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Best airport on the planet? Singapore’s Changi Airport, says Skytrax

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named “the very best airport on the planet” for the twelfth time.

The airport of this city-state regained the title within the competition “World Airport Awards 2023announced yesterday by the air transport research company Skytrax.

Changi Airport previously held the highest spot in Skytrax’s annual rating for eight consecutive years from 2013 to 2020, but has been ranked behind Doha’s Hamad International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport for the past two years.

Travelers from everywhere in the world, representing greater than 100 nationalities, participated within the Skytrax survey, which also recognized Changi Airport in Singapore as:

  • The best airport in Asia
  • The best airport on the planet – restaurants and
  • World’s Best Airport – Leisure Facilities.

Customers rated airports based on a lot of aspects, including shopping, check-in, arrivals, transfers, and security and immigration.

The newly renovated departure hall of Changi Airport Terminal 2.

Changi Airport Group

Doha’s Hamad International Airport ranked second, followed by Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in third and Incheon International Airport in fourth. Japan had two airports in the highest ten this 12 months, with Narita International Airport in ninth place.

The other top places were taken by the foremost airports of Paris (fifth), Istanbul (sixth), Munich (seventh) and Zurich (eighth). All of last 12 months’s top 10 airports reappeared, apart from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, which was replaced by Spain’s Madrid-Barajas Airport (tenth).

The “chandelier” is a 16-meter high play structure that children can climb in Terminal 4 of Changi Airport.

Changi Airport Group

The Skytrax survey also ranked airports based on other metrics. “The world’s best airport staff” might be found at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, while China’s Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport was named “the world’s most improved airport.”

What to find out about Changi Airport

Changi Airport has already won over 660 “Best Airport” awards. since opening in 1981. The airport plans to extend the capability of the Terminal 2 constructing by 5 million passengers a 12 months and has began modernization works, that are scheduled to be accomplished in 2024.

Across its 4 terminals, Changi Airport offers a gym and showers, nap areas, a 16-metre kid’s play structure, and a swimming pool overlooking the runway.

Terminal 1 connects on to the 10-story Jewel Changi Airport shopping complex, which has seven themed gardens, a forest valley with over 2,000 trees, and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Passengers in front of outlets decorated to appear to be Peranakan shops in Terminal 4.

Changi Airport Group

Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said the win “highlights[s] the airport’s popularity with international travelers has returned to around 80% of pre-Covid-19 levels, he said.

More about Changi Airport

  • Annual handling capability of 85 million passengers
  • It serves over 90 airlines and connects Singapore to 140 cities around the globe
  • In 2022, the highest five passenger markets are Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Thailand
  • Jewel’s lifestyle section has won 25 awards since opening in 2019
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