How is your travel experience lately?
Travelling anywhere in the world can provide a sense of fulfilment. However, there are several factors that affect the travel experience. The first and most important aspect is the airport. The ambience can be a major factor of an airport’s reputation. Afterall, when travelling, we spend a lot of waiting time in airports. Imagine spending half a day or more in an airport that is just – well, plain boring? Good news, there are actually a lot of exciting airports in the world! Check out the 10 best airports around the world.
Let’s take a look into the top 10 airports are according to World Airport Awards:
1. Singapore Changi Airport
Photo: Christian Junker – AHKGAP
Staying strong at the top spot for three years, Changi Airport is continuing to walk in the path of prestige. Being the best among the top 10 airports in the world, its position is undeniably due to its state-of-the-art facilities and the nature-friendly atmosphere. Minding how ‘customer-centered’ their facilities are, passengers can be free from the common stress while traveling. High-end designer shops, free internet access and phone charging terminals, play areas for kids, bars, fitness centers, first class lounging area – Changi Airport keeps in mind passengers’ satisfaction and comfort.
Truly, Changi Airport deserves this spot.
2. Incheon International Airport
Photo: Tzuhsun Hsu
Similar to Changi Airport, Incheon International Airport currently holds its position for the third year in a row. During the awarding ceremony, they did not only rank as one of the top 10 airports in the world, but also won the Best Airport Cleanliness Award and the Best Transit Airport Award. Amazingly, the said airport was also aiming for the most competitive award, Staff Service Award, but they weren’t able to win it. Even with this, without a doubt, they really aim to be the best!
3. Munich Airport
Photo: perceptions I sichtweisen
They are the only airport that follows after Changi and Incheon International Airport in the top 10 airports in the world, but in Europe, they are the best this year. By landing a place in the global ranking, they were able to win the European Airport Championships. Munich Airport has VIP facilities, quality bars and restaurants, and leisure facilities that are said to have contributed to its success. For a reassuring travel, they even went their way to give special recognition for airport staffs.
It’s not surprising that through these competitions, airport services have been improved and are becoming focused on being customer-centered.
4. Hong Kong International Airport
Photo: Luke Ma
Hong Kong International Airport, also known as HKIA, serves more than a hundred airlines, with flights headed to 180 locations around the world. It’s such a busy airport that but still endeavors to meet the demands of its increasing passengers and cargos.
This airport is investing more on engineering and architectural projects. It plans to expand its facilities in the future. Certainly, an airport that keeps on growing is a good place to step into.
5. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
Photo: Hediyuki KAMON
A smaller airport compared to Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport, located in Haneda, has recently been recognized as Japan’s main domestic airport. Now, they can be proud to say that they are the best in Japan with a 5-star rating to their name. It’s upping its game to serve more people and to be appreciated as an international hub. But, how come they are in the top 10?
They are the World’s Best Domestic Airport and number one in Best Airport Terminal Cleanliness, because of their ability to provide comfort to passengers and their efficiency in travel services. Clean and outstandingly functional airport – it’s a great deal!
6. Zurich Airport
Photo: Micheal Coghlan
Zurich Airport is the largest airport in Switzerland. It has an on-site hotel that is directly connected to the three terminals in the airport. There are also other facilities connected to the terminals so you can spend the waiting time in shops, restaurants, coffee shops and take-away facilities. Furthermore, three multi-storey car parks are also directly linked to the terminal with some located a short distance away.
Nothing is definitely greater than easy access and convenience while waiting for your next flight.
7. Central Japan International Airport
Photo: Pang yu liu
Another award-wining airport in Japan is the Central Japan International Airport. It is located in an artificial airport island that is constructed to be the new air gateway for Japan. it is a nature-friendly facility as it has in place a rigid environmental management system that ensures the airport does not add more burden to the environment. It’s both an environmental and high-tech facility. You can be assured that you’re secured because of its advanced explosive detection systems, baggage-handling systems and for medical checks, CT scans.
If you are looking for something new, then Central Japan International Airport is the place to land in or fly from.
8. London Heathrow Airport
Photo: David McKelvey
The London Heathrow Airport is said to be the busiest airport in the U.K and the whole of in Europe based on passenger traffic. This is indisputable since large numbers of tourists pass through this terminal from different parts of the continent and from around the world. They may have come to shop because Airport was awarded as the Best Airport for Shopping with its wide range of brand names within their shopping areas. There are also places to relax and have a meal with a friend or a family member. You can find whatever you need to feel good and enjoy the waiting time for your flight in the London Heathrow Airport.
9. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Photo: Adam Fagen
The Amsterdam Schiphol Airport uses a one-terminal concept in order for passengers to have better accessibility of facilities. It also has the Schiphol Plaza, the shopping center for passengers and non-traveling visitors. There are other facilities that can be fascinating to tourists in this airport like the Rijsmuseum that showcases some classical and contemporary art. A library is also located alongside the museum. For the total comfort and relaxation of travelers, the airport is currently building the Hilton Hotel. It is really remarkable how an airport really focus on truly improving their customer experience.
Very recently, though, Schipol Airport was affected by a major power interruption that hit Amsterdam and its surrounding areas, causing flights to be cancelled. Although the power has been restored, incoming flights were diverted.
10. Beijing Capital International Airport
Photo: Bernt Rostad
China, being one of the top 10 most famous tourist destinations, has a very busy Beijing International Airport. It has been recently ranked as among the top 10 airports in the world. Due to the growing passenger demands, the airport has improved their facilities and services. You can now enjoy new facilities in the airport like play lounges with hotel-like leisure amenities like having coffee, a foot massage – perfect for those having a holiday, or conference and business leisure services for professionals. It sure is worth a stop to check these facilities in this airport.
There are so many airports in the world but these 10 made it to the top of list in customer service and airport facilities. If ever you are headed in these places, you are sure to enjoy the services and amenities they have to offer.
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