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The world’s best airports have been announced for 2023

Skytrax studied customer satisfaction surveys from over 550 airports around the globe

Beril Naz Hassan
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Beril Naz Hassan

Let’s be honest, an airport can really make or break your trip. There are some airports that make you question why you thought leaving the comfort of your home was ever a good idea. Then there are others that make you secretly hope that your flight gets delayed so you can stay a little longer. 

Thanks to the aviation ranking website Skytrax, which revealed its annual list of the world’s best airports for 2023, you can now plan your holidays to coincide with only the very best airports out there.

Skytrax’s list was created using global satisfaction surveys from over 550 airports, taking into consideration factors like food and retail options, security, terminal layouts, seating, WiFi, and level of comfort. It's independent of any airport input or influence, so you can rest assured that there’s no favouritism.

The same airports featured in the top three in both this year’s ranking and the 2022 awards – just in a different order. Singapore’s Changi Airport was found to be the World’s Best Airport for the twelfth time. We can’t say we’re shocked: the airport has a pool, a movie theatre, a playground, the world's tallest indoor waterfall, endless shopping opportunities, koi ponds, a butterfly garden, and an indoor forest.

Second place went to Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, which had taken the number one spot in both 2021 and 2022. The airport boasts a futuristic design and high-tech procedures like using your face as your boarding pass, plus an indoor tropical garden, exclusive dining spots, countless retail stores and chic lounges. 

The bronze medal, if you will, went to Tokyo International Airport in Haneda. The airport, which is less than half an hour away from central Tokyo, also took home the World’s Cleanest Airport award this year. The wins come shortly after the airport announced that it is building a new complex with luxury hotels, a rooftop spa, and an express bus terminal. 

Here is a look at this year's top ten winners:

1. Singapore Changi Airport

2. Doha Hamad Airport

3. Tokyo International Airport

4. Seoul Incheon Airport

5. Paris CDG Airport

6. Istanbul Airport

7. Munich Airport

8. Zurich Airport

9. Tokyo Narita Airport

10. Madrid Barajas Airport

Did you read our own list of the world’s best airports?

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