The best airports in the world

The winners of the annual World Airport Awards have been revealed.

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been crowned the World’s Best Airport for the seventh consecutive year.

The airport, which has become a tourist hotspot for Singapore, won due to its renowned architecture, shopping/dining options and various entertainment precincts including a movie theatre, butterfly sanctuary and indoor waterfall.

International air transport rating agency Skytrax said the annual award rankings were based on the impressions of flyers from more than 100 countries.

Skytrax surveyed more than 550 airports on 39 performance indicators including facility comfort, bathroom locations and the language skills of airport staff.

“To be voted the World’s Best Airport for the seventh consecutive year is a truly fabulous achievement for Changi Airport, and this award continues to underline the airport’s popularity with international air travellers,” Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said.

Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang said it was an honour to be named the World’s Best Airport again.

“We thank our passengers for their continued support,” Mr Hiang said.

“Their vote of confidence motivates us in our pursuit of service excellence and pushes us to continue redefining what an airport can be.”

In terms of the overall rankings, Asia dominated with Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and South Korea’s Incheon International Airport rounding out the top three.

European airports also performed well, winning seven of the top 15 spots. No airports from Australia or America cracked the top 15.

The World’s Best Airports:

 1. Singapore Changi International Airport

  • Yearly passengers: 65.6 million

The seven-time winner of the award is the 19th busiest airport in the world and serves as home to Singapore Airlines, Silkair and Tigerair. The airport is renowned for its plethora of luxury amenities and dining, shopping and entertainment options including spas, movie theatres and a corkscrew slide.

2. Tokyo Haneda International Airport

  • Yearly passengers: 87.1 million

The fourth busiest airport in the world has proved popular with travellers for its service efficiency, cleanliness and shopping options. The airport is one of two major international airports which serve Tokyo.

3. Incheon International Airport

  • Yearly passengers: 68.4 million

Located on an island outside of the South Korean capital, Incheon was highly regarded for its amenities and Korean culture museum. The airport has previously placed second in Skytrax’s awards and is the 16th busiest airport in the world.

4. Hamad International Airport

Yearly passengers: 34.5 million

Serving as the sole international airport for Qatar and home to Qatar Airwars, Hamad opened to international acclaim in 2014. Skytrax described the facility as the most architecturally significant and luxurious terminal complex in the world.

5. Hong Kong International Airport

  • Yearly passengers: 74.5 million

Built on an artificial island off the coast of Hong Kong, the airport is one of the busiest in Asia. The airport has been popular with tourists since opening in 1998 and is home to Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express and Cathay Dragon.

  • 6. Chubu Centrair International Airport (Japan)
  • 7. Munich Airport
  • 8. London Heathrow Airport
  • 9. Tokyo Narita International Airport
  • 10. Zurich Airport
  • 11. Kansai International Airport (Japan)
  • 12. Frankfurt Airport
  • 13. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
  • 14. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  • 15. Copenhagen Airport

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