It isn’t surprising that major cities are sometimes known by their international airports. Apart from being the first to welcome visitors, they provide a fairly accurate gauge of the country’s economical status. Take a look at the airport’s infrastructure, ease of navigation within the terminal and between terminals, and facilities and amenities for those who have longer layovers. It also certainly helps if there is an impressive number of shopping options available for both passengers and locals.
Skytrax, a company specialising in airport and airline research, seeks to deliver impartial passenger surveys and yearly awards, independent of advertisers and investors. Now in its 16th year, Skytrax’s lists include various categories such as best airports, airlines, first class lounges, and even meals on board an aircraft. Those looking at the lists a second look aren’t just passengers though, airports have turned to it for a broad overview of how they’ve performed compared to the previous year, and what they can take note of for the coming year.
Without further ado, here are the top five airports of the year.