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World's Top 10 Airports

Updated on October 11, 2017
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Hey, guys here I am today to unveil world's top 10 airports. It's a pleasure to do this for sure. This ranking is based on Skytrax Annual Ranking declared on 14th of March 2017 in Amsterdam. Also popular as Passenger Choice Awards, these are the most famed awards in the Airport Sector. This classification is based on the response from approximately 14 million international airline customers across 105 countries. This analysis includes 550+ airports and encompasses 30+ service and performance criterion which includes list of available facilities, bathroom location, language skills of airport staff etc


1. Singapore Changi International Airport

Singapore Changi International Airport
Singapore Changi International Airport | Source

Guys, there's absolutely no surprise here for the top spot. Singapore Changi International Airport has been the winner of highly acclaimed Skytrax Annual Ranking Awards for the fifth successive time. This airport is simply nothing less than an awesome experience!

Changi Airport, located on the eastern side of Singapore has direct flights to 200+ important cities across the globe. This is one of the World's Busiest Airport with a very high Frequency of Passengers with approximately 5000 arrivals and departures recorded within a week. Besides, more than 80 International Airlines operates out of Changi Airport. Keeping in mind its current amazing track records, it's highly unlikely that any other airport to better Changi's performance in the near future.

The winning note from Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group goes like this - "To be named the World's Best Airport by Skytrax for the fifth year running is a significant achievement for Changi Airport and a clear affirmation that we continue to hit the right notes in our pursuit of service excellence. We do not take this recognition for granted; it is the extraordinary effort and commitment of the entire airport community that drives Changi’s success. We thank our passengers and partners alike for their continued support and confidence in us."

The airport has got something for everyone. Some of its exquisite amenities include Movie Theaters, Rooftop Swimming Pool, Butterfly Garden, World's Tallest Airport Slide, Aviation Gallery and what not.


2. Tokyo International Airport, Haneda

Tokyo International Airport, Haneda
Tokyo International Airport, Haneda | Source

Haneda Airport, widely known as Tokyo International Airport commenced in the year 1931. The second busiest airport in Asia is equally popular among the business travellers and tourists. The world's fifth busiest airport has three terminals with an array of Shopping Centers, Restaurants, Lounges, Conference Rooms, etc. Owing to its cleanliness and service competency, it's ranking has improved from number four position last year to number two position this year. It's definitely the one to watch out for. It also has been given a "5-star airport" rating for four consecutive years by Skytrax.


3. Incheon Int'l Airport

Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport | Source

Incheon International Airport is built on a northwestern island of South Korea. The airport stands on a man-made piece of land between Yeongjong and Yongyu Islands. Inaugurated in the year 2001, this airport boasts itself as one of the World's most elite airports with unique niceties like the golf course, ice skating arena, casino, gardens, etc. The airport is also famous for cultural programs and a Korean cultural museum. Incheon International Airport, which has just one passenger terminal now is soon going to have two passenger terminals. Departures and arrivals hardly take 15 - 20 minutes from this airport, thus making it the fastest among all. This airport has been a one time winner of esteemed World Airport Awards. Incheon International Airport, the largest airport in South Korea is 24th busiest airport in the world.

And hey the list does not stop here! It's also known for countless shopping and dining options.

4. Munich Airport

Munich International Airport
Munich International Airport | Source

What makes Munich the 4th Best? Munich airport, one of the very few with its own brewery has 100+ shopping centres and 50+ dining and lounge options. Just go ahead and enjoy this breathtaking experience. One of the most engaged airports of Europe ranks as the 2nd most active airport in Germany. Situated to the northeast of Munich, this airport connects to almost all the major cities in the world. Munich International Airport forms a primary meeting point for several major aircraft like Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Condor etc.


5. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport | Source

Built on a man-made island off the Hong Kong coast, this airport is one of the busiest airports in Asia. Started in the year 1998, it forms a hub for 100+ major air carriers and is connected to 200+ major cities all over the world. Wow! That's huge! You get the best of the food here! If the food quality would have been the sole benchmark for airport excellence, this airport would have surely ranked one. It's been ranked as the World's Best Airport for Dining in Skytrax Annual Rankings 2017. It has three terminals each of which has got loads of shopping, dining and entertainment options.This airport definitely plays a huge role in Hong Kong's economy.

In order to catch up with upcoming air traffic splurge, Hong Kong International Airport has decided to implement a three-runway system (3RS).



6. Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport
Hamad International Airport | Source

The international airport of Doha - Hamad International Airport has an enormous capacity of 30 million passengers annually. One of the costliest airports of the world started in the year 2014. Its 2 terminals which spread over a sprawling 5400 acres of land took $16 billion to build. The only airport in the middle east to earn a "5-star Airport" ranking has improved tremendously which clearly reflects in its jump from 22nd position in 2015 to 10th position in 2016 to 6th position in 2017. Surely, it'll go a long way!

Get inside Hamad International Airport to a whole new world of never before experienced - airport comfort, convenience and choice.


7. Central Japan International Airport

Central Japan International Airport
Central Japan International Airport | Source

It took 5 long years to build and was opened in the year 2005. Central Japan International Airport, also known as Centrair is located near Nagoya and forms the primary international gateway for the Central Japan. The airport which has been awarded as "The Best Regional Airport" in Skytrax Annual Awards 2016 is a highly active airport internationally as well as domestically. This year it has been awarded a "5 - star airport" rating.

Being situated in an earthquake-prone region, it has a Seismic Design and features Geo Techniques Building Structure.


8. Zurich International Airport

Zurich International Airport
Zurich International Airport | Source

Zurich International Airport, the biggest international airport in Switzerland was formally inaugurated in the year 1953. The most engaged airport of Switzerland is situated in the city of Zurich. Besides having an excellent domestic connectivity, it is also very well connected internationally to nearly 200 major international destinations through 70+ renowned air carriers. It has 3 terminals and 3 runways. One of the biggest USP of the airport is the magnificent view of Alpine it offers.


9. Heathrow International Airport

Heathrow International Airport
Heathrow International Airport | Source

Inaugurated in the year 1929, Heathrow Airport is highly active internationally as well as domestically. Europe's busiest Airport is also the 2nd most Internationally busiest Airport. It is situated to the west of central London and is built on a huge area of more than 12 square kilometres. It has four terminals, each with shops, restaurants, currency exchange facilities, information counters, accommodation desks, etc. It forms a hub for 100+ airlines across the world. It connects to 150+ international destinations across the world.

10. Frankfurt International Airport

Frankfurt International Airport
Frankfurt International Airport | Source

Come to Germany's Frankfurt airport and brace yourself for an out and out amazing experience! The largest airport in Germany is the third largest airport in Europe. The airport consists of two passenger terminals and four runways. Each passenger terminal comprises of office spaces, hotels, conference parks, shopping malls etc! With an excellent connectivity to the rest of the city through bus and train network, this airport is spread across a huge area of 2,000 hectares. It connects to 250+ international destinations through a network of 100 major air crafts.



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