Thursday, August 7, 2008

Best Airports in the World

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been named the World's Best Airport for 2008, in the survey of passengers around the world released last month by Skytrax. I am not anymore surprised with the distinguished achievement of HKIA as it already received 6 same awards given by Skytrax for the pass ten years. My favorite Singapore Changi Airport as in the last travel awards remains in 2nd position worldwide, ahead of Seoul Incheon International Airport in 3rd place. Airports here in Asia dominated the survey rankings as half of the top 10 airports in the world can be found in the largest continent. Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kansai International Airport are the other Asian airports which placed in the 2008 results.

The top 10 airports are: (drum roll please!)

1. Hong Kong International Airport
2. Singapore Changi International Airport (Asia)
3. Seoul Incheon International Airport (Asia)
4. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Asia)
5. Munich International Airport (Europe)
6. Kansai International Airport (Asia)
7. Copenhagen International Airport (Europe)
8. Zurich International Airport (Europe)
9. Helsinki International Airport (Europe)
10. Cape Town International Airport (Africa)

The World Airport Survey is conducted by UK-based aviation research organisation, Skytrax, with more than 8.2 million questionnaires completed by passengers across the world, during the 10 month survey period.

Passenger interviews include a detailed appraisal for more than 40 categories of product and service quality from check-in to departure, from arrivals to baggage collection - including terminal cleanliness, staff efficiency, staff courtesy, terminal signage, security processing, immigration and customers, walking distances, as well as features like shopping, dining options, Internet services.

My only comment is that I like Changi more than Hong Kong. I guess there is just a thin line which separates these two top airports as they are always battling it out to be on top in different passenger surveys.


the donG said...

amazing! top four are all from asia. making five from the top ten.

opinionatedbanana said...

Congratulations to HK and all the Asian Airports. You know what, same thing. Changi made a great impression on me (I like it more) and HK was just okay naman. There must be some thin difference on some aspect perhaps.

Ems said...

Pareho tayo mas gusto ko ang Changi airport kesa sa HK. Wala ba sa ranking ang NAIA 3 hehe sobrang delayed flights dun' pwede ka na mag-check in ^-^

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grumpyurbanslacker said...

i'm surprised that the new airport at Bangkok (with that unpronouncable name starting with S) is not on this list...

kegler747 said...

@ the dong: Asian airports are really world class

kegler747 said...

@ opinionated banana: It's great that we both like Changi more than HKIA :)

kegler747 said...

@ ems: Ang dami na naten na mas gusto ang Changi Airport kaysa HKIA :)

kegler747 said...

@ grumpyurbanslacker: Suvarnabhumi is so big and also good. But I think it is not yet ready to be one of the best at this time. Maybe after 2 years.

ian said...

i feel HK's airport was more traveler-friendly, parang di nakakasakal... changi seems more... "packed" and stifling... but that's me hehe i'm surprised the helsinki-vantaa got into the list... it seemed so small and nondescript when we went through it last year... i guess it's a good thing na hindi sya memorable, at least walang bad memories hehe