Do you get frustrated when you walk into an airport? Even before you get there? On good days, it’s a painful experience, with long lines, the security gauntlet and procedures (which may or may not be appropriate) that are guaranteed to annoy. It should come as no surprise that some are better than others. While the hope for a headache-free flight may not change your vacation plans, knowing that you’ll pass though one may take the edge off a bit.
The Air Transport Research Society has put out a list of the world’s most efficient airports, large and small, in the top three regions for travel: North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The rankings were based on a wide range of statistic, including “traffic data, on-time statistics, financial reports and passenger throughput.”
According to the ATRS, the five airports least likely to drive you nuts (by region) are:
- Europe, Large Airport (more than 15 million passengers): Oslo, Norway
- Europe, Small Airport (less than 15 million passengers): Geneva, Switzerland
- North America, Large Airport (more than 15 million passengers): Atlanta, Georgia
- North America, Small Airport (less than 15 million passengers): Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
- Asia-Pacific, Large Airport (more than 15 million passengers): Hong Kong
- Asia-Pacific, Small Airport (less than 15 million passengers): Seoul-Gimpo, South Korea
So, which one is the best in the world? The ATRS gives that distinction to Atlanta, which is tops for traffic and has solid financial management. Seoul-Gimpo, according to the study, has made a “remarkable turnaround, and Oslo knocked Copenhagen out of the winner’s circle that it had owned for several years.
[photo by Franco Folini via Flickr]