If you ask most travelers, they’ll probably agree on one thing. Dealing with most airports can really be a pain in the neck. Like it or not, many of the world’s busiest airports simply don’t care about the people who are passing through them. And that’s leaving aside the question of getting through security, which we all know is the absolute worst.
Believe it or not, though, some airports know how to do things right. That’s why the World Airport Awards take place every year. They recognize the best of the best, giving those lesser airports something to aspire towards… We hope.
So what are the 15 best airports in the entire world according to the World Airport Awards? Let’s count them down…
15. Helsinki Airport
This one of the best airports in the world in which to have a long layover. That’s because it provides sleep pods for getting some much needed Z’s if they’re necessary.
14. Vancouver International Airport
As you pass through this airport, you might not even believe you’re in an airport at all. There are so many art and sculpture exhibits that it begins to feel more like being in a museum!
13. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Did you tie on a tight one during your trip to Amsterdam? If so, then maybe you should spend some time in this airport’s library, which is the first such airport library in the world.
12. Frankfurt Airport
The international hub for Lufthansa, you’re sure to get the first-class treatment if you’re flying on that airline through this airport.
11. Narita International Airport
This airport has everything the discerning travel could ever want for, and it even houses a museum dedicated to the culture of Kabuki theater.
10. Hamad International Airport Doha
Need a little refresh after a long flight? Pop into the world-class spa (the Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Centre) that calls this airport home, then!
9. Kansai International Airport
If you find yourself on your way to Osaka, let us make a recommendation: Budget some time to try one of this airport’s many delicious restaurants.
8. Heathrow Airport
One of the busiest airports in the entire world, Heathrow takes care of passengers shopping through. You can even pop in at Harrods if you want!
7. Zurich Airport
People like to stay active in Zurich, which is why this airport will be all to happy to provide you with everything from bicycles to in-line skates.
6. Chubu Centrair International Airport
Need to keep yourself occupied while you’re waiting for a flight. Best check out the gorgeous 61-store shopping mall on the forth floor here, then!
5. Hong Kong International Airport
How many airports do you know of that are home to their own IMAX theaters? If the answer was none, then know you know one… That’s because this airport has one!
4. Haneda Airport
Tokyo is a city of bright lights, excitement and style. You’ll find that its Haneda Airport embodies this spirit to a T.
3. Munich Airport
Does flying around build up a powerful thirst in you? Then you’ll be sure to appreciate the in-airport brewery that Munich Airport features.
2. Incheon International Airport
Every bit as busy as the world’s other major airports, Incheon has been designed to sooth those who travel through it.
1. Singapore Changi Airport
Home to everything from Jacuzzis to a movie theater and a museum, there’s plenty to keep you entertained if you have a layover here.