In the World Airport Survey results published by Skytrax,Incheon International Airport (Seoul, S Korea) has been named World’s Best Airport for 2009.
The most prolific World’s Best Airport winner in recent years, Hong Kong International Airport, was pipped into 2nd place by Incheon International, with Singapore Changi Airport ranking 3rd best in the world, according to the latest passenger satisfaction rankings.
Skytrax reported that the final winning margins between these top 3 positions was the smallest ever known for such a large global project, and at one stage it looked possible there might be a dead-heat result between these top three airports.
overall study shows following findings…..
WORLD’S TOP 10 AIRPORTS (2009)
1. Incheon International Airport
2.Hong Kong International Airport
Let us check 2008 ranking…..
WORLD’S TOP 10 AIRPORTS(2008)
1.Hong Kong International Airport
3.Incheon International Airport
WORLD’S TOP 10 AIRPORTS (2009) 1 Incheon International Airport 2Hong Kong International Airport 3Singapore Changi 4Zurich Airport 5Munich Airport 6Kansai 7 Kuala Lumpur 8 Amsterdam 9 Centrair Nagoya 10 Auckland
South Korea’s Incheon International Airport was voted the best in the world for 2009 in an annual survey dominated by Asian airports. The survey, by British-based consultancy Skytrax, covered more than 190 airports and is based on the results from 8.6 million passenger questionnaires completed from 2008 to 2009. ‘Incheon is an airport that has been in the global top 5 ranking for the World Airport Awards during the past 5-6 years, and it is a great achievement for them to secure this premier mark of customer satisfaction,’Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said.
Incheon narrowly beat Hong Kong International Airport, last year’s number one which came in second. The Hong Kong airport is an important transit point and the gateway to China. The Hong Kong airport has infact won seven Skytrax World Airports Awards.
Singapore’s Changi, fell to third place this year from number 2 in 2008. Skytrax said in a statement that the final margins between the top three airports were so narrow that at one stage the company thought it would have a three-way tie for first place in the “World Airport Awards’.The survey evaluates traveller experiences across 39 different airport service and products, ranging from check-in, arrivals, transfer through to departure at the gate.
Japan’s Kansai is among the top 10. Japan’s Kansai Airport is located in the middle of Osaka Bay on an artificial island. This airport has consistently been among the top Airports in the world by Skytrax.
Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport also comes in the first 10. Malaysia’s main airport KL International Airport is situated in Sepang. It’s among the world’s busiest airports and is capable of handling around 35 million passengers annually.
New Zealand’s Auckland airport, which was also voted the best in the Australia-Pacific region, rounded up the top 10. New Zealand’s top airport is located in the western suburb of Manukau City. Auckland airport handles 5-15 million passengers annually.
Japan’s Centrair Nagoya airports was also among the top 10. A new entrant to the list of the best airports in the world, Centrair Nagoya airport is a first class airport that is also built on an artificial island in Ise Bay region.
Tel Aviv was voted the Middle East’s best airport. Also known as the Ben Gurion International airport is Israel’s largest and busiest airports that handled over 11.5 million passengers last year.
Cape Town is the best in Africa. A major gateway to tourists, South Africa’s second largest airports Cape Town International Airport is also a hub for the South African national carrier.