Most travelers will agree on one thing, that dealing with airports is a real pain in the neck. The busiest ones are the worst as they don’t care about people passing through them. Like it or not but that’s how they work. Some of the airports, however, know how to keep working in the right direction. They have been known to have an excellent management system that eliminates the suffering of passengers, providing them a unique experience. This could be the reason why every year World Airport Award takes place, recognizing best of the best, and leaving inspirations for others. With that being said, here are top 12 best airports around the world.
1. Changi Airport
This airport opened in 1981 is the best of the lot. From the very first day, it has been a primary civilian airport which is now considered to be one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. The airport has bagged 50 awards in past 25 years.
2. Incheon International Airport
The airport has received accolades for the commendable beauty and a unique experience. It is the second busiest airport in terms of freight and cargo, and one of the busiest in terms of passengers.
3. Munich Airport
This one is like a shopping mall. Two terminals connected by a courtyard makes it easier for the passengers to travel between them. It is one of the busiest and best airports in Germany.
4. Haneda International Airport
Haneda International airport is known for its cleanliness, shopping, and services. It’s still a popular port of entry for tourists and businessmen.
5. Hong Kong International Airport
This is considered to be one of the best airports. Located on an artificial island off the coast of Hong Kong, this airport is busiest in terms of cargo gateway. It even has a golf course which I hope you don’t forget to play around.
6. Hamad International Airport
The airport sits on 5,400 acres of land and it took nearly $16 billion to construct this beauty. Reports define the airport to be “architecturally significant terminal complex in the world”.
7. Central Japan International Airport
This airport is situated on an artificial island in Japan and is known to be the best regional airport in the world. It also provides the facility of traditional Japanese bathhouse, where you can relax while watching the sunset.
8. Zurich Airport
Being the twelfth busiest airport in Europe, Zurich airport serves twenty-two million passengers. For travelers having longer layouts, management provides rental bikes and inline skates, and also excursions to the Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne.
9. Heathrow Airport
It is one of the major airports in London and the busiest one in the UK. It serves around seventy-five million passengers every year. Skytrax named its eight-year-old Terminal 5 building as the best airport terminal in the world.
10. Frankfurt Airport
Covering a land of 4,924 acres, this is one of the most important transit hubs in the entire world. Travelers have praised the airport for its ease to move between the terminals, a unique experience, and many dining and shopping options. The immigration lines are quite long, though.