You can’t get away from them if you need to get away, so as most of us have a love-hate relationship with airports (love the duty free, hate the waiting/queuing!), eDreams’ latest airport rankings make for interesting reading.
In for the first time in their annual poll comes London Heathrow, for its bars & restaurants, shopping selection and waiting lounges, which put it in eighth and fourth places in two different polls. All the results in each category were based on the opinions of thousands of eDreams customers who travelled in 2013.
Perhaps surprisingly, Heathrow is the only London airport in any of the Top 10’s, while five European airports have made it into the top 10 best airports for 2013, compared to just four in 2012.
The most popular European airport is Germany’s Hamburg Airport (HAM) which made the no. 4 slot in the overall Best Airports in the World Top 10.
On the downside, Paris didn’t fare too well. Those surveyed weren’t fans of Paris Orly Airport (ORY) or Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), which came out in the rankings as the two worst airports in the world.
The 10 Best Airports in the World, ranked by eDreams customers last year are:
1. Narita International, TOKYO
2. Changi airport, SINGAPORE
3. Suvarnabhumi, BANGKOK
4. Hamburg, GERMANY
5. Stockholm, SWEDEN
6. Hong Kong International Airport
7. Munich, GERMANY
8. Schipol, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
9. Dubai International
10. Helsinki, FINLAND
The Best Airports for shopping were, in descending order:
Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Hamburg, Zurich, Stockholm, Copenhage, London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Bangkok.
London Heathrow did well in the Best Airport Bars & Restaurants poll – in at no. 4 – while Hong Kong and Hamburg took the top two positions.
Finally, the Worst Airports Top 10 line-up included Dusseldorf, Rio, Nice, Lima, Sao Paolo, Rome, Newark, New Delhi and lastly, Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle.