If you travel a lot, airports are one of the most important places where you spend most of your time, sometimes even more than your flight. Waiting in the airport might be hard if there is no facility to eat, shop, or for your other needs.
Skytrax launched the first global customer satisfaction survey with its World Airport Awards in 1999. Every year a huge amount of passengers, which around 13.25 million people, vote for the which airport is the best for them.
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Here are the top 10 best airports in the world, chosen by 2016 travelers, listed below.
10. Hamad International Airport of Doha – Qatar
The airport is described as the most architecturally significant terminal complex in the world and has amazing luxury facilities to spend your time while you wait for your flight. The airport serves any kinds of needs for passengers, like babysitters, prayer complexes, luxury hotels and many little things to help make your journey more relaxing.
9. Kansai International Airport of Osaka – Japan
Kansai airport is located on an artificial island in the middle of the Osaka Bay and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is mostly known as Kankü in Japanese. The island includes fancy facilities in a place called Aeroplaza and the passengers have to cross a truss bridge called Sky Gate Bridge, which is the longest in the world!
8. London Heathrow Airport – UK
Heathrow is a legendary airport and it’s the busiest one in the Europe. The airport was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd. The old runways were designed in three pairs in different angles in the shape of a hexagram which can still be seen from the air. The airport includes Anglican, Catholic, free church, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh chaplains as well.
7. Zurich Airport – Switzerland
The airport also known as Kloten Airport, which includes numerous lounges offering great hospitality, family services, a Transit Hotel to relax for few hours and even showers to refresh yourself. There is also a complex, which is under construction, which will include many new luxury facilities, designed by Japanese Architect Riken Yamomoto.
6. Chubu Centrair International Airport – Nagoya / Japan
Chubu is located on an artificial island in Ise Bay and classified as a first class airport. It is the second airport in Japan based on a manmade island after Kansai. It features a shopping center on the 4th floor, which is designed as two ‘streets’ in an authentic Japanese way.
5. Chek Lap Kok International Airport - Hong Kong
The Chek Lap Kok has one of the largest passenger terminal buildings in the world, and it's based on an artificial island too. It is also the world’s busiest cargo gateway and busiest passenger airport for destinations in China and the rest of Asia. It is clearly designed for convenience, including moving walkways to help passengers to move through the airport. The airport is also proud of its IMAX theater that is the largest screen in Hong Kong.
4. Haneda International Airport – Tokyo
Haneda gives its passengers to chance to rent cellphones, free PC desks, free lounges, shower rooms, refreshment saloons, massage chairs, baby nurseries and many facilities which were designed to serve in the best way. It is one of the busiest airports in the world.
3. Munich Airport – Germany
The Munich Airport is Europe’s first five-star airport. It is the second busiest airport in Germany and has connections to destinations all around the world. It was designed as like a city center to serve its passengers in comfort.
2. Incheon International Airport – Korea
The Incheon Airport has a spa, ice skating rink, private sleeping rooms, a casino, golf course, Museum of Korean Culture and indoor gardens. They also claim that it has only a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate. According to Wikipedia, it is also rated as the world's cleanest airport too!
1. Changi Airport - Singapore
If we are talking about luxury, Changi is the one we are looking for. It has a swimming pool in Terminal 1, including a free Singapore tour through a cactus garden, a sunflower garden, and an orchid garden.
There's a social tree which is a memory capsule that allows visitors to display their photos and videos shot there on 64 giant 42-inch hi-def screens and make up the crown on this 360 degrees digital tree! There is even a butterfly garden, which includes 1,000 butterflies, and a huge waterfall in a unique habitat!
Written by Tamar Melike Tegün