Skytrax Airport Awards is the global benchmark for top airports all over the world. The airports are ranked according to the quality of customer experience for ease of check-in, facilities and security. Read on to see our list of airports that have topped the airport charts in 2017 and which airport has bagged the top spot for five years running.
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Here are some some of the best airports in the world
10. Doha Hamad Airport
Hamad International in Qatar was built and opened for business as recently as 2014. It is the headquarters for Qatar Airlines and carries an estimated 30 million passengers annual. The airport, which cost a cool $16 Billion to construct, is ranked in the top ten because of its exceptional architecture. It sits on a massive 5,400 acre site and has two passenger terminals which are described as highly luxurious. Among the stunning facilities are The Vitality Well-being & Fitness Centre which offers a full-size swimming pool, squash courts, spa treatments and a hydrotherapy tub. Passengers can enjoy a wide range of food and beverages, lounge in one of the many well designed rest areas or take a shower if they wish.
9. Kansai International Airport
Osaka International airport in Japan is number 9 on the list of top airports in the world. It was constructed on an artificial island in order to ease the congestion at Osaka Airport. It sees 23 million passengers a year and is notable for its passenger friendly design, excellent service and high quality facilities. There is also an airport hotel for transiting passengers to get some rest and as expected excellent free wi-fi throughout the two terminals.
8. London Heathrow Airport
Holding the eight spot is the massive main airport at London Heathrow. The airport scores particularly well because of the ease of transfer to down town London and around the huge 5 terminals of the airport. Heathrow had a reputation for lost luggage and delayed flights in the past but all of this has now changed and travellers rate it highly for ease of check-in and punctuality of arrival and departure. This is no mean feat when the fact that it caters for 75 million passengers a year is considered.
7. Zurich Airport
Zurich airport is the largest International airport in Switzerland and is located 13 km North of Zurich. The airport is well served by transfer options to Zurich and other Swiss and European cities. Zurich Airport serves nearly 26 Million travellers annually and is rated at seventh best airport in the world because of its efficiency and top class facilities. These include a wide range of restaurant options, superfast wi-fi, children’s’ play areas and passenger showers. Schengen and non-Schengen arriving passengers are handled in separate areas which makes the migration and security seamless and efficient.
6. Centrair Airport
Centair Airport in Nagoya serves the third largest metropolitan area in Japan. Like other Japanese airport Centair scores well on overall service, organisation and unique and exceptional facilities. Among the top facilities available for the 10.5 million annual passengers is a relaxing welcome garden. Passengers going through Centair Airport can also avail of cell phone and computer rental.
5. Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport is ranked in the top five airports globally. It is located on the tiny island of Chek Lap kok and comprises of reclaimed wide land. The airport is considered the busiest cargo hub globally and also the busiest in terms of the daily passengers which it services having exceeded 70 million passengers last year. Despite its level of passenger activity Hong Kong International Airport scores well according to passengers in service, punctuality and efficiency. It is a well designed airport with many speciality restaurants which cater to travellers. For travellers with long connections there are short city tours available.
4. Tokyo International Haneda
Haneda Airport is the main civilian airport which provides for the population of Tokyo. It is the hub for Japan Airline and Nippon Airways at the second terminal. It handles roughly 75million domestic and foreign travellers a year and has excellent fast rail transfers to the city. The airport provides showers, free wi-fi and good children’s play areas. Haneda scored well on supports for travellers with disabilities and its food courts provide a huge range of western and Japanese food. These include a huge rooftop open-air restaurant.
3. Munich Airport
Munich airport is characterised by German efficiency with good scores on punctuality and efficiency of check-in, at security and on arrival. It serves 39.7 passengers annual and is a major hub for onward travel from Europe to Africa and the south East Asia. It has a casino, multiple shopping experiences and great dining options. The airport is notable for its lofty and spacious design and its great use of light.
2. Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Seoul, South Korea is the second best airport in the world. It is a stunning airport with art, sculpture and exhibition areas. It also features a gardens featuring calming water features. Other extraordinary facilities to entertain travellers include an ice rink, spa and golf course. If you travel to Seoul you won’t want to leave the airport and it even has private sleeping rooms which travellers with a long connection can use to get some rest between flights. It sees 49 million passengers each year and is continuing to grow. You can expect efficient service and punctuality in the airport also.
1. Singapore Changi
In the top spot for four years running is Singapore Changi in Singapore. The airport takes airport facilities and entertainment to the next level. 55 million travellers use the airport each year and the numbers continue to grow. Airport attractions include the not to be missed roof-top pool which serves delicious cocktails, a rooftop cactus garden and a water-lily garden. There is high speed free wi-fi throughout the entire airport and multiple relaxing lounges and well designed waiting areas. Passengers travelling with children are well catered for with a unique butterfly garden, a koi pond and a movie theatre. All tastes are catered for with hundreds of food outlets.
The Skytrax yearly rankings are a comprehensive ranking based on the opinions of over 13 million travellers from 106 different countries rating airports across nearly 40 parameters. European and Us airports have some way to go before they are making an impression in a top ten dominated by Asian airports