Singapore Changi named world's best airport – for the 17th time
The votes have been counted, and the prize for best airport in the world for 2013 goes to …
That’s no surprise. The Singaporean airport has been rated Number One for 17 consecutive years.
“Even after all this time, the airport continues to impress travellers with its comfort and long list of activities,” says the website SleepingInAirports, which conducted the competition.
The top North American airport in the contest – and the only Canadian airport to make the Top Ten worldwide – is Vancouver at Number Nine in the world.
Although it didn’t make the global Top Ten, Toronto Pearson was rated the second best airport in North America, after Vancouver.
As for airports deemed to be the world’s worst, the big winner (translation: “loser”) in that category is Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport in the Filipino capital, followed by Italy’s Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport.
Half of the airports rated among the worst in the world are located in Asia, including three facilities in India and one in Pakistan. Paris Beauvais, Frankfurt Hahn, Rome Fiumicino and Los Angeles are also counted among the least desirable places to get on or off a plane.
Highly rated airports also include Seoul Incheon, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Helsinki Vantaa, Munich, Zurich, Kuala Lumpur, and Frankfurt am Main.
Frankfurt was the only city to have airports ranked both among the best and among the worst on the planet.
Vancouver was praised for offering free WiFi, as well as “self-guided tours where you can see attractions such as totem poles, aboriginal art and a 30,000-gallon aquarium.”
Toronto Pearson won plaudits for providing round-the-clock food service, prayer rooms, and armrest-free seating in some areas.
SleepingInAirports has been rating the world’s best – and worst – airports for the past 17 years.
The results are determined by votes cast by visitors to the site and are based on four criteria, including comfort, conveniences, cleanliness, and customer service.
Oakland Ross is a foreign affairs reporter for the Toronto Star.