Top 10 Airports in the world : 2016 survey and ranked

Top 10 Airports

The world’s Top 10 Airports of 2016, which were nominated by airline customers from across the world during the survey period.

The World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry; and a global benchmark of airport excellence widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards.

Top 10 Airports in the world

10. Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar


Hamad International Airport is the international airport for Doha, capital city of Qatar. The existing terminal can accommodate up to 30 million passengers annually; and has been described as the most architecturally significant terminal complex in the world, as well as being the most luxurious.

9. Kansai International Airport


Kansai International Airport, opened in September 1994, is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. The airport serves as an international hub for ANA, Japan Airlines and for Peach, the first international low-cost carrier in Japan.

8. London Heathrow Airport


London Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the UK and busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic; and having been world’s busiest airport for international passengers, it has recently lost this title to Dubai Airport.


7. Zurich Airport


Zurich Airport is the largest international airport of Switzerland and is the principal hub for Swiss International Air Lines.

6. Central Japan International Airport


In 2014,  9.8 million passengers travelled through Central Japan International Airport in Nagoya, better known as Centrair. The airport has a large domestic traffic percentage, with a number of regional routes operated to Asiana cities such as Bangkok and Singapore. Longer haul routes include Helsinki, Frankfurt, Honolulu and Detroit.

5. Hong Kong International Airport


Hong Kong International Airport serves over 100 airlines operating flights to about 180 locations worldwide, including 44 destinations on the Chinese Mainland. It is a former, multiple winner of the Airport of the Year title at the World Airport Awards.

4. Tokyo International Airport


Boasting both domestic and international terminals, Tokyo International Airport Haneda plays a very important role in furthering Japan’s development as a tourism-oriented nation.


3. Munich Airport

Munich Airport tourism destinations

Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany and the secondary hub for Lufthansa German Airlines. Munich Airport has connections to destinations all over the world, but much more besides. With over 150 retail stores and some 50 places where you can eat and drink, it’s like a city center, offering travelers and visitors plenty to see and do.

2. Incheon International Airport


Incheon International Airport tourism destinations

Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and one of the busiest airports in the world. It is a former winner of the Airport of the Year title at the World Airport Awards. It is listed as second in top 10 Airports list.

1. Singapore Changi Airport


Top 10 Airports

Singapore Changi Airport connects customers to over 200 destinations worldwide, with 5000 arrivals and departures a week by 80 international airlines. It is listed as first in top 10 Airports list.

The Singaporean airport has received praise from flyers for its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, luxurious amenities, and broad offering of dining and shopping options.

Interesting facts about Airports and Airlines:

  • Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts.
  • Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board being ill.
  • The reason why the lights are turned out during takeoff and landing is for your eyes to adjust to lower levels of light.
  • The largest passenger plane is the Airbus 380; nearly 240 feet long, almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more than 260 feet. The double-decker plane has a standard seating capacity of 555 passengers.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class.
  • Singapore Airlines spends about $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine alone. First class passengers consume 20,000 bottles of alcohol every month.
  • An aircraft takes off or lands every 37 seconds at Chicago O’Hare’s International Airport.
  • A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometers per hour.

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