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May 3, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

World Airport Awards: the top 10 hubs around the globe

As their name suggests, the World Airport Awards recognise the best airports round the globe based on the opinions of millions of passengers from over 100 countries. As was the case last year, Asian hubs again got the most votes in 2019, with the Singaporean airport Changi taking top spot.


Skytrax – a UK-based agency which classifies international air travel – has just published its annual ranking of the best airports, handing out the "World Airport Awards" in the process. For the seventh consecutive year, Singapore’s Changi airport, renowned for its architecture, its efficiency and its luxurious facilities, took home first prize, as reported by Business Insider.

The rankings are once again dominated by Asia and Europe, and were drawn up based on the opinions of several million passengers from over 100 countries, who were quizzed about over 550 airports using 39 criteria related to services and performance. Here are the top 10 airports.

10th: Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Located a mere 13 kilometres from the centre of Zurich, this airport is the base for Swiss International Air Lines and links Switzerland’s biggest city with the rest of the country. Travellers with a stop-over can rent bikes and even roller skates, and visit the Swiss transport museum in Lucerne.

9th: Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)

Narita, which is 35 kilometres from Tokyo, centralises most of the international traffic going into and out of the Japanese capital. The airport is the hub for All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, and is particularly popular with users for the efficiency and friendly nature of its staff, the wide range of restaurants and cleanliness of the facilities.

8th: London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Heathrow is the seventh largest airport in the world in terms of passengers (with 80.1 million) and is the main hub of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. It is currently getting a new building in Terminal 2, while Terminal 5, built 10 years ago, was voted best in the world by Skytrax.

7th: Munich Airport (MUC)

Situated to the north-east of Munich city centre, MUC is the second busiest airport in Germany and home to Lufthansa. Those with a stop-over via the glass-dominated hub can enjoy the nearby park which has a mini-golf course and an exhibition of historic aircraft.

6th: Chubu Centrair International Airport (ONG)

Centrair is built on an artificial island in the bay of Ise near to the Japanese city of Nagoya, and has been voted best regional airport in the world. It is the hub for Japan Airlines and ANA and has a 300-metre long Skydeck with a view of the port. One of the other main attractions at Centrair is that passengers can relax in the traditional public baths.

5th: Hong Kong Airport (HKG)

Having become one of the most popular sites in the world since its creation in 1998 on an artificial island off the coast of Hong Kong, HKG is the base for Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and HK Express. It is also one of Asia’s busiest airports.

4th: Hamad International Airport (DOH)

Built in 2014 at an eye-watering cost of 16 billion US dollars (14.2 billion euros), this airport covers a total area of 2,185 hectares and is home to Qatar Airways. According to Skytrax, DOH has the "most significant terminal complex in the world from an architectural point of view, as well as being the most luxurious".

3rd: Incheon International Airport (ICN)

This elite airport is the 16th busiest in the world. Incheon Airport in South Korea was opened in 2001 on an island outside the capital Seoul, and has built up a reputation for its many restaurants and boutiques and incredible choice of cultural activities, including a museum of Korean culture. It is also the base for Korean Air.
Annual number of passengers: 68.4 million. 2018 ranking: second.

2nd: Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND)

Situated just a few kilometres from the heart of the Japanese capital, Haneda is one of two main airports serving the region. It is favoured by tourists and business travellers alike for the efficiency of its services, its boutiques and its cleanliness, as well as being the fourth busiest airport in the world with 87.1 million passengers.

1st : Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)

Voted best airport in the world for the seventh consecutive year and the 19th busiest airport in the world, Changi is the hub for Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Tigerair. As well as the beauty of its architecture, its high-class facilities and many restaurants and stores, this one-of-a-kind airport also has movie theatres for the benefit of travellers as well as spas, a giant slide and a multimedia deck.


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