These are the best airports in the world for 2022

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SkyTrax, an aviation ratings company, has announced the 2022 winners of its annual World Airport Awards which reveal the worlds best airports. More than 550 airports are evaluated and prizes are awarded based on customer feedback. Rewards are not influenced by airports or airlines.

Airport terminal with plane taking off outside the window

What makes an airport the Better?

When looking at SkyTrax’s methodology, it’s clear that they seek to provide unbiased data from the surveys they track. All submissions are voluntary, no financial incentive exists for airports or passengers, and there is no third-party involvement in survey collection. Topics covered in the survey include terminal comfort, check-in, availability of taxis, friendliness of airport staff, hygiene standards, passage through security and many other performance indicators found on the SkyTrax website. Many airports have been in the top 10 for some time, but Hamad International has only been in the top position for two years after winning the title from Singapore Changi in 2021.

Qatar international airport interior with bear sculpture

The seven best airports in the world

1) Hamad International Airport, Qatar

Hamad International is Qatar’s main airport, which replaced its old airport in 2014, and is the winner of this year’s World Airport Awards. Qatar Airways is the main airline and the airport hosts a passenger train allowing travelers to reach their terminals quickly. Google reviews of the airport tend to be very glowing, with many citing the airport as the best international airport they’ve been to.

Qatar international airport interior with large chandelier

2) Tokyo International Airport, Japan

Also called Haneda Airport, Tokyo International takes second place in this year’s awards. The main airlines are Skymark Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Skynet Asia Airways, Japan Airlines and Air Do. Apart from taking second place, the airport has also won awards for being the best airport in Asia and the cleanest airport in the world.

Tokyo Haneda International Airport tourist souvenir shop area

3) Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore

Singapore Changi held the top spot for several years, from 2013 to 2020. Major airlines include SilkAir, Jetstar Asia Airways, Scoot, and Singapore Airlines. In addition to third place, the airport also won awards for having the best staff in the world and the best food options. The airport also has a cinema and a swimming pool for extra-long stopovers.

Singapore Changi Airport Indoor Waterfall

4) Narita International Airport, Japan

Also known as Tokyo-Narita, this airport is Tokyo’s second largest after Haneda. The main airlines are Peach, Japan Airlines, Spring Airlines, Japan, Zipair Tokyo, Jetstar Japan and Nippon Cargo Airlines. Narita received an additional award, being named the best airport for five to ten million passengers.

Tokyo Narita Airport Terminal with Running Track Promotion for Olympic Games

5) Incheon International Airport, South Korea

As the largest airport in South Korea, Incheon International is home to many airlines. Several major airlines include Air Seoul, FedEx Express, Korean Air, Air Busan, Air Seoul, and Air Incheon. In 2012, Incheon was voted the best airport in the world and has remained at the top of the list every year since.

Incheon International Airport inside aerial view

6) Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France

Making a significant leap from last year, Paris Charles de Gaulle went from 15e at 6e on the list of the best airports in the world this year. One of the busiest airports in Europe and the world, it has also received the award for best airport in Europe. The main airlines are Air France Cargo, Air France and FedEx Express.

View of the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport terminal

7) Munich Airport, Germany

One of the busiest airports in Germany, Munich Airport, received several awards in 2022. The airport received the award for best airport in Central Europe and an award for having the best airport hotel . The main airline at Munich Airport is Lufthansa.

Aerial view of Munich Airport

The verdict

No matter which airport travelers visit, there’s always something special to get ready to fly. The sense of adventure and the unknown permeates the air. Visitors to the above airports are sure to enjoy their time between and before flights. For a more in-depth look at the top 100 airports for 2022, the full list can be found on SkyTrax’s World Airport Awards site.

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