Best Places to Land or Take Off From

Some people love spending time in airports. And some airports are destinations in themselves, with great shopping and dining. 

The World Airport Awards by Skytrax ranks the world’s major airports on several factors, including amenities, service and staff. Travelers from more than 160 countries cast their votes in a customer satisfaction survey to award the airports they feel serve them best.

Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and London took top honors for best airports globally, according to the most recent Skytrax airport awards.

The top 10 winners worldwide are:

Changi Airport in Singapore notched No. 1 for the second year in a row and took honors for Best Airport for Leisure Amenities.

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADI) was, for the third successive year, named Best Airport in the Middle East. ADI also took the award for Best Staff Service in the Middle East for the second time.

London Stansted Airport won for World’s Best Airport for Low-Cost Airlines for the fourth year straight.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport took Best Regional Airport North America, also for the fourth year in a row.

London’s Heathrow Airport was again selected as having the World’s Best Airport Shopping and doubled up on its success, with Heathrow’s Terminal 5 taking honors as the World’s Best Airport Terminal.

Qatar Airways took Best Premium Service Facilities for the fourth consecutive year.

Vancouver International Airport won Best Airport in North America for the fifth year in a row and finished just ninth overall in the world.

Hilton Frankfurt Airport was named the Best Airport Hotel in Europe.

Auckland Airport was a repeat winner, taking for the sixth year running Best Airport in the Australia/Pacific region.