Aviation ranking website Skytrax recently released a list which ranks airports around the world according to the ratings it received from customers across the globe. If you're wondering, Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport ranks 63rd, followed by Bengaluru International Airport at 64th. In this list, we've got the top 15 best airports in the world.
1. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
Yearly passengers: 62.2 million
Singapore Changi Airport has held the title of the best airport in the world since 2012. It serves as the home to Singapore Airlines, Silkair, and Tigerair. The airport is the world’s 16th busiest. It is praised for its architecture, efficiency of its operations, amenities, and a variety of dining and shopping options.
2. Incheon International Airport, South Korea
Yearly passengers: 62 million
Located on an island outside Seoul, Incheon International Airport is the home base to Korean Air and the 24th busiest airport in the world. It's lauded for its facilities, shopping and dining options, and a bevvy of cultural performances. The airport also has a Korean cultural museum.
3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan
Yearly passengers: 85.4 million
Haneda International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the world. It's known for its efficiency in service, cleanliness, and shopping.
4. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Yearly passengers: 72.8 million
The Hong Kong International Airport is built on an artificial island near the coast of Hong Kong. The airport is home to Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, and Dragonair.
5. Hamad International Airport, Qatar
Yearly passengers: 37.3 million
Hamad International Airport is home to Qatar Airways. The airport cost $16 billion to construct and sits on top of 5,400 acres of land. It is the most architecturally significant and luxurious terminal complex in the world.
6. Munich Airport, Germany
Yearly passengers: 44.6 million
Munich Airport serves as a major hub for Air Berlin and Condor. The architecture of the airport features an airy and glass heavy structure.
7. Central Japan International Airport, Japan
Yearly passengers: 10.1 million
Also known as Centrair, Central Japan International Airport holds the distinction of being the best regional airport in the world. The airport has a 1,000-foot Skydeck where passengers can view ships sail into the Port of Nagoya.
8. London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
Yearly passengers: 78 million
London Heathrow Airport is the world’s seventh-busiest airport. The airport serves as the main hub for British airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Its Terminal 5 building, which is now 8 years old, was named as the best airport terminal in the world.
9. Zurich Airport, Switzerland
Yearly passengers: 29.3 million
Zurich Airport is the home base for Swiss International Airlines. The airport offers bicycles and inline-skate rentals to passengers with an extended layover. It also offers excursions to the Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne.
10. Frankfurt Airport, Germany
Yearly passengers: 64.5 million
Frankfurt is one of the most important transit hubs in the world. It is the home base for a fleet of 280 Lufthansa jets. It is praised for the ease of transit between terminals and a multitude of shopping and dining options.
11. Tokyo Narita International Airport, Japan
Yearly passengers: 39 million
Located a few miles outside Tokyo, Narita handles most of the international traffic of the city. It is praised for its friendly and efficient staff, cleanliness, and a wide variety of dining options.
12. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands
Yearly passengers: 68.5 million
Schiphol is one of the busiest airports in Europe. The airport is praised for a wide variety of leisure activities and a library to cosy up with a book while waiting for the flight.
13. Kansai International Airport, Japan
Yearly passengers: 25.2 million
Located on an island in the Osaka Bay, the airport is a major hub for Japan Airlines. The airport is highly praised for its modern architecture, cleanliness, and helpful staff.
14. Vancouver International Airport, Canada
Yearly passengers: 24 million
Vancouver airport is the top-ranked airport in North America. It is known for its friendly staff, easy access to downtown Vancouver, and high level of organization.
15. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan
Yearly passengers: 44.8 million
Located just on the outskirts of Taipei, Taoyuan is the largest airport of the country. It has received positive reviews for its polite service, fast immigration lines, and clean environment.
So, the next time you plan for a trip abroad, make sure your airline routes you through one of these airports and be awed by their beauty and magnificence.