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The  Skytrax World Airport Awards bill themselves as the “most prestigious accolades for the airport industry”. Customers rate various airports through satisfaction surveys. To settle on the winners for the 2017 awards, results were compiled from over 13 million survey questionnaires.

The results were not unsurprising in many ways. Many of the top airports in the world retained their rankings. Of the top 15 airports of 2016, only one dropped out of the top 15 (Helsinki). Even then, it only dropped to spot 17.  Dan was surprised at the top ranked airport in the US (coming in at 26th)

Singapore Changi reigns supreme

For the fifth consecutive year Singapore’s Changi Airport is the top airport in the world according to Skytrax. This isn’t surprising. The airport has a number of amenities that are incredibly unique. Changi airport boasts a rooftop pool, a free 24-hour cinema, and even a butterfly garden.

Butterfly_Garden Changi_Airport_Singapore Dr_Raju_Kasambe CC 4.0

Not to mention high end shopping, great lounges, and great restaurants, from everything I read and hear. Not to mention the airport always appears immaculately clean (which fits in perfectly with my mental image of the country from my father’s account of his Navy days).

With incredible features like these, it’s little wonder Changi Airport is the best on the globe. It almost becomes a destination itself. You can even book a free 2 hour Singapore tour if you have a layover of 5 hours or more!

Will Singapore remain top dog?

Singapore is in it to win it. Rather than sit back and enjoy the accolades, construction is proceeding on a new terminal that will include the worlds largest indoor waterfall and an indoor park. The conceptual art is stunning, and the focus on incorporating nature into the design is apparent. With a project budget is over a $1 billion, it better be good.

Featured image and butterfly garden image courtesy of Chensiyuan and Dr. Raju Kasambe, respectively, under CC 4.0 license


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