Top 10 Best Airports in The World Today
|Doha's Hamad International Airport, which has been climbing the ranks for years, has been rewarded with the number one spot in 2021 in the "World's Best Airport" category.|
The World's Top 10 Airports of 2021, voted for by airport customers from across the world during the 2020-2021 World Airport Survey, SkyTrax reports.
Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar is named the World's Best Airport 2021, with Tokyo Haneda Airport in 2nd place and Changi Airport Singapore ranked 3rd during Covid-19 pandemic. After nearly a decade on top, Singapore's Changi dethroned.
Airports in Europe and Asia dominated the rest of the 2021 list. Japan was voted best-rated country overall, with three airports in the top 10, including both of Tokyo's airports (Narita and Haneda).
The full list of the top 10 in the "World's Best Airport" for 2021 and 2020:
1. Hamad International – Qatar (last year 3)
2. Tokyo Haneda – Japan (2)
3. Singapore Changi Airport (1)
4. Seoul Incheon – South Korea (4)
5. Tokyo Narita – Japan (7)
6. Munich – Germany (5)
7. Zurich – Switzerland (11)
8. London Heathrow – UK (12)
9. Kansai – Japan (10)
10. Hong Kong (6)
Editor Note: Find out the full list of 2021 winners, visit the Skytrax World Airport Awards website.
Among the other major awards, Istanbul Airport was named the World’s Most Improved Airport in 2021, moving from No. 102 in 2020 to No. 17 in the 2021 results.
Seoul's Incheon was commended for Best Airport Security and Centrair Nagoya in Japan took home the prize for Best Regional Airport.
China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was best in class for airports serving 35-45 million annual passengers, Hamad International Airport in the 25-35 million group, London Heathrow in the 20-25 million group, Frankfurt in the 15-20 million group, Changi in the 10-15 million group, Zurich in the 5-10 million group, Centrair Nagoya in the 2-5 million group and Quito in the under 2 million group.
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In the latest airline ranking, AirlineRatings.com awarded Qatar Airways 2021 airline of the year.
|"The 2021 World Airport Awards recognise the efforts of global airports in adapting and meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The past 18 months has been the most challenging and financially difficult period ever experienced by the world air transport industry, and airports have invested to provide the safest possible environment for their customers and staff during the global pandemic." |
It added that "many travellers (are) voting for their favourite/best airport based on pre-pandemic travel experiences, whilst other customers voted after their Covid-19 Airport Experience during the past 12 months".
Top 10 World's Best Airports for 2021 in Detail
1. Doha Hamad International Airport
|Hamad International Airport|
Hamad International Airport is the international airport for Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The airport has been described as the most architecturally significant terminal complex in the world, as well as being the most luxurious. It is the hub airport for Qatar Airways.
On crowning Doha's Hamad International Airport the winner, Skytrax's Edward Plaisted said it had been making rapid progress over the years.
"Inaugurated in 2014, Hamad International Airport has rapidly become a customer favourite and moved from number 3 in the world in 2020 to be ranked World's Best Airport this year," said Plaisted.
2. Tokyo Haneda Airport
|Haneda International Airport, Tokyo|
Tokyo Haneda International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, and is Japan’s busiest airport being located less than 30 minutes south of central Tokyo. The airport has three terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and the international Terminal 3.
3. Singapore Changi Airport
|Changi International Airport, Singapore|
Singapore Changi Airport is one of the busiest passenger hubs for south east Asia, and is renowned for its unrivalled passenger experiences.
Skytrax admits that the 2021 rankings have been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
For the first time in nearly a decade, Singapore's Changi Airport has lost its place at the top of Skytrax's annual ranking of the world's best airports at the World Airport Awards. Changi placed third -- an achievement for any other airport, but perhaps not from the perspective of its superfans, who regularly praise the airport's ease, comfort and top-notch food and drink options.
4. Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and one of the busiest airports in the world. It is a former winner of the Airport of the Year title at the World Airport Awards.
5. Tokyo Narita Airport
Tokyo Narita Airport is an international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. Narita serves as the international hub for Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.
6. Munich Airport
Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany and the secondary hub for Lufthansa German Airlines. With over 150 retail stores and some 50 places where you can eat and drink, it’s like a city centre, offering travelers and visitors plenty to see and do.
7. Zurich Airport
Zurich Airport the busiest airport in Switzerland, and is the primary hub of Swiss International Air Lines, and is located 12 km from downtown Zurich.
8. London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport is one of the world’s busiest international airports and is the primary hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways. It has four passenger terminals, reduced to 2 terminals in use during much of 2020.
9. Kansai International Airport
Kansai International Airport opened in 1994, and has become an important international hub for Japan, providing one of the largest networks for both domestic and international routes with 24 hour operations.
10. Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport is one of the world’s largest passenger and cargo airports, and is the hub for Cathay Pacific Airways. The new airport (HKIA) opened in July 1998.