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Old October 22nd, 2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Top 10 Best Airports in the World

For travelers weary of long lines at security checkpoints and overpriced fast food, the idea that any airport could be viewed as “best” may seem laughable. However, for travelers lucky enough to have flights that originate or end at any of the airports listed below, the word “best” is totally appropriate. These outstanding airports received the most votes from more than twelve million travelers who participated in a survey administered by Skytrax. Awards for the 2013 World’s Best Airport and nine runners-up were announced at passenger terminal EXPO in Geneva, Switzerland. The winning airports were located largely in Europe and Asia, with only one representative from North America and none from Australia, South America or Africa. The United States was also notably absent from the list of winners.


1. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore





Singapore Changi Airport claimed top prize for the fourth time since the Skytrax awards were initiated, having last won the title in 2010. In addition to winning the top overall award, Singapore Changi Airport, which served more than fifty million passengers in 2012, was named Best Airport in Asia and Best Airport for Leisure Amenities.

2. Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea



Last year’s winner Incheon International Airport slipped to the second place. Still, the main airport serving the South Korean capital is no slouch. In addition to its overall second place finish Incheon received the Best Airport Staff Service – Asia and Best International Transfer Airport awards for 2013


3. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands



For the first time since the Skytrax awards were issued, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands broke into the top three finishers, largely due to its highly-regarded and efficient self-service transfer process. Schiphol also earned top honors for Best Airport in Europe and Best Airport in Western Europe.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Top 10 Best Airports in the World

4. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, China




A third-place finisher for 2012, Hong Kong International Airport slipped to fourth place in the overall voting for the 2013 World’s Best Airport. Nonetheless, Hong Kong International Airport remained a favorite among the voters. In addition to its overall fourth place finish, Hong Kong International airport ranked in the top five among all airports in six different categories.


5. Beijing Capital International Airport, China



Beijing Capital International Airport only began operations in 2008 and has added passenger traffic every year. Nonetheless, the airport maintained its fifth place overall position from 2012 to 2013, and was also named the best airport in China.


6. Munich Airport, Germany



For travelers who hate the dried out microwave fare many airports offer, Munich Airport in Germany features food offerings that are a treat to the palate. In addition to scoring sixth in overall voting for 2013, Munich Airport also earned the award for Best Airport in Central Europe and Best Airport Dining Experience.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 05:06 PM   #3
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Top 10 Best Airports in the World

7. Zurich Airport, Switzerland


If you have ever experienced lost luggage, you will appreciate the fact that Zurich Airport in Switzerland is a perennial winner in the category of Best Airport Baggage Delivery, in addition to scoring seventh place in overall voting in 2013. Zurich Airport also earned the 2013 award for Best Airport Staff Service – Europe.

8. Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada





Finishing in eighth place overall in the 2013 voting, Vancouver International Airport is the only North American representative on the list of World’s Best Airports. Moving up from its overall ninth place finish in 2012, Vancouver International Airport retained the award for Best Airport in North America.


9. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Japan



A new entry in the top ten list of World’s Best Airports, Tokyo International Airport moved up five places from its 2012 position. Haneda took first place in the category of Best Domestic Airport, a new category for 2012, and also snagged the award for Best Airport Terminal Cleanliness.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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Top 10 Best Airports in the World

10. London Heathrow Airport, England (Great Britain)




Rounding the top ten is London Heathrow Airport, earning its place on the list largely due to its highly-regarded Terminal 5, which opened in 2008. T5, as it is commonly known, also earned the award for Best Airport Terminal for the third year in a row. The entire airport has undergone an overhaul, with its efforts rewarded by Heathrow finally earning 4-Star Airport status in 2012.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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Dining Experience

Munich Best Airport Dining Experience can just be meant as a joke! The only Restaurant at the hole airport that does not belong to an restaurant- or fastfood- or bakery chain is the Airbräu. The food there isn't even German average and the service is disgusting. I´ve been there quite a lot times, I know what I'talking about.

Compared to Frankfurt International or London Heathrow, the Dining Experience at Munich Airport is a joke.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 11:05 PM   #6
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World Airport Awards 2013 are out of date - the 2014 awards have been published

The world airport awards were awarded at the 2014 Passenger Terminal Expo...(in Barcelona):

World's best airports 2014

1 Singapore Changi Airport
2 Incheon International Airport
3 Munich Airport
4 Hong Kong International Airport
5 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
6 Tokyo International Airport Haneda
7 Beijing Capital International Airport
8 Zurich Airport
9 Vancouver International Airport
10 London Heathrow Airport

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http://www.worldairportawards.com/
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Old October 24th, 2014, 01:23 AM   #7
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Singapore Changi has nice garden theme
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Old October 24th, 2014, 01:20 PM   #8
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There's many way's to perceive this question as best in what way?

To me best is where it's very functional, and where I can rest if needed in a comfortable manner.

Getting to, and from the airport is very important.

The staff working at the airport says a lot.

The offering of food, and beverages.

Free Wi-Fi is nice to have.

Modern architecture is always nice to look at, but what does that really mean to me if it's not functional. Most airports don't offer free comfortable rest area's because they want you to shop, and spend, basically they're just shopping malls.

Cleanliness is also important, especially when it comes to toilets.

On time arrivals/departures statistics are important.

Feeling free/comfortable also gives a good impression, and not having to worry if the simplest act of what so ever will offend the local culture.

A well connected airport is also important, with plenty of frequencies to multiple cities.

Weather in that part of the world is also important. Who wants to land/take off in bad weather.

Some airports have a lot of prostitution inside they're perimeter believe it or not. Some nasty stuff happens in some or the worlds airport hotels. Basically low crime is also important.

Airports with good English speaking employees.

Good lounges for frequent flyers is very important to them.

The list can go on, and on to name a few so like I said this question needs to be a little more precise in the way you perceive it. What might be good to some one, is probably not that good to some one else. Finding the perfect combination of what's good for you I think is most important.

SkyTrax, and other award based polls don't get it right all time either.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 03:02 AM   #9
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I am surprised to see Heathrow in the Top 10. I did not really see anything remarkable about Heathrow when I flew in/out of there (granted I have yet to experience Terminal 5). However I can vouch for Munich as having one of the best airports in the world. They even had a German biergarten/christmas market at the airport itself and the layout makes it much easier to navigate compared with Frankfurt or Paris CDG.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 08:43 AM   #10
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I am surprised to see Heathrow in the Top 10. I did not really see anything remarkable about Heathrow when I flew in/out of there (granted I have yet to experience Terminal 5). However I can vouch for Munich as having one of the best airports in the world. They even had a German biergarten/christmas market at the airport itself and the layout makes it much easier to navigate compared with Frankfurt or Paris CDG.
Basically, Terminal 5 is the best in Heathrow (Ive flown in all of them). However, as Heathrow is 99.9% up to capacity, I commend them on their efficiency!

I wonder where Dubai Int'l is in the list? And the new Doha Airport? Perhaps next year's list will change.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #11
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Basically, Terminal 5 is the best in Heathrow (Ive flown in all of them). However, as Heathrow is 99.9% up to capacity, I commend them on their efficiency!

I wonder where Dubai Int'l is in the list? And the new Doha Airport? Perhaps next year's list will change.
Dubai's T3 is a disaster and the worst designed terminal I can think of.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 10:37 AM   #12
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There's many way's to perceive this question as best in what way?

To me best is where it's very functional, and where I can rest if needed in a comfortable manner.

Getting to, and from the airport is very important.

The staff working at the airport says a lot.

The offering of food, and beverages.

Free Wi-Fi is nice to have.

Modern architecture is always nice to look at, but what does that really mean to me if it's not functional. Most airports don't offer free comfortable rest area's because they want you to shop, and spend, basically they're just shopping malls.

Cleanliness is also important, especially when it comes to toilets.

On time arrivals/departures statistics are important.

Feeling free/comfortable also gives a good impression, and not having to worry if the simplest act of what so ever will offend the local culture.

A well connected airport is also important, with plenty of frequencies to multiple cities.

Weather in that part of the world is also important. Who wants to land/take off in bad weather.

Some airports have a lot of prostitution inside they're perimeter believe it or not. Some nasty stuff happens in some or the worlds airport hotels. Basically low crime is also important.

Airports with good English speaking employees.

Good lounges for frequent flyers is very important to them.

The list can go on, and on to name a few so like I said this question needs to be a little more precise in the way you perceive it. What might be good to some one, is probably not that good to some one else. Finding the perfect combination of what's good for you I think is most important.

SkyTrax, and other award based polls don't get it right all time either.
Prostitution in airports? WHAT?
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Prostitution in airports? WHAT?
Yup, inside Amsterdam airport hotel believe it, or not.
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http://baltic-review.com/2013/04/dut...to-their-work/

or just Google prostitution at Amsterdam airport. Sick, not a place to rest if you have a family.
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EEErrrrrrrrr......!

LOL.......good exercise before departure......!....LOL
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The best designed airport is Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. I've never seen such an ingredible architecture like this.







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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:10 PM   #17
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Mexico City's Terminal 2 is pretty similar to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport design wise with the interior.

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http://baltic-review.com/2013/04/dut...to-their-work/ or just Google prostitution at Amsterdam airport. Sick, not a place to rest if you have a family.
Haha it's indeed strange to have prostitutions. But Schiphol is a real airport-city with a grand casino, international library, tiny Rijksmuseum with Rembrandts paintings, small airport park, a Fokker 100 plane on the panorama deck, spa, etc. I think I f you stuck for a day at an airport, the best airport could be Schiphol. Schiphol is one of the most ugliest airport on this planet, but it is a efficient airport with a lot of facilities.

To stay the most preferred airport in Europe, Schiphol started to transform Lounge 2. There are seven theme's or worlds. One theme is for family and children's, with picknicktables, playgrounds, little play park. The other themes worlds are: Luxery, Travel & Culture, Fashion & Lifestyle, Modern Dutch and XpresSpa. The renovation is expected to be completed by this summer. Annually there are 14 million travelers that passes lounge 2.
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Mexico City's Terminal 2 is pretty similar to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport design wise with the interior.

Scroll the pic left to right with arrow keys to get a trippy effect.
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Wow, Shenzhen looks amazing!
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