Running through airports with your entire luggage might seem to be a good workout, but that does not make the airport experience a good one. So, what makes a good airport? For starters, the bandwidth of factors affecting an airport’s status is enormous. While profit is a deciding factor, it is just the effect. The causes lie in food and shopping, quality of service, cleanliness, hotels, and transportation, to name a few.
With the year coming to an end in a month and 2020 not far away, let’s look back at the 10 best airports for 2019 in no particular order.
Tokyo International Airport Haneda
Japan’s busiest and world’s cleanest airport, Tokyo International Airport Haneda boasts of over 70 million passengers every year. In a tourism centered country like Japan, it’s no wonder that this airport has the best PRM/Accessible facilities in 2019. Tokyo International Airport Haneda is certified with the five-star airport rating for the 6th consecutive year by SKYTRAX, the international air transport rating organization in terms of departure, arrival and transfer experience evaluating the airport facilities, terminal comfort and cleanliness.
Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport in Seoul is South Korea’s largestairport. Having previously grabbed the top spot at the World Airport Awards, it finds itself inside the top 10 in 2019 as well. Seoul Incheon is home to over 65 million passengers every year and proves vital as a Transit Airport, delivering cargo throughout the world. Incheon International Airport has also been certified with five-star rating by SKYTRAX.
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore’s premier airport, Singapore Changi Airport serves over 100 airlines and connects over 70 million passengers worldwide across 100+ countries. Changi Airport is arguably considered the best airport in the world for the 7th year running because of superlative customer service and literally, the world’s best leisure amenities.
Hong Kong International Airport
The Hong Kong International Airport is the connection between Hong Kong and the rest of the world. This airport boasts of the most significant cargo volumes arriving and departing while also being home to one of the biggest passenger terminals in this world. SKYTRAX ranks this airport as one of the world’s best consistently.
Hamad International Airport
Located in Qatar, Doha, Hamad International Airport is considered architecturally significant. Its luxurious facilities are beyond imagination as well and serve well for a Middle Eastern airport. It connects around 40 million passengers worldwide and is recognized as the best Middle Eastern airport in terms of airport staff. According to AirHelp, Qatar’s Hamad International was named the best airport in the world for 2019, followed by Haneda and Athens International.
Home to one of the best Christmas markets, Munich Airport, has over 50 food shops and over 100 retail stores. Considered the best airport all over Europe in 2019, this feels like a city center with its open-air main square design. SKYTRAX declared Munich Airport as Europe’s best airport in ‘World Airport Awards’ this year.
London Heathrow Airport
Possibly the most popular airport in the world, London Heathrow is a massive tourist attraction owing to its several shopping and dining options. Its Terminal 5 is considered the best airport terminal by customers in the 2019 World Airport Survey.
Tokyo Narita Airport
Yet another Japanese airport, Narita International Airport has the longest runway in Japan. It hosts events to make passengers aware about Japanese culture. In addition to that, the airport staff has been voted the world’s best. Narita International Airport has been rated 4-star airport by SKYTRAX for 2019.
Zurich Airport, the largest airport in Switzerland, consists of the best airport security processing in the world. Its amenities include several shopping spaces and health and fitness center among others. In the latest edition of the World Airport Awards 2019, Zurich Airport has landed among the top 10.
Chubu Centrair International in Nagoya
Featuring the third airport from Japan, Chubu Centrair International in Nagoya is famous for its large number of domestic traffic. It was voted as the best regional airport, is home to 20 million passengers and is one of the five off-shore airports in the island country. The airport ranks second after Haneda in the world airport survey as ‘world’s cleanest airport 2019’.
These airports are voted as the best in the world, and there is little that differentiates them. Before you plan your next international tour, ensure that you visit one of these 10 airports to enhance an already overwhelming trip further!