Air travellers have voted Singapore Changi Airport the World’s Best Airport for the second year in a row at the 2014 World Airport Awards.
The South East Asian hub beat 2012 winner, South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, Munich Airport and Hong Kong International Airport to the top prize, awarded by Skytrax.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at Passenger Terminal EXPO in Barcelona, Spain, Skytrax chief executive Edward Plaisted said Changi was “showing itself to be much more than an airport”.
“Changi Airport offers a travel experience in itself and continues to develop its quality standards to be named the world's favourite airport again,” he said.
“Changi Airport demonstrates how to make the airport experience an enjoyable part of the journey that is so important in today's fast-moving world.”
Winner also of the Best Airport for Leisure Amenities award, Changi boasts movie theatres (Terminals 2 and 3), an orchid garden (Terminal 2) and a hotel with pools and gym (Terminal 1).
In other awards, Sydney Airport finished in the top five (5th) for the World's Best Airports (serving 30-40 million passengers), while Brisbane and Melbourne airports placed third and fourth respectively for the World's Best Airports (serving 20-30 million passengers).
Auckland International Airport was named the best airport in the Australia-Pacific region, beating Sydney (2nd), Brisbane (3rd) and Melbourne (4th).
The World's Best Airports 2014:
1 Singapore Changi Airport
2 Incheon International Airport
3 Munich Airport
4 Hong Kong International Airport
5 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
6 Tokyo International Airport Haneda
7 Beijing Capital International Airport
8 Zurich Airport
9 Vancouver International Airport
10 London Heathrow Airport
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