Skytrax has revealed which of the world’s airports are the most pleasant to pass through and deal with. Singapore’s Changi airport has come out on top not for the first time. The results are based on 9.8 million completed surveys.
Airports are a taboo issue for many travelers. They seem to be the route of a number of problems before and after holidays and the source of a lot of anger from passengers. High prices, security checks, delays, poor facilities and surly staff are the problems found most commonly on peoples’ lips when discussing airports. The Skytrax surveys have shed a little bit of positive light on airports by revealing the world’s best.
Singapore’s Changi airport has once again come up in first place in Skytrax World Airport Awards and has been declared as the world’s best airport. It apparently boasts the best facilities both in terms of leisure and comfort. Its importance on an international scale is high as Changi often serves not only as a final destination, yet also as a transfer stop for passengers to and from Australia.
Munich came out on top in Europe. The unsuspecting German airport is said to provide the most comfort to passengers. Those involved in the survey said that it was a pleasure to shop there and that the prices were not too extortionate. However, the airport shopping heaven in Europe is in Heathrow, where passengers are the first to praise the opportunities to flash their cash. Away from Europe and on a more official note, Kuala Lumpur was voted the best airport for immigration services. It seems that when they are really put on the spot, people do sometimes have something good to say about airports. It is not all doom and gloom.
The world's top 20 rankings in the World Airport Awards for 2010:
2/ Seoul Incheon
3/ Hong Kong
5/ Kuala Lumpur
13/ Centrair Nagoya
16/ Frankfurt Main
17/ Tokyo Narita
19/ Cape Town
20/ San Francisco