The airport experience is not always a fun one but it's something that we greatly miss ever since the pandemic started. While many of us are waiting for our turn to travel and take to the sky, aviation hubs around the world have been busy getting back in the swing of things as several countries have reopened their borders to international travellers. In the midst of it all, Skytrax World Airport Awards recently released its annual ranking of the world's best airports in 2021! Check out which airports made the list this year ✈️
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Best Airports In The World 2021
1. Hamad International Airport
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Ranked third in 2020, Hamad International Airport earned the top spot this year, ending Singapore Changi Airport's 8-year reign. Anyone who has ever been to this airport will immediately notice its majestic architecture that reflects its coastal location. Inside, travellers get to admire over 20 permanent art installations including its iconic "Lamp Bear" - a giant, yellow teddy bear sitting under a black lamp located in the main departure hall!
2. Tokyo Haneda International Airport
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Tokyo Haneda International Airport has consistently ranked within the top five best airports in the world and this year is no exception. Coming in at number two, this 5-Star airport never fails to impress with top notch facilities, terminal comfort and cleanliness and impeccable staff service. Not to mention its endless retail options and new technology to make everything more convenient.
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3. Changi Airport
Singapore Changi Airport may have experienced an end to their 8-year streak as the world's best airport, but that doesn't make this one-of-a-kind airport destination any less amazing. It's one of the busiest passenger hubs in Southeast Asia and is widely known for unrivalled passenger experiences. With an all-in-one mall, world-class facilities, and jaw-dropping attractions (peep the HSBC Rain Vortex in the picture above; it's the tallest indoor waterfall in the world!), it's no secret that travellers often plan a long layover here to explore this wondrous airport.
Rank 4-10Incheon International Airport
4. Incheon International Airport
5. Tokyo Narita
6. Munich Airport
7. Zurich Airport
8. Heathrow Airport
9. Kansai International Airport
10. Hong Kong International Airport
We definitely miss the rush of stepping into an airport and boarding a flight, ready to take on all the exciting things that await us on that next travel adventure. It'll be a while before we can fly again, so in the meantime keep your wanderlust alive with these reads: