During the Skytrax awards ceremony held in Amsterdam this week, Changi Airport of Singapore has regained its coveted top position globally, dethroning Qatar’s Hamad International Airport from the previous year.
The airport not only secured the top position as the world’s best airport but also won two additional awards for World’s Best Airport Dining and World’s Best Airport Leisure Amenities. This is not the first time Changi has swept the awards as it has been named World’s Best a remarkable 11 times in the past.
“Changi Airport is honored to be named World’s Best Airport for the 12th time,” said Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group. “This recognition is a great encouragement to our airport community, who stood firmly together to battle the challenges of Covid-19 over the past two years.”
This year, Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, which held the title of Airport of the Year for 2021 and 2022, secured the second position globally. Additionally, it received three other awards for World’s Best Airport Shopping, Best Airport in the Middle East, and Cleanest Airport in the Middle East.
Completing the top five positions globally were Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Incheon Airport in Seoul, and Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris.
Haneda Airport in Tokyo won the World’s Cleanest Airport award this year, as well as the awards for World’s Best Domestic Airport and Best Airport PRM and Accessible Facilities. Incheon Airport in Seoul also received additional accolades for World’s Best Airport Immigration Processing and Best Airport Staff in Asia.
None of the U.S. airports managed to secure a position in the top 10. However, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport ranked at number 18, narrowly making it into the top 20. The next U.S. airport to feature in this year’s rankings was Houston’s William P. Hobby, which held the 32nd position globally, followed by Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 35th. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport stood at 46th, and San Francisco International at 48th, among U.S.-based airports.
While no other U.S. airports managed to secure a spot in the top 50 globally, LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B was honored with the award for World’s Best New Airport Terminal. The terminal received this recognition on the same day it achieved the highest five-star airport terminal rating from Skytrax.
“Our goal at the Port Authority was to completely transform the customer service experience at LaGuardia, from curb to gate, by building a brand-new, world-class airport,” said Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority. “Winning this prestigious award and becoming the first North American airport terminal to receive a five-star rating from Skytrax proves that we have accomplished what many said was once impossible: elevate LaGuardia from worst to best.”