Top 15 Best Airports In The World

 Pakhi Sen   August 29, 2013
World

As a traveler trying to get from Point A to Point B as quickly and as effectively as possible, you usually don’t take a lot of time out of your schedule to compare your airport surroundings with other facilities, unless there is something sorely lacking. If you travel enough, you’ll be able to ascertain the good from the bad, based on personal experiences.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 15 best airports in the world. Their ratings are based on a number of factors like the user-friendliness of their design as well as the number of travelers that pass through each year. Some airports have scored high marks for many consecutive years while others have made vast improvements to secure their rankings. Here they are – in numerical order.

15. Frankfurt Airport – Germany

 Frankfurt Airport – Germany

Frankfurt Airport – Germany – source

Frankfort Airport in Germany has a capacity to serve 65 million passengers each year and is the third busiest airport in Europe. It’s also the second largest cargo hub airport in Europe, boasting an extensive cargo handling program. Frankfurt Airport is up five spots on the list from #20 last year.

14. Tokyo International Airport Haneda – Japan

Tokyo International Airport Haneda - Japan

Tokyo International Airport Haneda – Japan – Source

Tokyo International Airport Haneda is one of two major airports that service the greater Tokyo area. It’s the fifth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest one in Asia. In 2009 and again in 2010, Tokyo International Airport Haneda was named the most punctual airport in the world by Forbes Magazine, due to its history of flights arriving on time. Tokyo International Airport Haneda is up three spots from being #17 on the list last year.

13. Auckland International Airport – New Zealand

Auckland International Airport – New Zealand

Auckland International Airport – New Zealand – Source

Auckland International Airport plays a major role in the New Zealand economy. It provides thousands of jobs to the area and brings in $14 million annually to the New Zealand economy from its port activities. Auckland International Airport slips five spots on the best list for 2012, down from #8 in 2011.

12. Copenhagen Airport – Denmark

Copenhagen Airport – Denmark

Copenhagen Airport – Denmark – Source

Copenhagen Airport opened in 1925 as the first private airport in the world. It was very small and had a grass runway. Today, it employes some 1,700 people and is the busiest airport in Scandanavia. Copenhagen Airport is down two spots on the list from #10 in 2011.

11. London Heathrow Airport – England

London Heathrow Airport – England

London Heathrow Airport – England – Source

London Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the UK and the third busiest in the world. It’s used by 90 airlines that fly to 170 global destinations. It gained five spots on the best list in 2012, up from #16 in 2011.

10. Central Japan International Airport – Japan

Central Japan International Airport – Japan

Central Japan International Airport – Japan – Source

The Central Japan International Airport is a fairly new airport, having opened in 2005. It has seen a decline in passengers over its short tenure in the business, but managed to move up a spot from #11 in 2011.

9. Vancouver International Airport – Canada

Vancouver International Airport – Canada

Vancouver International Airport – Canada – Source

The Vancouver International Airport has won many awards and accolades over the years, including several ‘best’ designations. It has also been named one of the most accessible airports in the world, due to the ease with which it is navigated by passengers. Vancouver International Airport was also one of the first airports in North America to start a volunteer docent program, which they debuted in 1989. Vancouver International Airport gains 3 spots on the best list, up from #12 in 2011.

8. Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur International Airport - Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia – Source

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a major airport in Southeast Asia and welcome millions of international passengers each year. It cost just under $4 billion to build in the late 1990s. Kuala Lumpur International Airport gained one spot on the best list, up from #9 in 2011.

7. Zurich Airport – Switzerland

Zurich Airport Switzerland

Zurich Airport Switzerland – Source

Zurich Airport is the largest airport in Switzerland. It’s undergone some expansion in recent years and more expansions are planned in the coming years. Zurich Airport holds on to the #7 spot from 2011, with no change in status for 2012.

6. Munich Airport – Germany

Munich Airport - Germany

Munich Airport – Germany – Source

Munich Airport grew by leaps and bounds from 199-2006, increasing the number of passengers it serviced from 15 million to 30 million in ten years’ time. It remains the second busiest airport in Germany, second to the Frankfurt Airport, which also makes an appearance on this list. Munich Airport slipped two spots on the list, down from #4 in 2011.

5. Beijing Capital International Airport – China

Beijing Capital International Airport - China

Beijing Capital International Airport – China – Source

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport servicing the Beijing area and is also the busiest airport in Asia. In 2008 a third terminal was added to the airport in advance of the Olympic Games. That terminal is the fifth largest building in the world. Beijing Capital International Airport holds steady in the #5 spot from 2011.

4. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Netherlands

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Netherlands

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Netherlands – Source

The Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has gained many recognitions over the years – including Europe’s 4th busiest airport and the sixth busiest airport in the world. It has six runways and is so large, it is known as an airport city, which includes large shopping areas and an art gallery. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport gains two spots on the list, up from #6 in 2011.

3. Hong Kong International Airport – China

Hong Kong International Airport - China

Hong Kong International Airport – China – Source

Hong Kong International Airport has one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings, which operates 24 hours a day. It is the tenth busiest airport in the world and the world’s busiest cargo airport. Hong Kong International Airport is a large complex with more expansions planned for the future. It slips 2 spots from #1 in 2011.

2. Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore – Source

Singapore Changi Airport plays a major role in the economy of Singapore because it has created thousands of jobs and brings in $4 million each year in revenue. Singapore Changi Airport has won nearly 400 awards since 1981, including 23 “Best Airport” designations as well. Singapore Changi Airport holds on to its #2 spot from 2011.

1. Incheon International Airport – South Korea

Incheon International Airport - South Korea

Incheon International Airport – South Korea – Source

Incheon International Airport has been named The Best Airport In The World for seven years running, since 2005. It’s no wonder. Incheon International Airport features an ice skating rink, a spa and a casino – and these are just a few of its perks. Incheon International Airport takes the #1 spot on the list for 2012 as well.

“The best airport in the world” is likely to change, depending on who you ask. We all have our preferences and our reasons for choosing what appeals to us. Everyone has different experiences so what  might be ‘the best’ to someone else might not be right for you.

As you travel the world, you’re likely to find your own version of this list. There may be some repeats or your favorites may be totally different. However, we think this handy guide is great for helping travelers know what to expect when they find themselves in one of these aforementioned locations.

5 Responses to “Top 15 Best Airports In The World”

  1. Surya Bhattacharya Says:

    Aww. I have a long layover at the Abu Dhabi airport next month. Was hoping to find it here. Bad luck 😛

  2. Alex Wivell Says:

    Interesting post, I still have quite a few of the airports on the list to investigate for my self in fact all of the top 3. I’m very familiar with all London airports & UK airports though.

  3. Rakesh Patil Says:

    It was a great experienced while visited London Heathrow Airport. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and disabled travellers. It also offers a full range of 1st class airport services. Thanks to share all airports around in the world so any one can easily identify and choose as per their travel needs.

  4. Karthik Reddy Says:

    My guess – Changi should be number one.

  5. Agness Says:

    Hong Kong airport is my favourite one. I was there at least 6 times in the past 3 years. Free wi-fi, great coffee places and really nice architecture!

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