This year’s World’s Best Airports

It’s hard to imagine that an airport is actually a place that you would want to spend some time when you’re stuck in Newark’s Northwest terminal, but believe it or not, there are actually a few really fantastic airports out there.

Domestically, San Francisco recently won the award for best airport facilities and my personal favorite is the Detroit McNamara Terminal, but Skytrax took an in-depth look at airport amenities and service around the world. And their winner for best airport on the planet?

Hong Kong International.

With sprawling, well-lit terminals, excellent connections to the city (you can check your luggage in HK before even getting on the train to the airport) and a friendly and efficient staff, it’s not hard to believe.

In fact, five of the top ten airports ranked were in Asia, with four more in Europe and the final airport in Cape Town, South Africa. Where are the American airports, you ask? San Francisco is at number eleven while Atlanta, Dallas and Dener. The top ten list (in no particluar order)?

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Kansai, Japan
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Munich, Germany
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Cape Town, South Africa

Click on the links below to see some images from the top ten.

Why are these the world’s best airports?

Click the image to find out!