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The World’s Best Airports


When traveling or moving, nobody wants to spend a good deal of their time in the airport. However, it is good to know which airports are better than others to prepare for your journey.

These airports were surveyed by the Airport Service Quality Survey by the Geneva-based Airports Council International. Surveys were distributed to over 200,000 people at 126 airports around the world. Some factors were courtesy, cleanliness and quality.

10.  Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Only two miles away from South Africa city’s business center, this is a very conveniently situated airport.

9. Tel Aviv, Israel

Best in the Middle East, Ben Gurion Airport is very modern and comfortable. It has very tight security with guards speaking with you for at least ten minutes and asking you all sorts of strange questions, as they must avoid terrorist attacks.

8. Guayaquil, Ecuador

Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport ranks best in Latin American and the Caribbean. It is named after a poet, and is made of modern glass architecture.

7. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich Airport is Europe’s best, and is sometimes called Kloten Airport. The airport has an underground rail system underneath, in which you can travel around Switzerland.

6. George, South Africa

George Airport is the best in Africa. It is often used by the upper classes of South Africa, though many travelers come in for vacation.

5. Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax Airport is the best performing airport in North America, though frequented by less than 5 million people annually.

4. Nagoya, Japan

Central Japan International Airport is constructed on a human-made island off of central Japan. It is a newer airport, which opened in 2005.

3. Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport is a common destination and connection for all around Asia, and is open for business 24 hours a day. Over 40 million travelers come here per year.

2. Singapore

This is the most popular airport in Southeast Asia. Air service into Singapore is an important factor in the economy, and the government puts effort into maintaining this.

1. Seoul, South Korea

The South Korean government puts much energy and money into maintaining the Incheon International Airport as a huge international hub. Since last summer, passengers have access to free showers, internet and movie screenings. Many expats head to South Korea to teach English, so they’ll see it for themselves!

In the United States, Portland International Airport, or PDX, is ranked the best.

The worst airports are: Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Indira Ghandi International Airport in New Delhi, India, Mineralnye Vody Aiport in Mineralnye Vody, Russia, Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq and Charles de Gualle International Airport in Paris, France.


One thought on “The World’s Best Airports

  1. I trust Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, would come 11th then? As a major European HUB, I think it’s of a different league than PE, SA. In 3 mins you’re also at the WTC business centre and in 20 mins in the city (business) centre.

    Anyhow, I do enjoy reading your lists!

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