Top 10 Best Airports in the World 2018

Traveling is fun, but is it really fun when you are stuck in an airport waiting for your next flight, or when your oh-so-important flight is delayed. Well, honestly it is not, but then if you are stuck in one of these 10 airports, it is surely fun, because they are among the best. So next time while booking a flight, when you have a connecting flight or a flight change take a notice of the airport you are dropping in.

Here is a list of World’s Top 10 Best Airports:

10. Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Frankfurt Airport, also known as the Rhein-Main-Flughafen is located 12kms southwest from the central part of the Frankfurt city and is Germany’s largest airport. It is spread over an area of 5,683 acres and is known for hosting approximately 65 million passengers a year. The Frankfurt airport is the central hub for Lufthansa. It is not only the largest but also the busiest airport in Germany and is considered among the top 3 airports in Europe. It has a total of 3 terminals, of which the 1st and the 2nd are the most important one and the 3rd is only for the first class passengers of Lufthansa. Besides this, Frankfurt airport is known for having 98 airline services and connecting 250 different destinations.

9. Zurich Airport, Switzerland

Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest international airport and is located 13kms north of the city of Zurich. The airport is also known as the Kloten Airport and was opened in the year 1921. The airport takes up an area of 1,620 acres and has 2 terminals. Zurich Airport is the main hub for the famous Swiss International Airlines and hosts almost 30 million passengers a year, with an increment of 6.5% every year.

8. London Heathrow Airport, England

Heathrow Airport popularly known as the London Heathrow is the second busiest international airport in the world and is the first in Europe. It is located 23kms from the city of London. The airport holds a record of hosting approximately 78 million passengers in the year 2017. The London Heathrow Airport is the main hub for the British Airways. It is also the base for the Virgin Atlantic Airways. This airport has over 80 airline services and connects some 84 countries throughout the world thus serving 185 destinations. It has 4 terminals in total named from 1-5 of which the 1st is permanently closed.

7. Central Japan International Airport, Japan

Central Japan or the Chubu Centrair Airport is located on an artificial island called Ise Bay. The airport is 35kms from the south side of Nagoya, i.e. central Japan. The airport is labeled as the first class airport of Japan and was bestowed with the title of World’s Best Regional Airport in 2018. This airport holds a record of hosting 10 million passengers every year and is re-known for connecting various Asian travel destinations. It is the hub for AirAsia Japan, Jetstar Japan, and All Nippon Airways. The main terminal of the airport is ‘T’ shaped.

6. Munich Airport, Germany

Munich Airport titled the Best Airport in Europe 2018 is located 28.5kms from the city of Munich. It is the seventh busiest airport in the whole of Europe and is responsible for hosting almost 44.6 million passengers every year. While Frankfurt Airport is the main hub, Munich is the secondary hub for Lufthansa. The airport has 2 terminals, but what makes it popular are the many shops present inside the airport. The Munich Airport is known for having almost 150 different retail shops and over 50 places to eat. The airport is like a mini city, where the travelers can spend their day very easily.

5. Hamad International Airport, Qatar

Hamad Airport replaced the previous Doha Airport and became the main international airport of Qatar in the year 2014. This airport is located 5kms from the previous Doha airport and is spread across an area of 5,500 acres. In present, the airport has only 1 terminal, but there are plans for constructing another one based on the passenger growth.  It is the main hub for Qatar Airways.

4. Hong Kong International Airport, China

Hong Kong International Airport is located in the Chek Lap Kok island and the colloquial name of the airport is after the same island. The airport was inaugurated in the year 1998 and since then it has been an important airport for different destinations in the Mainland China. It is a hub for various airways like the Cathay Pacific, Air Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines etc. It provides service to almost 100 different airlines and connects 180 locations in the world. It is also known for connecting 44 different locations in the Mainland China itself. The airport has 2 main terminals and 2 concourses.

3. Tokyo International Airport, Japan

Also known as the Haneda Airport it is bestowed with the title of the World’s Cleanest Airport 2018. It is located 14kms from the Tokyo Station at a place called Ota. It is the primary hub for All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. This International airport has 2 terminals and is known for handling over 85 million passengers a year. The airport has a long history as it was established in the year 1932, in the Empire or War era, and since then has been through various improvements. Of the 2 terminals, the 1st was opened in the year 1993 and the 2nd in 2004.

2. Incheon International Airport, South Korea

Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and is located 48kms from the west of Seoul. The airport was opened to the public in the year 2001. It has 2 terminals and is the main hub for various airway services like Korean Air, Air Incheon, Easter Jet etc. Further, the airport has 2 terminals and is known for having the Best Airport Staffs. It has been awarded the winner for the same in 2018. Incheon Airport is also known for hosting over 57 million passengers a year and is among World’s 20 busiest airports.

1. Changi Airport, Singapore

The Changi Airport popularly known as the Singapore Changi Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport 2018 by Skytrax. It has been holding the Best Airport title for the past six years and is surely one of the busiest airports in the world. It is located 17.2kms from the Marina Bay and is the primary hub for Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, SilkAir etc. The airport is known for having over 100 different airline services connecting around 100 countries throughout the world. Not only that, Changi Airport is also responsible for hosting almost 62 million passengers every year. The airport has 4 terminals and 1 private luxury terminal. But what makes the airport world famous is the airport’s own Sunflower Garden which provides a different experience to all the travelers.

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