Lonely Planet Writer

Singapore in a league of its own as world’s top airport for the fourth year in a row

Boasting a rooftop swimming pool, a butterfly garden and a 24-hour free cinema, it’s perhaps not too surprising to find that Singapore’s Changi has emerged as the world’s best airport for a fourth year in a row.

Singapore Changi Airport was a winner yet again
Singapore Changi Airport was a winner yet again in the Skytrax World Airport Awards Image by Kevin Carmody / CC BY 2.0

With such amenities to enthral passengers at its four terminals, this year was the seventh occasion in which Changi has come out on top at the Skytrax World Airports Awards.

The airport boasts a swimming pool, a 24-hour free cinema and a range of gardens
The airport boasts a swimming pool, a 24-hour free cinema and a range of gardens  including the Butterfly Garden Image by shankar s. / CC BY 2.0

Seoul’s Incheon International Airport took the runners-up position with Germany’s Munich Airport in third spot. Four of the top five airports were located in Asia with Tokyo International and Hong Kong international taking the fourth and fifth places.

Changi Airport, Singapore voted the world's best airport for the fourth year in a row
Changi Airport, Singapore has now been the world’s best airport for the seventh time in all Image by Andy Mitchell / CC BY-SA 2.0

The MailOnline reports that Heathrow Airport in London claimed eighth position for the second year in succession.

The results are based on customer satisfaction surveys carried out on the world’s largest airports with nominations coming from over 13 millions passengers.

Changi it seems is in a league of its own as it also emerged victorious as the best airport for leisure amenities.

And it pre-eminence looks safe as currently it is erecting a 10-storey glass and steel terminal that will have the world’s tallest indoor waterfall as its central feature. It will also contain a park and both will be completed within two years.

Other high finishers on the prestigious list were Japan’s Chubu Centrair Nagoya, Zurich, Japan’s Kansai and Doha’s Hamad rounded out the top 10.

Heathrow emerged as the best airport for shopping for the seventh year in a row with Terminal 5 tops as the world’s best airport terminal for the fifth successive year. Vancouver came through in 14th position, making it the highest ranked airport in North America, with Denver top US airport in 28th position.