For all you CFO world travelers out there (and we know that’s a lot of you): great news. We have a list in hand of the best airports across the globe, courtesy of airport ranking agency Skytrax, with a hat tip to Forbes. Skytrax grades the airports based on a long list of factors, including public transport options; courtesy and attitude of security staff; restaurant and bar prices; presence of business centers; and terminal comfort. They calculated the awards based on more than 12 million surveys completed by passengers of 110 nationalities.
Here’s the list, so you can tailor your business accordingly:
Singapore Changi Airport, which tops the list, has a tropical resort, swimming pools, hair and beauty services, a nature trail and a spa. As Forbes points out, none of the airports are in the United States, and only one is in North America (Vancouver International).
Skytrax doesn’t stop there. It also grades the top airport terminals:
If you’ve had a bad experience at one of the following airports, you might reconsider. Skytrax gives a pat on the back to the top 10 “most improved” airports:
Skytrax also grades airports based on which have the best VIP terminals (I see you, CFOs):
In case you missed it, seven of the top 10 are in China. For someone who hasn’t been to China, the rankings raise some questions. For instance, how nice can an airport possibly be? I thought it was understood that the food would be inedible, slimy and wrapped in plastic; the wait times egregious; and the artwork uninspiring. Is there a better airport world out there, and I’m missing it?
Also, it seems North America should just pack it in. Executives, you should travel internationally (ideally to China), or you should not travel at all. Vice President Joe Biden would back me up here. In February, he expressed his frustration at the backward infrastructure in U.S. cities, particularly at LaGuardia Airport. “If I blindfolded someone and took them at two o’clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said ‘Where do you think you are?’ they would say, ‘This must be America. This is a modern airport,’” Biden said. “If I took them blindfolded to LaGuardia airport in New York, they would likely say, ‘I must be in some third-world country.’”
That’ s a little harsh. But in any case, for executives who are stuck on the continent, here’s the Skytrax list of best airports in North America:
The top three airports for dining worldwide were Hong Kong International Airport, Munich Airport and Tokyo International Airport Haneda. There are more rankings at this link, including the best airport for shopping (Heathrow), the world’s cleanest airports (almost all in Asia — sorry domestic-bound germaphobes) and the top airport hotels (Regal Airport Hong Kong ranks first).
Think Skytrax has it all wrong? Got any airports you love that aren’t on the list? Let us know in the comments section.