Singapore loses 'world’s best airport’ crown


The orchard at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. — Handout

The race for the "world’s best airport” crown has been a two-horse affair in recent years, with Qatar's Hamad International in Doha and Singapore Changi leading the pack.

This year the title has switched, with 12-time winner Singapore being edged out of the top spot by its Middle Eastern rival in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2024.

In a strong showing for Asia, Seoul Incheon bagged third place – also being named 2024’s most family-friendly airport – while Tokyo’s twin facilities of Haneda and Narita took fourth and fifth spots.

Hong Kong airport saw a significant boost, up 22 positions to 11th place after the city shook off its Covid-19 hangover and passenger numbers rose.

Once again US airports were nowhere to be seen near the top of the table, with the highest ranked, Seattle-Tacoma, slipping six places to 24.

Europe continued to have a strong showing, with Paris Charles de Gaulle, Munich, Zurich and Istanbul all maintaining positions in the top 10.

In other news: "This year HIA celebrates its milestone 10th year of operations and we are truly honored that passengers have voted us Best Airport in the World for a third time,” said Qatar Airways group chief executive officer Badr Al-Meer.

The Skytrax World Airport Awards are determined by customer satisfaction survey. – Bloomberg

World’s Best Airports 2024

  1. Hamad International Airport, Qatar
  2. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
  3. Seoul Incheon Airport, South Korea
  4. Tokyo Haneda Airport, Japan
  5. Tokyo Narita Airport, Japan
  6. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  7. Dubai Airport, UAE
  8. Munich Airport, Germany
  9. Zurich Airport, Switzerland
  10. Istanbul Airport, Turkiye
  11. Hong Kong Airport
  12. Rome Fiumicino Airport, Italy
  13. Vienna Airport, Austria
  14. Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland
  15. Madrid-Barajas, Spain
  16. Centrair Nagoya Airport, Japan
  17. Vancouver Airport, Canada
  18. Kansai Airport, Japan
  19. Melbourne Airport, Australia
  20. Copenhagen Airport, Denmark

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