Singapore Changi Airport Is Named the Best Airport in the World. And NAIA Isn't Even in the Top 100
When it comes to the Airport Olympics, Singapore Changi Airport wins the gold by a mile. The Southeast Asian passenger hub has been named, for the nth time, the world’s best airport by Skytrax’s World Airport Awards 2023 to no one’s surprise.
Singapore Changi Airport has become its own travel destination with its stunning indoor waterfall, multi-story slide, and giant mall complex. Amenities aside, Changi is the most punctual and technologically-advanced airport in the world. Passengers rarely encounter long lines at Changi, which is a novelty in itself for Filipino travelers who pass through the airport.
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As for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Philippines’ main international airport didn’t even make the list. It didn’t even make the top 10, top 50, or top 100. For an airport with immigration officers that notoriously asked for yearbooks as proof of identity, are we even surprised?
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When it comes to immigration, the world’s best airport immigration service is actually Incheon Airport in South Korea, which trumped Changi and Tokyo Haneda Airport for the top spot. If you’re concerned about getting your baggage back, Skytrax has crowned Bahrain International Airport as the world’s best airport for baggage delivery. And when it comes to shopping, it appears even Changi and Incheon aren’t up to par with Doha Hamad’s luxury retail experience.
Of the top 10 airports in the world, six are located in Asia. After Singapore Changi Airport, the next best airports in the world are Hamad International Airport in Qatar, Tokyo Haneda International Airport in Japan, Incheon Airport in South Korea, Paris Charles de Gaulle in France, Istanbul Airport in Turkey, Munich Airport in Germany, Zurich Airport in Switzerland, Tokyo Narita Airport in Japan, and Madrid Barajas Airport in Spain.
We certainly wouldn’t mind having long layovers at these airports. Beats having to endure NAIA, that’s for sure.