Hamad ranks 6th among world’s best airports for 2017

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Changi Airport in Singapore is top gateway for the 5th consecutive year

 

DOHA – Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar made it among the world’s top 10 best airports for this year, placing sixth in the list.

The Qatari gateway is the only one from the Middle East to make it to top 10.

It was a huge jump for the Qatari gateway as it ranked 22nd in 2015 and then 10th in 2016 with CNN describing the airport as the one “to watch out for”.




Dubai International Airport (DXB) jumped from 26th in 2015 to 20th place in 2016. Abu Dhabi airport fell rom 38th place to 49th.

The 2017 Skytrax World Awards were handed out in Amsterdam last Tuesday. The top 10 airports of the world are chosen based on international passenger surveys done last year.

For the fifth consecutive year, Singapore’s Changi International Airport placed first, mainly because of its world-class facilities that include two 24-hour cinemas, rooftop swimming pool and a butterfly garden.

Lee Seow Hiang, chief executive officer of Changi Airport Group, said in a statement, “Winning the Skytrax World’s Best Airport Award for the fifth consecutive year is immense encouragement to our 50,000-strong airport community at Changi Airport, every one of whom is passionate about delivering the most memorable airport experience to our passengers.”

Changi has three terminals and a fourth one completed recently will open this year.

Meanwhile, the cleanest airport award went to Haneda airport Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta was voted most improved.

Hong Kong’s airport topped in dining; Taoyuan airport of Taiwan had the best airport staff while Heathrow ranked first in shopping.

The world’s top 10 airports and their respective rankings in 2016 and 2017 are as follows:

2016 2017

1 1 Changi International Airport (Singapore)

4 2 Haneda International Airport (Tokyo, Japan)

2 3 Incheon International Airport (Incheon, South Korea)

3 4 Munich International Airport (Munich, Germany)

5 5 Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong)

10 6 Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar)

6 7 Centrai Nagoya (Nagoya, Japan)

7 8 Zurich International Airport (Zurich, Switzerland)

8 9 Heathrow International Airport (London, England)

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