weekend, it can be a great opportunity to attend Mass that you otherwise might miss. In addition, if you have a group traveling with a priest, he may be able to celebrate Mass in the chapel.
Some also have reconciliation….a great opportunity if you just came off a flight where the person ahead of you had his seat so far back he was almost in your lap!
And be sure to check ahead, as Mass schedules tend to change. In some cases, we have listed airports with a chapel, but there is no link available, so you will need to check with that airport.
You may find the chapels really busy on Ash Wednesday.…..many say that more people attend Ash Wednesday services than either Christmas or Easter, and travelers are certainly no exception. And distribution of Ashes has spread to some Protestant denominations as well.
Here are some major airport chapels with Catholic Mass available:
Toronto (YYZ): Toronto Pearson Terminals 1 & 3
Vancouver (YVR): Vancouver International Airport Chapel
Nice: Terminal 2 – Arrivals level – near the services Center
Paris (CDG & ORY): Charles de Gaulle & Orly
Republic of Ireland
Dublin (DUB): Dublin Airport Grounds (Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church)
Shannon (SNN): Shannon Airport (Catholic Mass)
Frankfurt (FRA): Rhein-Main
Munich (MCH): Munich Airport
Malta (MLA): Malta International (Our lady of the Airways Chapel)
Krakow (KRK): Krakow-Beliche John Paul II Airport
Wroclaw (WRO): Copernicus Airport
Bucharest: Bucharest Henri Coandă Airport
Barcelona (BCN): Barcelona-El Prat Airport
Madrid (MAD): Barajas International Airport
United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland)
London (LGW): London Gatwick
London (LHR) London Heathrow (Chapel of St. George)
Atlanta (ATL): Hartsfield-Jackson (look under “Amenities”)
Boston (BOS): Logan Airport (Our Lady of the Airways) (The first known Airport Chapel, opened in 1951 under the direction of Cardinal Cushing)
Charlotte (CLT): Charlotte Airport Chapel
Chicago (ORD & MDW): O’Hare Airport and Midway
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): DFW International
Denver ( DEN) Interfaith Chapel Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6 East. Open 24 hours a day for meditation. Catholic Mass held on Sundays at 1 p.m.
Miami (MIA): Miami International Airport
New Jersey (EWR) Interfaith Chapel Between Gates C70-99 and C101-115
New York City Kennedy Airport (JFK): Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Chapel
New York City LaGuadia (LGA) La Guardia Catholic Chaplaincy
Orlando, Florida (MCO) Orlando Airport Chapel
Saint Louis (STL): Lambert-St. Louis International
Washington, D.C (IAD): Washington Dulles International
Washington, D.C. (DCA) Ronald Reagan Washington National
For more airports and up-to-date information check with The International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains….be aware that many of these chaplains are not Catholic, so if you are looking for a Catholic Mass check the details on their website.