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2014: The 10 Best Airports In The World
Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2014 | ALEX DAVIES AND JULIE ZEVELOFF

Posted on 03/27/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Skytrax has released the results of its annual World Airport Awards and, once again, Singapore's Changi Airport has taken the top spot. It's no surprise that Changi came out on top again. The international transit hub has incredible amenities, such as a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theaters, hotels, spas, and showers — and even a four-story slide.

Skytrax based its rankings on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities and included 410 airports worldwide. It incorporated passenger satisfaction across nearly 40 categories, including service and shopping and security and immigration.

All the airports commended last year made the 2014 list, but in a slightly different order.

10. London's Heathrow Airport

Yearly passengers: 69.4 million

Why it's awesome: Despite London Mayor Boris Johnson's concern that Heathrow gives visitors "a terrible impression of the U.K.," the overcrowded airport made it into Skytrax's top 10.

The third-busiest airport in the world in 2011, it took home the awards for Best Airport Shopping and Best Airport Terminal, for T5, which opened in 2008 after a $6.2 billion, 19-year design and construction process.

Heathrow's Skytrax review includes four or five out of five-star rankings for ease of use, flight information, public transport, security staff efficiency, and more

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9. Vancouver International Airport

Yearly passengers: 18 million

Why it's awesome: The least busy airport in Skytrax's top 10, Vancouver International offers visitors a large collection of Pacific Northwest native art.

Skytrax named Vancouver International the Best Airport in North America for the fourth year in a row in 2013, a streak that justifies the $1.4 billion that the airport spent on a recent expansion. It also ranked top for staff.

Volunteers, known as green coat ambassadors, help travelers get to where they're going.

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8. Zurich Airport

Yearly passengers: 24.8 million

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1 posted on 03/27/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not even one in the U.S.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 1:08:30 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where’s the list of best airports regardless of size? I’d put in Norfolk, VA Airport as one of the best - a very pleasant place.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 1:09:59 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: SeekAndFind

Not 1 U.S. airport I see.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 1:12:07 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: PoloSec

The elites have made flying a living hell.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 1:12:25 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: PoloSec

“Not even one in the U.S”

Are you surprised???

Reagan National’s redo a few years ago could put it in contention architecturally, but like all US airports, it’s still fairly mediocre AND boring. Taxpayers would revolt were we to invest heavily in a ‘show’ airport anywhere in the U.S.A.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 1:13:15 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: stylecouncilor

What? Where is Danang on that list?

I’ve always wanted to go to Singapore. Add it to our list.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 1:15:13 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: PapaNew

I’ve never been to Norfolk, but Austin has a nice airport. Most domestic airports I fly to are pigpens designed to torture passengers, with officious local “security” outside and officious TSA “security” inside; terrible rental car access; cattle call luggage recovery, etc., etc.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 1:17:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s interesting that most of the Asian airports graded out well in cleanliness. If the Japanese and Koreans I know are good indicators of these cultures, you can probably eat right off the floor in those airports.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 1:17:34 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: onedoug

As I recall, Danang’s airport wasn’t so great in 1969.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:06 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Augusta, GA has a very small airport, but is one of the most pleasant airports that I’ve been in.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:20 PM PDT by kidd
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To: SeekAndFind

I can agree with Vancouver, it’s a very nice airport but Heathrow?! Someone’s had a few pints too many.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 1:19:50 PM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: SeekAndFind

Holy Cow. I have been in 8 out of 10 of the airports and stayed in each city either on business or vacation. The only two I did not fly in or out of the airport is Vancouver and Zurich.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 1:20:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I checked the list to be sure Athens, Greece, wasn’t on there as a good airport. I will never forget the filthy restroom with flies on the toilet seat.

I have been to several of those “good” airports on the list. As long as the airport is clean, restrooms clean, and they provide transportation (motorized carts/whatever) to get to a gate if it is far away, and there is somewhere near to grab a food/drink to eat before having to board, the airport is fine. Shopping isn’t important - getting where you have to be, is.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:43 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today.))
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To: PapaNew

I’d put in Norfolk, VA Airport as one of the best - a very pleasant place.

I wholeheartedly agree. I would add Pittsburg to the mix too.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:44 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: PoloSec

Yeap. I am sure if there were a bottom 10 major airports the US would fill that up. The three NYC metro airports would make that list. With the NIMBYs, corruption, and enviro/labor rules, Asia is going to leave us in their dust.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:49 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: onedoug

I’ve been privileged to visit Singapore, Amsterdam, Zurich & Heathrow...and Danang. I would rank them in that order, too. Singapore is awesome.

Danang in 2004 was not too bad.

Danang (departing) in 1969 was the gate to heaven!

:-)


17 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: BwanaNdege

I enjoy the new Terminal B in San Antonio.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 1:25:59 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: clintonh8r
As I recall, Danang’s airport wasn’t so great in 1969.

See my Post #17 and reconsider...

:-)

19 posted on 03/27/2014 1:30:22 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: SeekAndFind

How about a list of the worst large airports?

The U.S. airports would definitely make that list. Atlanta, Dulles, New Orleans, LAX. The regional jet terminal for Houston Bush is absolutely the worst. Not surprised that no US airports made the best list.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 1:33:55 PM PDT by okkev68
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To: BwanaNdege

Camranh Bay was my gate to heaven! What is Ton Son Nhut
like these days?


21 posted on 03/27/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: BwanaNdege
Danang (departing) in 1969 was the gate to heaven!

"Danang Me...Danang Me...they oughta take a rope and hang me....."

22 posted on 03/27/2014 1:37:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BwanaNdege

Good point! Great for departures....arrivals not so much!


23 posted on 03/27/2014 1:43:37 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Williamsport, PA, and I’d put Mosinee, Wisconsin on the list too.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 1:45:04 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SeekAndFind

Having flown around in India, I can start a discussion on the list of worst airports.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 1:45:31 PM PDT by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

Bunk. Most of these countries don’t even have indoor
plumbing, paved roads, electricity or phone service.
Heathrow? Come on.

The one thing that all these countries have in common. None
of them have a bill of rights.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 1:46:29 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: SeekAndFind
The best airport experiences I've had in the US, were way back when I was flying Army helicopters. When we flew far from base for training or deployment, we would fuel at the same FBOs (fixed base operator) where the general aviation, private-jet crowd fueled. Very nice accommodations, free food and snacks (we had to pass on the booze), good-looking female staff, etc. And of course, no TSA.
27 posted on 03/27/2014 1:46:31 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: SeekAndFind
3S7-Nehalem Oregon
28 posted on 03/27/2014 1:48:49 PM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: BwanaNdege

I’m originally from Vancouver so I thought it was a laugher. YVR is just “clean”, and I’m not even impressed. I head there being an EX kanadian, twice/3x in a year. Actually, it’s effing’ boring. If you are so impressed with totem poles of Natives, by all means, call it the best LOL

Plus, I head to HK as my sister works for a multinational bank so I also visit her twice/3x a year on the way to the Philippines. Same thing: it’s clean.


29 posted on 03/27/2014 1:51:21 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been to the WORST airport in the world every year: the NAIA in the Philippines and 4 of the 10 best according to this ranking. I’m more excited about the RP because you will just laugh at how corrupt these clowns are at the airport after disembarking...


30 posted on 03/27/2014 1:53:16 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

Tampa International...best sense 1970.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 1:59:32 PM PDT by stboz
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To: SeekAndFind

Lynchburg, Virginia. Even the TSA agents have nice Southern manners.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 2:14:04 PM PDT by Wage Slave
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To: dfwgator
"Danang Me...Danang Me...they oughta take a rope and hang me....."

Ah, Roger Miller, perhaps the greatest Western Philosopher of the last 50 years!

33 posted on 03/27/2014 2:29:45 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: RitchieAprile

I only made it to DaNang & Saigon. Yes, all the locals we met still call it Saigon.

Both were OK airports. Not at all like, say, Mogadishu, Llongwe or Port au Prince.

:-)

Truthfully, I’d prefer Saigon or DaNang to JFK...just the airport experience, not being on American soil vs Vietnamese. If need be, once I get to JFK I could WALK home in a few months!


34 posted on 03/27/2014 2:36:47 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: SeekAndFind

Spokane International is my favorite. Small, easy to get to, direct flights to where you want to go, and gets you out of Spokane.


35 posted on 03/27/2014 2:42:51 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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To: okkev68

Don’t forget Miami. My vote for the worst ever.


36 posted on 03/27/2014 2:42:59 PM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Afterguard

My airport, DFW International, is really trying my patience these days.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 2:43:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PoloSec
For US Airport, the Albuquerque Airport is the most unique and comfortable Airport in the US. For international flights, most are older and not laid-out well for international travel.

Barcelona did not make the list at it is very nice.

38 posted on 03/27/2014 2:46:15 PM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: PoloSec

My favorite is Honolulu International Airport. They have expanded it since I was a kid in the ‘60’s, but the minute you get off the plane and feel the soft trade winds and the air fragrant with flowers, you know you are in paradise.

In my estimation, no other American or tropical airport has this kind of ambrosial ambiance.


39 posted on 03/27/2014 2:47:56 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: SeekAndFind

5 of the 10 best in the Far East —


40 posted on 03/27/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: PapaNew

Yes. My wife and I fly there often from Miami to visit our daughter at Little Creek. It is a relief to get out of MIA and fly there.


41 posted on 03/27/2014 2:51:46 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Sigurdrifta

I don’t care if it costs a little more, I fly into Fort Lauderdale, rather than Miami whenever it’s possible.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 2:52:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet LAX could make the bottom 10.


43 posted on 03/27/2014 2:55:48 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: lulu16

My favorite is Honolulu International Airport. They have expanded it since I was a kid in the ‘60’s, but the minute you get off the plane and feel the soft trade winds and the air fragrant with flowers, you know you are in paradise.

True


44 posted on 03/27/2014 2:58:18 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: PoloSec
It's not even close. US airports are an embarrassment in comparison with almost anything in Asia (just like our airlines). Have to say, though, that some of them have been improved greatly over what they were twenty years ago (LaGuardia, O'Hare, and even Denver Int'l now that they've finally fixed the luggage issues are all OK).

Changi is just amazing and they got the best airport in Europe right on the sublist (Schiphol). But how Heathrow and Zurich made a top ten list like this is beyond me. Except for the new Terminal 5 Heathrow is a dump, and having been through Zurich just last January it didn't strike me as anything special. There are several airports in the richer parts of the Middle East (Dubai for instance) that almost approach the standards set by Singapore, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

45 posted on 03/27/2014 3:11:51 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: South40
I agree about Heathrow. Every time we fly through there something happens that is a major charlie foxtrot.

Same thing with JFK.

I despise both and avoid if at all possible.

46 posted on 03/27/2014 3:23:57 PM PDT by doberville
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To: SeekAndFind
I cannot believe they passed on in Bagui Airport, Central Africa Republic.

Great sports bar, wireless internet, and you should see the moving escalator.


47 posted on 03/27/2014 3:33:50 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SeekAndFind

I fly to/from Reagan to either Tampa or Orlando several times a year. Reagan is small and not much there, but it used to be a (relatively) quick and not too unpleasant airport if handled a certain way (i.e. Terminal C). Since the AA/US Airways merger, though — not so much!

Never had any problems in Tampa; it is usually fast and efficient. Other than security, Orlando is usually nice as well, although I have had more delays from there than Tampa.

I have had good experiences at Phoenix as well. No complaints! I do like walking though. And I have never had any problems at DFW, although maybe it was because I always had plenty of time.

But I agree with the posters who said they’d rather pay more to avoid Miami — what a mess! And as far as Atlanta, well, isn’t it true that when somebody dies and goes to hell, on the way they have to change planes in Atlanta?


48 posted on 03/27/2014 3:36:57 PM PDT by daltec
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To: SkyPilot

I believe they also won the coveted 2012 Idi Amin Award for Creative Use of Razor Wire.


49 posted on 03/27/2014 3:37:41 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

I stopped flying a couple years ago, here you have all this security to intimidate the passengers and what happens?

The pilots kill everyone.


50 posted on 03/27/2014 3:39:07 PM PDT by Spartan302
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