Singapore Changi is Voted the World's Best Airport
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Apr 13, 2013 6:52 AM Last Post By: tmioh
Apr 10, 2013 10:21 AM
Singapore Changi is Voted the World's Best AirportSkytrax 2013 awards. No big surprise here. Always liked Changi and the Singapore Airlines staff.
Followed by Seoul/Incheon, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Beijing, Munich, Zurich, Vancouver, Tokyo/Haneda, and London/Heathrow.
Why no mention of our beloved Suwannapoom? And no USA? (United Airlines: Welcome aboard here's your bag of peanuts now shut up and sit down ;-)
Apr 10, 2013 11:17 AM
Apr 10, 2013 2:32 PM
Apr 10, 2013 3:13 PM
3I think the list is pretty meaningless as it depends on the type of person who bothered to vote.The status traveller will vote on lounge facilities, the stressed mother on kiddie playground facilities, the transit passenger on how far he had to walk to change planes, the shopper on the choice of designer goods etc etc etc, the list is endless with no control over the numbers and types of travellers taking part in the voting. It was an open invitation to vote to anyone so whether it is a true cross section is a mute point. The criteria were not the same for everybody, the person who voted for Changi may never have even been to Bangkok or Amsterdam so had no comparison. Another may only remember airports with spectacular views on descent or departure.
I personally have always found Changi a bit dark and dank and defintely showing signs of age. Tatty around the edges with bad carpets. I could name lots of airports that I prefer and I've seen alot.
Apr 10, 2013 5:43 PM
Apr 10, 2013 7:22 PM
Apr 10, 2013 7:48 PM
Apr 11, 2013 6:37 AM
Apr 11, 2013 10:45 AM
8I flew to Changi this evening. I wouldn't put it at #1(and I've been to most on that list: Seoul would get my vote). I agree it's getting a bit tired but it works extremely well: well laid out, spacious without being miles to walk to the gate, immigration is always quick, baggage handling very quick. 15 minutes after my flight landed I was in a taxi and I had checked luggage. Total contrast to the chaos at Swampy, although granted it is Songkran.
Amsterdam is also pretty good and the public transport connections are excellent. As for Heathrow: when you consider the number of flights they handle it does a pretty good job. My major gripe with LHR is that there is not enough seating/space in the departure lounges and immigration can be utterly dire at times, even for EU nationals.
Apr 11, 2013 11:19 AM
Apr 11, 2013 4:01 PM
10Beats me why people don't mention the tiny / small airports of the world if speed of baggage handling is your criteria. More often than not your bags are rolling past you as you cross the tarmac to an arrival hall. Even small Samui has faster baggage handling and immigration than Changi, not to mention it's far prettier.
In the larger airports there is no consistency in the mundane stuff, depends on the day and speed is much of a muchness. Shopping is rarely truly "duty free" and if duty is not applicable then the prices tend to be hiked to start with.
Worthy of comparison are architectural achievements, lounge facilities, such as the superb exclusive Business Terminal in Doha and choice of dining where for example Munich is truly ace.
I personally tend to remember the architectural, spectacular descents / departures, skylines and that sort of stuff, unique things that add to holiday memories. Immigration consisting of one guy with a stamp is priceless but each to their own.
IMO the survey is flawed, I don't know who voted but OP I think you'll find you're pretty much on your own.
Apr 11, 2013 11:22 PM
Apr 12, 2013 2:59 AM
Apr 12, 2013 5:52 AM
13I have flown through Incheon and I have to say I wasn't all that impressed. Air side anyway I thought the shops and restaurants very poor and a complete lack of enough seating.
I had been waiting 5 hours for an onward flight and shortly before boarding went with my eldest son to get some dough nuts. Came back to find some British woman had bullied the youngest son into giving up our two seats that the youngest was occupying to stop somebody from taking them.
Left her in in no uncertain terms to what I thought of her bullying an 11 year child.
Apr 12, 2013 6:10 PM
14Changi is a good airport because there's plenty to do. Bkk is very boring because once you go past immigration into departures there's no restaurants, bars or massage shops. They only have very expensive retail shops for leather goods, clothes and jewellry.
Brunei would be amongst the worst. Very small, old and nothing to do.
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