Secret report: Singapore's Changi Airport the world's favorite

Secret report: Singapore's Changi Airport the world's favorite

Asian airports make a strong showing; European counterparts languish at the bottom
Changi Airport
The baggage claim area of Changi International Airport Terminal 3 in Singapore.

Singapore's Changi Airport is the world's favorite airport, with Seoul’s Incheon Airport and Hong Kong International Airport coming in second and third, according to a secret report obtained by The Times.

The report, known as Airport Quality Data (ASQ), was complied by Airports Council International, a Canada-based trade group representing airport operators around the world.

Data from the report are rarely revealed to the public, The Times reported. The chart covers 146 of the world’s major airports. 

Changi Airport’s top ranking hardly comes as a surprise. The airport bagged 25 ‘best’ awards in 2010 alone, including the 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

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Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates was placed fourth, followed by China’s Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

While Asian airports had a strong showing, European airports languished near the bottom of the chart.

Heathrow in London came in 99th, with travelers criticizing its long security lines and poor "ambiance." Dublin Airport placed 98th, Germany’s Frankfurt Airport ranked 126th and Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris even closer to being the worst in the world, at 137th.

The Times did not state which airport came in last.

The world’s best airports:

1. Changi Airport, Singapore

2. Incheon International Airport, South Korea

3. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

4. Al Ain International Airport, United Arab Emirates

5. Beijing Capital International, China

6. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China

7. Gimpo International Airport, South Korea

8. Jackson-Evers International Airport, United States

9. Humberside Airport, United Kingdom

10. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

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