Friday, May 13, 2005

World's best airports

According to SkyTrax, these are the top 10 best airports in the world

Hong Kong International
Hong Kong, China
Singapore Changi Singapore
Incheon International Seoul, South Korea
Munich Munich, Germany
Kansai Osaka, Japan
Dubai Dubai, UAE
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Schipol Amsterdam, Netherlands
Copenhagen Airport Copenhagen, Denmark
Sydney Sydney, Australia

(cnn reports)

Asia Pacific airports dominates this category 7 to 3. There is no American airport in the top 1o.

24 comments:

tiklod said...

Com'on...I follow Skytrax. The most bias surveys.

Did you know that airlines actually pay Skytrax to get props? Rating everything from their hubs, food, sleeper seats, lounges...

Dody G. said...

what's the better survey? I'm a dummy on this industry.

sakit said...

Survey or not, HK Int'l Airport is one of the most efficient and coolest airports to be at.

Customs only takes you 5 min. Luggages are waiting for you on the conveyer belt the minute you step off the plane. Duty free shops galore help you kill time. You can even do in-town check-in and travel luggage free if you'd like.

Now, that's service.

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Superluli said...

i have only been to the Airport in Seoul on this list and i think Heathrow is waaay better!
i say heathrow should be on that list!

Dania said...

I think Munich needs to be farther down the list. If I have to make a stop in Europe its Schipol and Hathrow. In the ME its definately Dubai's airport. My least favorite is Charles de Gaulle in Paris. They have maybe 6 shops and I restaurant in the terminal I fly through between Beirut and the US.

Anuj said...

I have many more airports to discover... but can attest for Changi airport being a great one! SPent 9 hours there waiting for a connection flight to India last summer... and I never wanted to leave... it was like being a giant shopping centre.... so much to discover. Even free massage chairs... wow! Free drink samplers in the duty free bar... mmm! Free Internet access at modern terminals... ayoy! THere were even free day tours around the city... that i just didn't manage to get around to in those 9 hours. Only negative thing... no star alliance lounge...
I even won a bronze medal at the CHangi games... in the airport around the olympics (gave me 10 dollars off any purchase in the airport).

Ali said...

Dubai should have come in at number 1. They have the best airport in the world. They have a Duty Free that actually makes money. They have palm trees and various cuisines at the airport. Simply the best.

ma said...

check out www.sleepinginairports.com

its a great way to rate your good and bad airport expericences...

Drake said...

c'mon this list is obviously flawed. Where's DTW?...woooooooooooooooooooooo!

Rohit Sathe said...

Neither Changi nor Copenhagen is better than Schipol....wonder what the basis of this is but anyways...Dont really give a shit as long as Mumbai airport doesnt feature on this list.

The Zurich Haupbanhauf is atleast 5 times better than Mumbai Airport...

Nacho said...

AP IS HOT TO GO. H-O-T-T-O-G-O!!

Now that I see this ranking list I realize I am lucky enough to say I have been to quite a few of them:

1. Hong Kong International Hong Kong
I spent 1 night with some friends in transition to Osaka. Great Airport, good food and the staff is very friendly, always smiling (half the time because they do not understand what you say)

2. Singapore Changi Singapore
I think it is AMAZING lah! Curious enough, Singaporeans actually go to the airport to hang out on FRI or SAT nights.
Besides the new fancy stuff many airports have (hotel, spa, duty free that makes money and gourmet cafes-restaurants amongst other stuff) it also has a swimming pool, aromatherapy in the halls, massage chairs all over, etc, etc.

5. Kansai Osaka, Japan
VERY CUTE!

7. Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I do not know if I add it in this list.

At the end of the day... what's best, what's worst, right? My contribution: SINGAPORE Airport is cool. Come and see!

Bowman said...

Can we get a list of the worst airports out there? All I know is that spending 18 hours in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was just about the worst ever. Spending the night in Frankfurt also not a fun experience. And I get to do it again! Woohoo!

On the list of best airports, Orlando, FL is getting up there with the recent renovations they've been doing. It's pretty sweet as far as things to do and the relative efficiency. And I also like Detroit's new terminal. City leaves something to be desired, but the terminal rocks.

Ying said...

from the time the plane lands on the runway to me waiting for my pickup, it took a total of 15mins.. inclusive of customs and buying duty free alcohol and picking up my checked in luggage.. I love my cty, Singapore Changi International Airport :)

Tom Gara said...

Singapore Changi is indeed the business. All pure class. I had a 9 hour stop there and I wasnt bored for a mkoment, it was like nine hours in a small awesome city.

In general, I find the Asian airline industry to "out-luxury" their European and US competitors. I have yet to take a flight on any non-Asian airline that even comes close to competing with Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines or Cathay Pacific in terms of comfort, service, quality etc.

The Europeans know how do to it cheap, and frequent. The Asians know how to do it luxury. The Americans are simply not internationally competitive in this industry at all, as far as I am aware.

Airlines and Mobile Telecomms - the two industries where the US is playing catchup - anyone think of any others?

ma said...

uh, foreign policy?

dturk said...

i prefer to travel by bus or camel any day...

Jim said...

I agree that Singapore and Schipol are great for transfers (which seems to be the assumption for the list), but the BEST "destination" airport has got to be MCI, Kansas City's airport.

After leaving the plane, you make one turn and maybe 15 paces to pick up luggage and 20 paces from there, you are outside to your car. The terminals are arranged like a "C", with the planes arriving on the left and ground transport on the right. It is the easiest airport at which to arrive; no long distances to walk, no crowds, and the best bar-be-que in the world (Arthur Bryant's).

Now if there were only a reason for anyone to visit Kansas City....

Dody G. said...

Major US airlines are really good at getting in and out bankruptcy.

dturk said...

bankruptcy is a very vague term in the world. (esp. US)

Paulie said...

no surprise to see HK number one ... love it, love it, love it!

Dania said...

I will agree with Jim that my new home city of Kansas City has one of the most convenient airports in the country if not the world and one of the most unique just as he had described it. I literally park my car and am through security in 5 minutes. Every 4 gates has 2 x-ray machines, how nice is that. When you arrive, you make a right or left turn, walk max 1-2 min pick up your bag and you are at your car in less than 10 minutes total...how convenient is that...

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patrick said...

I am flying to Seoul, Korea, in August. Anyone care to recommend a good airline for the trip? There are some good deals on Korean Air and Asiana Airlines(never heard of this one) right now. Who has flown these before? Good? Bad? Ugly? I am speaking mostly of seat size and chances of flight delays.