Have you heard the results of the annual World Airport Awards 2015 Ceremony? Well, even if you have not, we all have different feelings about arriving at an airport don’t we? Airports……some of us love ’em, some of us hate ’em and each of us is well aware they have an almost frightening power to dictate whether our business or holiday trip gets off to the best of starts or is a seemingly endless process of misery and stress.
Want to know how your favourites (or most loathed) have fared when measured against other airports around the world? Well, now you can – just announced in March are the winners of the 2015 ‘World Airport Awards’. These are the annual accolades which recognise airport industry excellence and, because they are voted for by the actual people who use them (us), they are also known as the ‘Passengers Choice Awards’.
This year, after the 13 million opinions of travellers hailing from more than 100 countries and 550 airports were counted, the top four spots remained unchanged from last year. Pick of the airport crop title goes to Singapore’s Changi – their third victory in a row – followed by Seoul Incheon (2nd), Munich (3rd) and Hong Kong (4th). Claiming 3 of the 4 top slots, the Asian airports really seem to have something to shout about – between them they take 6 out of the top 10 places, with Europe claiming the remaining 4. Transversely – the United States airports seem to be somewhat lagging – their highest rank managed was a modest 30th with Cincinnati.
The highest placed Australia/Pacific based airport was Auckland (15th) while Queensland’s Brisbane (20th) narrowly pipped its New South Wales rival Sydney (21st).
The airports listed so far are the overall winners but if your favourite airport has yet to appear don’t despair – the awards have several categories which recognise such things as ‘Best Airport Staff’ (Taiwan Taoyuan), ‘Best Airport Dining’ (Hong Kong), ‘Best Airport Hotels’ (The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport ), ‘Best Airport Shopping’ (Heathrow, London) and the ‘World’s Cleanest Airport'(Incheon) and show the top ranked 100 airports in each category.
For a full list of all the winners please check out http://www.worldairportawards.com/