Traveling is fun, but the journey itself might be tiring. Especially if you have a long layover in the airport. Because when it comes to comfort, not all airports are equal. While there are huge international hubs with plenty of seating and even awesome attractions, there are also tiny airports with not enough space let alone seating. And even worse - they close during the night.
Which is the best airport in the world?
To find an answer to this question let’s look at the list of best airports in the world by Skytrax, an airline and airport review and ranking site.
If during your next trip you have a layover in one of these airports, consider yourself lucky.
Here is the list of top 10 airports in the world, as voted for by airport customers from across the world.
The best airport in the world is Changi Airport (IATA airport code: SIN), and it is voted the World’s Best Airport for 7th consecutive year.
While Singapore Changi is not among the largest airports by surface area, it is one of the busiest airports in the world (ranked among top 20). Also it is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia.
Singapore Changi definitely lives up its title. The airport is designed with passengers in mind. There are several cool attractions for tired and bored passengers — from art installations to pretty gardens and a rooftop pool.
Whether you are a budget traveller or a business traveller, you’ll have a comfortable layover in Singapore Changi. The airport has plenty of seating options, including comfortable reclining chairs and sofas (free). There are a few transit hotels, too.
Opened in 1981, Changi Airport has 4 main passenger terminals. The fifth terminal is scheduled to open in the 2030s. The airport connects passengers to over 200 destinations worldwide.
Changi is a hub for several airlines, including Singapore Airlines.
Tokyo International Airport, or Tokyo Haneda Airport (IATA: HND), is one of the two primary airports in the Greater Tokyo Area.
Tokyo Haneda Airport is the primary base of All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, and several other Japanese airlines.
The airport has three terminals and is served by more than 40 airlines.
Tokyo Haneda is truly an amazing airport.
Not only it’s the second best airport in the world, it also has been named:
Tokyo Haneda is also one of the busiest airports in Asia and in the world (currently among top 5).
Haneda airport, just like Singapore Changi, has plenty of seating options - comfortable reclining chairs, couches, benches and armrest-free seats. There’s an airport hotel connected to the international terminal, and a capsule hotel in the domestic terminal. There are a couple of hotels very close to the airport.
Tokyo Haneda International Airport has risen one place to No. 2 since last year.
Seoul Incheon, or Incheon International Airport (IATA: ICN) is the largest airport in South Korea.
It is one of the busiest airports in the world (ranked among top 20).
Also it is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia.
Seoul Incheon has several entertainment options that will keep any traveller in good spirits. There's a golf course, indoor gardens, cinemas, a spa, an ice skating rink (with synthetic ice), even a casino and a Museum of Korean Culture!
If you have a long layover in Incheon airport, you won’t get bored.
Being a major international hub, Seoul Incheon airport has sleeping facilities.
If you are on budget, sleep at the airport. There’s plenty of comfortable seating, including free reclining chairs and even free massage chairs. Or stay at the capsule hotel. Business travellers will enjoy Incheon’s launges and airport hotels.
Seoul Incheon airport has fallen one place to No. 3 since last year.
Hamad International Airport (IATA: DOH) in Doha is the only international airport in Qatar.
Opened only in 2014, the airport replaced the former Doha International Airport.
Currently there is only one terminal with several concourses (A, B, C, D, E).
The airport is served by more than 20 airlines, and it offers flights to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas.
Hamad International Airport is one of the most luxurious airport in the world, and it has the best airport staff of the Middle East. Also it has been named:
Doha Hamad airport has an airport hotel and several lounges (without sleep rooms, though). There’s plenty of seating in the airport, and you’ll find designated rest zones throughout the airport.
Doha Hamad airport has risen one place to No. 4 since last year.
Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG) is the commercial airport serving Hong Kong.
Opened in 1998, the airport is the main hub for Cathay Pacific and several other Hong Kong’s airlines. It is also the focus city for such large airlines as China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air India and Emirates.
With a total of 90 boarding gates, the airport offers flights to about 180 destinations, and is served by more than 100 airlines.
The airport is massive and features two terminals and two concourses. There’s plenty of seating airside. You’ll find comfortable reclining chairs and rest zones throughout the airport.
There are a few airport hotels inside and near the airport, as well as several airport lounges.
Hong Kong airport has fallen one place to No. 5 since last year.
Airports Council International has yet to announce the busiest airports of 2019, but here is the list of busiest airports in 2018.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the state of Georgia, US tops the chart as the busiest airport in the world.
The airport has been number one for many years already.