Top 10 best airports in the world 2023

According to the Skytrax World Airport Awards, these are the best airports to transit through.

It’s easy to assume that all airports are the same until you encounter one that’s particularly disappointing. Well-placed amenities, plenty of shopping, an abundance of dining options and a selection of leisure or entertainment facilities can really elevate your airport experience from something that has to be endured, to something enjoyable. 

The Skytrax World Airport Awards were held at Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam in March 2023, and the awards identified not only the World’s Best Airport 2023, but the top 10 in the world, too. The World Airport Awards are voted on by customers in the largest annual global airport customer satisfaction survey, and are independent of any airport control, influence or input. So, you can rest assured knowing these airports offer an enjoyable transit experience for passengers of all classes.

What is the best airport in the world?

Singapore Changi Airport was awarded the title of World’s Best Airport in 2023 at the World Airport Awards. Changi Airport also won awards for the World’s Best Airport Dining and World’s Best Airport Leisure Amenities. It’s the 12th time that Singapore Changi Airport has won the title.

An indoor waterfall and rainforest
‘Jewel’ at Singapore Changi Airport. © Unsplash/ Joe Green

Top 10 best airports in the world

The World’s Top 10 Airports of 2023 were voted on by customers from across the world in the 2022/2023 World Airport Survey, hosted by Skytrax. 

1. Singapore Changi

Known as one of the busiest passenger hubs in South East Asia, Singapore Changi Airport also offers unique attractions such as a kinetic rain sculpture, tropical rainforest vivarium and water lily garden, as well as a superb retail offering.

2. Doha Hamad 

Hamad International Airport is an award-winning complex known for some of the world’s best airport shopping, luxury pop-ups, and exemplary dining options. It’s also been described as one of the most luxurious and architecturally significant airport complex designs in the world. 

3. Tokyo Haneda

It may be Japan’s busiest airport, but Tokyo Haneda International Airport is also one of the cleanest airports in the world and is located just a quick 30-minute drive from the city.  

4. Seoul Incheon

Incheon International Airport is the largest in South Korea. This airport is recognised for excellent facilities, customer comfort, cleanliness, food and shopping. 

5. Paris CDG

Named after statesman Charles de Gaulle, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has fantastic passenger entertainment services and shopping. 

Tokyo Haneda Airport
Tokyo Haneda Airport © Unsplash/ Tsukada Kazuhiro

6. Istanbul 

It may only have one terminal, but Instanbul Airport boasts a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars, a revamped duty-free shopping zone, and a great lounge area. 

7. Munich

Munich Airport is the second busiest in Germany and has more than 150 retail stores, and more than 50 dining options. 

8. Zurich 

Located just 12km from downton Zurich, Zurich Airport is the busiest hub in Switzerland and has 40 bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from, around 60 in-terminal stores, shower facilities and beauty salons.  

9. Tokyo Narita 

The world’s first voice-powered airport guide app, NariCo, can be found at Tokyo Narita Airport, alongside 88 dining options, a Pokemon store and the Narita Sky Lounge Wa inside Terminal 2 is open to everyone. 

10. Madrid Barajas

Madrid Barajas Airport has play areas for children, luggage storage facilities, pharmacies, free wi-fi and a variety of airport lounges.

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