Skytrax has unveiled its latest ranking of the best airports in the world. What comes as little surprise is that Asia has five of its hubs at the forefront of the list, with Changi International Airport in Singapore coming out on top for the sixth time in a row. Comfort, practical aspects, services and personnel were all part of the judging criteria.
Skytrax – a website specialising in commercial aviation – has just unveiled its annual ranking of the top airports in the world at World Airport Awards ceremony in Stockholm (Sweden) on 21 March. Asian hubs are well represented, occupying the top five places in the 2018 ranking, which takes into account the friendliness and efficiency of the staff as well as the comfort, access and services offered by each airport, Business Insider explains.
For the sixth year in a row, the overall winner is Changi International Airport in Singapore. The winner of the 2018 study, based on votes cast by travellers, owes its top spot in no small part to its facilities. Changi International Airport has a slide, spas and cinemas, which its 62.2 million passengers each year can enjoy.
Just after Singapore airport comes Incheon outside Seoul, in South Korea, which has moved up a place since 2017 and includes a national museum of culture.
Tokyo Haneda Airport (Japan) rounds out the podium, having fallen one spot since the previous year. It is located close to the Japanese capital, making it very practical for the 80 million people who transited through it in 2016. Next in line is Hong Kong airport, which has a golf course, and Doha Hamad in Qatar, which stands out courtesy of its luxury and architectural style.
The first European airport comes in at sixth in the ranking. Munich (Germany) does not have a full-size golf course but its well-lit facilities do enable passengers to play mini-golf. On a totally different theme, the Nagoya hub in Japan, known as Central Japan International (or "Centrair") has traditional baths that travellers can enjoy. It was voted seventh best overall and best regional airport in the world.
At No.8 we have Heathrow airport in London (UK), whose Terminal 5 was voted "Best terminal in the world". Zurich (Switzerland), and Frankfurt (Germany), which is the main Lufthansa hub, round out the Skytrax top 10 and are followed in order by Tokyo Narita (Japan), Amsterdam Schiphol (Netherlands), Kansai in the bay of Osaka (Japan), Vancouver (Canada) and Taiwan Taoyuan, which is currently being expanded. The best-ranked airport in France was Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, which came in at No.37.