Top 7 Best Airports in 2010

Last month we published the Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010. This brought me the opportunity to dig a little bit more about the airport world, making me curious about which are the best airports. After investigating from different sources, we came with the list for the Top 7 Best Airports in 2010:

1. Singapore Changi Airport

Yearly passengers: 37 203 978

Last year’s rank: 3

Special awards: Best Airport Leisure Amenities (#1), Best Airport Immigration Service (#3), Best Airport Shopping (#3), Best International Transit Airport (#2), and Best Airport Dining (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Changi takes passengers to over 200 destinations on more than 90 international airlines and handles about 5 000 arrivals and departures each week. The airport is also home to a nature trail, fitness center, swimming pool, and Singapore’s tallest slide.

With over 40 000 square meters of commercial space, Changi Airport also has Singapore’s largest shopping location.

2. Incheon International Airport

Yearly passengers: 18 767 419

Last year’s rank: 1

Other awards: Best International Transit Airport (#1), Asia Airport Staff Excellence (#1), Best Airport Leisure Amenities (#2), Best Airport Security Processing (#2), Best Airport Cleanliness (#2), and Best Airport Washrooms (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Incheon is the largest airport in South Korea serving passengers with over 70 airlines. The airport features a museum showcasing Korean culture and a center for traditional Korean culture where travelers can enjoy performances while they wait for their connecting flight.

The Incheon International Airport at Seoul airport has unique luxury features such as a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, a casino, and indoor gardens.

Incheon is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Polar Air Cargo. It is connected to the mainland by Incheon International Airport Expressway (Expressway 130), a part of which is Yeongjong Bridge.

The airport is served by frequent bus service from all parts of South Korea as well as by traditional ferry service between Yeongjong pier and Incheon.

Airport limousines operate around the clock from Seoul to Incheon, and several backup highway buses escort people from places within and outside Seoul.

The airport opened for business in early 2001, replacing the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves only domestic destinations.

3. Hong Kong International Airport

Yearly passengers: 45 558 807

Last year’s rank: 2

Other awards: Best Airport Washrooms (#1) and Best Airport Dining (#1)

Why it’s awesome: Located less than five flying hours from half of the world’s population, Hong Kong’s airport is one of the busiest in the world. The airport also features a nine-hole golf course to pass the time during long layovers.

The Hong Kong International Airport has about 90 airlines operating flights to around 150 destinations worldwide. HKIA also operates one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings.

Direct ferry services are available from the airport to various destinations throughout the Pearl River Delta.

The airport saw a passenger movement of 46.1 million in 2009. The airport offers a great shopping and dining experience.

4. Munich Airport

Yearly passengers: 32 681 067

Last year’s rank: 5

Special awards: Best Airport Leisure Amenities (#3), Best International Transit Airport (#3), Best Airport Dining (#3), and Europe Staff Service Excellence (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Munich is Germany’s second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic (34.73 million in 2008), behind Frankfurt Airport. Passengers enjoy aesthetically pleasing terminals on the walk to the gate. The airport was built in terms of an “airport in the form of an urban landscape.” Many of the walls and ceilings are made of glass, making the airport feel large and open. Most of the airport’s facilities are located in the area between the two runways.

The approach road and railway divide the west part into a southern half, which contains cargo and maintenance facilities and a northern half, which contains mostly administrative buildings, a holiday long-term parking lot and the visitors’ centre.

The Munich Airport Centre is a shopping, business and recreation area that connects the two terminals.

Airport authorities cater to visitors and sight-seers by creating a ‘Visitors Park’ that includes a ‘Visitors Hill’ from which a good view can be obtained of the westerly aircraft apron and Terminal 1.

5. Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Yearly passengers: 29 700 000

Last year’s rank: 7

Other awards: Best Airport Immigration Service (#1) and Airport Staff Excellence South East Asia (#1)

Why it’s awesome: Kuala Lumpur is located in the southern corridor of Malaysia and one of Asia’s busiest airports. The main terminal keeps green in mind, an entire section of the rain forest was placed inside the main terminal with the “Airport in the forest, forest in the airport,” idea.

The airport is designed to handle up to 100 million passengers per year.

The runways and buildings cover an area of 100 square kilometers. With its 75 ramp stands, it is capable of handling 120 aircraft movements at a time. There are 216 check-in counters at the airport.

6. Zurich Airport

Yearly passengers: 12 346 361

Last year’s rank: 4

Other awards: Best Baggage Delivery (#1), Best Terminal Cleanliness (#1), and Europe Staff Service Excellence (#3)

Why it’s awesome: The Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest international flight gateway and the hub for Swiss airlines. Is located 7 miles north of the Zurich city center. The airport features a porter service where travelers pay a fee and a porter picks up your bag from anywhere in the airport and delivers it to your final destination.

The airport lost a lot of traffic when Swissair shut down its operations. Since Lufthansa took over its successor, Swiss International Air Lines, traffic has started growing again.

Zurich Airport handled 22.1 million passengers in 2008. Skyguide is responsible for all air traffic control at the Zurich airport.

7. Amsterdam Schiphol

Yearly passengers: 43 570 370

Last year’s rank: 8

Special awards: Best Airport Shopping (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Amsterdam airport, Schiphol, is the Netherlands’ main international airport. Opened in 1916 as a military airfield and has now transformed into one of the busiest airports in the world. While travelers wait for their flight departures, they can enjoy a massage or play a game of poker at the casino. It has large shopping areas as a source of revenue and as an additional attraction for passengers.

Schiphol Plaza is the shopping centre before customs, hence it is used by air travelers and non-traveling visitors.

The Rijksmuseum operates an annex at the airport, offering a small overview of both classical and contemporary art. Admission to the exhibits is free.

Schiphol has its own mortuary, where the dead can be handled and kept before departure or after arrival. Since October 2006, people can also get married at Schiphol.

For aviation enthusiasts, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a large rooftop viewing area, called the Panoramaterras.

Source: Business Rediff, Business Insider

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