Skytrax presented the result of a macro survey made to air travelers. This is your verdict. As every year, Skytrax, the portal specialized in air transport, awards the World Airport Awards to the best airports in the world, according to an opinion poll of more than 13.73 million travelers from more than 100 different nationalities, covering 550 airports on the planet.
The survey evaluates different airport services, ranging from ‘check-in’ to arrivals and departures, transfers, security, purchases or immigration, among others. And, as has become usual, it is the sixth consecutive year in which Changi Airport, Singapore, occupies the first place in the ‘ranking.’
These are the Best Airports in the World:
- Changi Airport (Singapore)
These are its numbers: 62.2 million passengers in 2017 and around 7,200 flights that land or depart from Changi each week. That means that there is approximately one flight every 80 seconds. Among its countless services, it has playgrounds, art shows, outdoor gardens and interiors with trails, butterflies and flowers, swimming pool, jacuzzi, laundry, relaxation areas with massages included or tours of the city, designed for travellers with times of high connection.
- Incheon International Airport (South Korea)
The Incheon International Airport mobilizes 100 million passengers a year, who rate its staff as excellent. It has a golf course, a spa, relaxation area, a capsule hotel, a swimming pool on the terrace, the Museum of Korean Culture, the Traditional Arts Gallery and the Street of Culture Arrival Hall, which offers the opportunity to appreciate the richness of Korean arts and culture. Besides, it offers meeting rooms, a dance hall, museums, a casino, indoor gardens, and 90 shops.
- Haneda International Airport (Tokyo, Japan)
Last year, more than 80 million passengers passed through the airport, and this number is expected to increase further in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was also chosen as the cleanest airport in the world. It has a large 360º observation platform on the terrace with a cafeteria, space for children to play, a hotel for pets and a gigantic shopping center, a market and a planetarium to observe the stars.
- Hong Kong International Airport (China)
This airport, designed by Norman Foster and built on an artificial island with land reclaimed from the sea, has been recognized as the best passenger transit in the world and also the best to eat. With an average of 1,100 daily flights, 79.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 2017. It has a 4D IMAX movie theater, exhibits, a center for discovering aviation, showers, rest areas, eight games rooms, a gym, and a golf course.
- Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar)
The international airport of Hamad is the international airport of Doha, capital of Qatar. The terminal houses up to 30 million passengers a year and has been described as the most architecturally important set in the world, besides being one of the most luxurious.
It has exclusive signature stores, artistic installations created by world-renowned authors, racetracks, squash courts, three mosques, a swimming pool, spa and all kinds of services to satisfy travelers.
- Munich Airport (Germany)
The airport of Munich-Franz Josef Strauss is, once again, the best in Europe. Serves more than 100 airlines from 73 countries. It has mini-golf, games rooms, sleeping micro cabs, showers, a robot with artificial intelligence to help passengers, bus tours to get to know the complex, conference rooms and a wide commercial and gastronomic offer, ideal to enjoy the cuisine of the region.
- Chubu Centrair International Airport (Japan)
Chubu Centrair is the second airport in Japan and one of the most modern in the world. Built on an artificial island in Ise Bay, it was opened in February 2005, in time for the 2005 Aichi Expo. It has a thermal water complex, an exclusive and cosy interior garden, ideal for relaxing, a Japanese-style spa overlooking the takeoff and landing of aircraft.
- Heathrow Airport (London, Great Britain)
Heathrow has the highest air traffic in Europe: around 81 airlines operate, which fly to 204 destinations, which means that 78 million passengers pass through its facilities per year. An art gallery, chapel, live music venues, and signature restaurants by prestigious chefs such as Gordon Ramsey are just some of the services offered by the airfield, as well as multiple boutiques and the Harrods store.
- Zurich Airport (Switzerland)
Also known as Kloten airport, it has a volume of more than 29 million passengers per year. It is the most important hub of Swiss International Air Lines and dispatches to 196 destinations in 62 countries. It is located about 12 kilometres from the city and offers a large panoramic terrace, rent rooms for sleeping, showers, tours of the airport, games room, gym, spa services, beauty salon, and others.
- Frankfurt Airport (Germany)
More than 64.5 million passengers travelled from Germany’s largest airport, serving 98 airlines in 250 destinations in 105 countries. The airport is the base of operations of the Lufthansa company. It has a direct connection with the European network of the high speed of German Rail and services like canine pension, the celebration of weddings, personal advisor, rent of strollers for children and zone of games, among others.