Skip to comments.2014: The 10 Best Airports In The World
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
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.
8. Zurich Airport
Yearly passengers: 24.8 million
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Not even one in the U.S.
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.
Not 1 U.S. airport I see.
The elites have made flying a living hell.
“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.
What? Where is Danang on that list?
I’ve always wanted to go to Singapore. Add it to our list.
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.
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.
As I recall, Danang’s airport wasn’t so great in 1969.
Augusta, GA has a very small airport, but is one of the most pleasant airports that I’ve been in.
I can agree with Vancouver, it’s a very nice airport but Heathrow?! Someone’s had a few pints too many.
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.
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.
Id 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.
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.
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!
I enjoy the new Terminal B in San Antonio.
See my Post #17 and reconsider...
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.
Camranh Bay was my gate to heaven! What is Ton Son Nhut
like these days?
"Danang Me...Danang Me...they oughta take a rope and hang me....."
Good point! Great for departures....arrivals not so much!
Williamsport, PA, and I’d put Mosinee, Wisconsin on the list too.
Having flown around in India, I can start a discussion on the list of worst airports.
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.
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.
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...
Tampa International...best sense 1970.
Lynchburg, Virginia. Even the TSA agents have nice Southern manners.
Ah, Roger Miller, perhaps the greatest Western Philosopher of the last 50 years!
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!
Spokane International is my favorite. Small, easy to get to, direct flights to where you want to go, and gets you out of Spokane.
Don’t forget Miami. My vote for the worst ever.
My airport, DFW International, is really trying my patience these days.
Barcelona did not make the list at it is very nice.
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.
5 of the 10 best in the Far East —
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.
I don’t care if it costs a little more, I fly into Fort Lauderdale, rather than Miami whenever it’s possible.
I bet LAX could make the bottom 10.
My favorite is Honolulu International Airport. They have expanded it since I was a kid in the 60s, 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.
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.
Same thing with JFK.
I despise both and avoid if at all possible.
Great sports bar, wireless internet, and you should see the moving escalator.
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?
I believe they also won the coveted 2012 Idi Amin Award for Creative Use of Razor Wire.
I stopped flying a couple years ago, here you have all this security to intimidate the passengers and what happens?
The pilots kill everyone.
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