As every year, Skytrax , the portal specialized in air transport, awards the World Airport Awards to the best airports in the world , according to an opinion poll of more than 13.73 million travelers from more than 100 different nationalities, between August 2017 and February 2018, covering 550 airports around the world.
The survey evaluates different airport services ranging from check-in , to arrivals and departures, transfers, security, purchases or immigration, among others.
And as it already has us accustomed, it is the sixth consecutive year in which the Changi airport in Singapore occupies the first place in the ranking.
There are no Spanish airports in the ‘top ten’, the first appears in 42nd place and it is Barcelona-El Prat , followed immediately by Madrid-Barajas in 43rd place, not even among the top ten in Europe where the Franz Josef Strauss International (Munich) is the best, only Madrid is ranked fourth in the category of passengers in transit.
These are the best airports in the world:
1- Changi Airport (Singapore)
These are their numbers: 62.2 million passengers in 2017 ; Around 7,200 flights land or depart from Changi each week , that means there is approximately one flight every 80 seconds; and more than 100 airlines that fly to some 400 cities around 100 countries around the world.
Changi Airport is very focused on making the passenger experience at the airport comfortable and practical.
Among its countless services, it has playgrounds, art shows, outdoor gardens and interiors with trails, butterflies and flowers, swimming pool, jacuzzi, laundry, relaxation areas with massages included or tours of the city, designed for travelers with times of high connection. Also, this year they have opened Terminal 4 and improved Terminal 1.
2- Incheon International Airport (South Korea)
The Incheon International Airport is the largest in South Korea and one of the busiest in the world with 100 million passengers a year, offering flights to a total of 185 cities in 55 countries operated by 84 airlines, it has also managed to be the first on the list of the best airport personnel in the world.
This modern airport, visible from the air, has a golf course, a spa, relaxation area, a capsule hotel, a rooftop pool, a Korean Culture Museum, a Traditional Arts gallery and Culture Street.
Arrival Hall, which offers national and international tourists the opportunity to appreciate the richness of Korean arts and culture, also offers meeting rooms, a dance hall, museums, a casino, indoor gardens and 90 duty-free shops that They delight the passengers.
3- Haneda International Airport, Tokyo (Japan)
It is located in the bay of Tokyo, 15 kilometers from the center of the capital, and, in addition to connecting with most cities in Japan, it also does so with some international airfields. Last year, more than 80 million passengers passed through the airport , and this number is expected to increase further in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In addition, it has been chosen as the cleanest airport in the world and the best national airport in 2018. It has a large 360º observation platform on the rooftop with a cafeteria, a space for children to play, a hotel for pets, It has a gigantic shopping center, a market and a planetarium to observe the stars.
4- Hong Kong International Airport (China)
This airport designed by Norman Foster and built on an artificial island with land reclaimed from the sea, has been recognized as the best passenger transit airport in the world, and also the best airport to eat.
It serves more than 100 airlines that operate around 220 destinations worldwide, including 44 destinations on the Chinese mainland; With an average of 1,100 daily flights, 79.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 2017.
Among its services are a 4D IMAX movie theater, exhibitions, a center to discover aviation, showers, rest areas, eight games rooms, a gym and a golf course where to hang out.
5- Hamad International Airport, Doha (Qatar)
The international airport of Hamad is the international airport of Doha, capital of Qatar. The terminal hosts up to 30 million passengers a year , and has been described as the most architecturally important set in the world, in addition to being one of the most luxurious .
It has exclusive signature stores, luxurious catering establishments, artistic installations created by world-renowned authors, racetracks, squash courts, three mosques, swimming pool, spa, and all kinds of services to satisfy travelers.
6- Munich Airport (Germany)
The Munich-Franz Josef Strauss airport is, once again, the best airport in Europe. It serves more than 100 airlines that operate around 257 destinations in 73 countries around the world.
Located 28 kilometers from the center of the Bavarian capital, it has mini-golf, exhibition halls, games rooms, sleeping microcabs, showers, pharmacy, observation deck, a robot with artificial intelligence to help passengers, circuits in bus to know the complex, conference rooms and a wide commercial and gastronomic offer ideal to enjoy the cuisine of the region
7- Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya (Japan)
Chubu Centrair is the second airport in Japan in this list of the best airports in the world. It is considered one of the most modern in the world, built on an artificial island in Ise Bay, it was inaugurated in February 2005 in time for the 2005 Aichi Expo.
It is located about 40 kilometers south of Nagoya, but it is very well connected.
The airport has a hot springs complex inside, a 300-meter-long outdoor Sky Deck , ideal for aircraft enthusiasts, with wonderful views over the bay, an exclusive and cozy indoor garden ideal for relaxing, a Japanese-style spa overlooking the takeoff and landing of planes, shops and restaurants that complete an interesting offer for travelers.
8- Heathrow Airport, London (Great Britain)
Heathrow is the most important airport in Great Britain and the one with the highest air traffic not only in the country but also in Europe , where around 81 airlines operate, which fly to 204 destinations, which leads to its facilities passing through the year 78 million passengers.
An art gallery, chapel, live music venues or restaurants with the signature of prestigious chefs such as Gordon Ramsey are just some of the services offered by the airfield, as well as multiple boutiques or the Harrods store.
9- Zurich Airport (Switzerland)
Zurich Airport, also known as Kloten Airport, is the largest international airport in Switzerland, with a volume of more than 29 million passengers per year, about 70,000 passengers per day. It is the most important hub of Swiss International Air Lines, flies to 196 destinations in 62 countries.
It is located about 12 kilometers from the city, and has a large panoramic terrace, rent rooms to sleep, showers, tours of the airport, games room, gym, and spa services and beauty salon, among others.
10- Frankfurt Airport (Germany)
More than 64.5 million passengers traveled through Germany’s largest airport serving 98 airlines in 250 destinations in 105 different countries, the airport is the base of Lufthansa, and also has a direct connection to the European high-speed network of German Rail.
It has all kinds of services, ranging from boarding house, wedding celebration, personal shopper, rental of strollers for children or playground, among a wide range of proposals.