The El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Columbia, posted the biggest year-to-year jump on the list of the world’s best airports, from 260 to 94.
It’s a three-peat for Singapore’s Changi Airport, winner of the World’s Airport Award for 2015 as presented by SkyTrax, an aviation industry research institute. Opened in 1981, Changi Airport is the sixth busiest international airport, handling 5,000 arrivals and departures a week by 80 international airlines. It features about 350 retail and services and 120 food and beverage outlets.
The World Airport awards were launched in 1999. Travelers from more than 160 countries take part each year in the airport passenger satisfaction survey. The 2013-14 survey comprised 12.85 million completed satisfaction surveys.
Airports are ripe comic fodder for comedians. "A woman wore a bikini to LAX airport hoping to avoid the (security) patdown,” Conan O’Brien joked. “She is still being patted down." But as the SkyTrax rankings show, the airport experience can exceed all expectations, however limited.
Six of the top 10 best airports were in Asia. Four are located in Europe. The top 10 World Airport Award-winners are:
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Seoul/Incheon International Airport
- Munich Airport
- Hong Kong International
- Tokyo Haneda Airport
- Zurich Airport
- Central Japan International/Nagoya
- London Heathrow
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
- Beijing Capital International Airport
The United States is not represented in the top 25 World Airport Award-winners. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, which placed 30th on SkyTrax’s list, was the top-rated American airport. It also earned the award for Best Regional Airport North America for the fifth consecutive year. Rounding out the top five American airports as ranked by SkyTrax are: Denver International Airport (ranked 33 in the world); San Francisco International Airport (No. 36); Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (No. 44) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (No. 54).
The El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Columbia, posted the biggest year-to-year jump on the list of the world’s best airports, from 260 to 94. Hamad International Airport in Qatar went from 75 last year to 22, while Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport took off from 95 to 48 and was named Most Improved airport.
Surveyed passengers voted Hong Kong International Airport as Best Dining experience. Tokyo Haneda Airport earned Best Airport Security processing honors, while Singapore Changi was named the best to relax and unwind during the airport experience.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
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