The Best and Worst Airports in the World 2018

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      The best airports in the world


      Using over 50,000 reviews from the last year, eDreams brings you a selection of the best and worst airports to visit in 2018. Travelers reviewed the airports they visited, listing the features that mattered most to them. They also considered how good the restaurants, shopping facilities, and waiting areas were in each airport.

      The list has changed a lot since 2017: only three of last year's top 10 made the cut. There is a new best, and a new worst airport. See below for the best and worst airport rankings, and a few other highlights of the study.

      The 10 Best Airports in the World


      Rank Airport Country Score
      1 Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) singapore flag Singapore 4,47
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      "Singapore airport is always excellent!" Tunge, Australia
      2 Zurich Airport (ZRH) switzerland flag Zurich, Switzerland 4,18
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      "To me, it is the most beautiful airport in the world!" Yevgeniya, Switzerland
      3 Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) Turkey flag Istanbul, Turkey 4,16
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      "Istanbul Atatürk airport is beautiful and is connected via an excellent metro service." Kal,USA
      4 Copenhagen Airport (CPH) Denmark Flag Copenhagen, Denmark 4,14
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      "Very nice and conveniently located airport." Mitch, Slovenia
      5 Munich Airport (MUC) Germany Flag Munich, Germany 4,11
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      "One of the best airports in Europe." Anonymous traveller, Germany
      6 Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) Germany Flag Düsseldorf , Germany 4,03
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      "Lots of self-service machines. Did not have to wait in long lines, great when you only have a carry-on." Joe, UK
      7 Frankfurt Airport (FRA) Germany Flag Frankfurt, Germany 4,02
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      "Very friendly and helpful staff." Katja, Germany
      8 Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) Spain Flag Madrid, Spain 3,99
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      "They have a huge children's playground, unique in the world I believe! " Gus, Puerto Rico
      9 Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) Italy flag Rome, Italy 3,97
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      "Modern and hospitable airport. Excellent duty free!" Anonymous traveller, Italy
      10 London Heathrow Airport (LHR) UK flag London, United Kingdom 3,95
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      "Everything is clearly marked. Baggage collection and customs was easy." Becky, USA

      The top 10 includes some surprises as well as a few old friends. Seven airports on the list are new entrants since 2017. The returning three were Zurich, Munich, and Frankfurt's airports. Numbers 5 to 7 on the list were all taken by German airports (including Düsseldorf Airport).

      European airports made up eight of the top 10, but some of the best were from Asia, with Singapore Changi Airport in the top spot and Istanbul Atatürk Airport at number 3. Two other airports from Asia and the Middle East, Bangkok International Airport and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, were on last years list but were dropped this time around. Other airports dropped from the list were from Helsinki, Glasgow, Geneva, Oslo, and Dublin.

      See last year's top 10 airports list here

      The 5 Worst Airports in the World


      Rank Airport Country Score
      1 Casablanca Mohammed V airport (CMN) Casablanca, Morocco 3,19
      2 Rome Ciampino airport (CIA) Rome, Italy 3,21
      3 Berlin Tegel airport (TXL) Berlin, Germany 3,30
      4 Berlin Schoenefeld airport (SXF) Berlin, Germany 3,33
      5 London Luton airport (LTN) London, United Kingdom 3,56

      Germany had some of the worst airports in the world as well as some of the best. Two airports from the capital Berlin, Schoenefeld Airport and Tegel Airport, were the 3rd and 4th worst respectively. This may well be because they haven't been upgraded in some time: both airports are due to be replaced by the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport which has been repeatedly postponed. Berlin Schnoenefeld and London Luton airports were also on last year's worst airports list. LaGuardia and J. F. Kennedy airports in New York were both on last year's worst airports list, but neither appeared this time. The worst airport in the world this year is Morocco's Casablanca Mohammed V Airport.

      Best Airports by Category



      Best Airports
      for Eating


      1. Bogotà-El Dorado Airport
      2. Zurich Airport
      3. Madrid Barajas Airport

      El Dorado Airport in Bogotà, Columbia is the place to be if you want the best selection of restaurants. Zurich Airport once again made it into the top 3, joined this year by Madrid Marajas Airport. People appreciate both a wide selection of restaurants, and quality food and service while they wait for a flight or fill up on arrival.


      Best Airports
      for Shopping


      1. Singapore Changi Airport
      2. Franz Josef Strauss
      3. Zurich

      Zurich Airport was again the only airport on both the 2017 and 2018 list. This year's winners inclucded Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich and the overall winner Singapore Changi Airport. Shopping for pleasure or filling missing luggage items is a time-honored airport activity, and passengers appreciate a good range of shops before boarding a flight or during the downtime on a stopover.


      Best Airports
      for Waiting Areas


      1. Zurich
      2. Singapore Changi Airport
      3. Heathrow

      Zurich Airport has made its way onto all of our 2018 top lists, and the best waiting areas list is no exception. London's Heathrow Airport is a new addition to the top 3 this year. Passengers like to be comfortable when waiting for their flights and transfers, and often need a safe, comfortable place to sleep while spending the night in an airport.

      Airport Fun Facts


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      Which is the biggest airport in the world?

      Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International has more people pass through each year than any other airport in the world.

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      Which is the best European airport?

      Zurich Airport in Switzerland is ranked as the best airport in Europe.

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      Which is the best airport to sleep in?

      Singapore Chanig Airport is one of the best airports to sleep in, with its Transit Hotel, shower services, and many respite areas.

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      Airport with the strangest name

      An airport in southeastern Turkey claims the prize for the strangest name: Batman Airport, in the fascinating Anatolia region.

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      Coincidence?

      You can travel on Finnair's flight 666 from Copenhagen to HEL (Helsinki Airport).

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      Highest airport in the world

      The world's highest altitude airport is in China: Daocheng Yading airport, at 14,427ft.

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      The world's most dangerous airport

      The most dangerous airport in the world may be Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba island in the Caribbean. Its runway is reputed to be the shortest commercial strip in the world: only 1300ft long!

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