Top 10 Best Airports in 2011


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is located less than five flying hours from half of the world’s population and is the third busiest International passenger airport in the world. In 2010, some 50.9 million passengers travelled through HKIA, connecting approximately 160 destinations, through about 900 daily flights by over 95 airlines.


Serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 200 cities in 60 countries, Changi Airport handles about 5,400 arrivals and departures every week and over 42 million passengers a year (that’s more than 7 times the size of Singapore’s population). With over 40,000 square metres of commercial space, Changi Airport is also one of Singapore’s largest shopping locations.


Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, serving Seoul. It is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005 it has received the full 5-star ranking by Skytrax, a recognition shared only by Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens and a Museum of Korean Culture. The main passenger terminal (496,000 sq metres) is the largest airport terminal in area in South Korea, and the ninth largest passenger terminal in the world.


With around 34.7 million passengers in 2010, Munich is the second-busiest passenger airport in Germany and ranks 7th among Europe’s 10 leading airports. The airport has its own visitors centre and is home to the Munich Airport Centre (MAC), which is a shopping, business and recreation facility located between its 2 terminals.


Beijing Capital International Airport is located 20 miles northeast of Beijing’s city centre. The newest Terminal 3 building is the 2nd largest airport terminal in the world, and the third largest building in the world by area. Beijing Capital has rapidly climbed the rankings of the world’s busiest airports by 2009 it had become the busiest airport in Asia and is now the 2nd busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic (73,891,801 passengers in 2010).


Schiphol is an important European airport, ranking as Europe’s 5th largest and the world’s 15th largest by total passenger traffic, 45.3 million passengers passed through the airport in 2010. Schiphol has large shopping areas both landside and airside, Schiphol Plaza shopping centre, located before customs, is popular with both air passengers and non-travelling visitors.


Zürich Airport is located 12 Km (about 7 miles) from downtown Zürich. The Airport is served by approximately 60 airlines and charter services flying all over the globe. Zurich Airport offers a large selection of shops, restaurants and services, with over 180 companies employing more than 20,000 people at the airport. The train system at Zurich Airport connects passengers to destinations all over Switzerland, making it one of the most convenient airports for travel within central Europe.


Auckland Airport is the major connection between the world and New Zealand. Over 70% of visitors enter or leave New Zealand via Auckland Airport, which handles over 13 million passengers a year. More than 20 international airlines serve the airport, Australia/ Pacific regions 2nd busiest International airport.


Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is one of Asia’s major aviation hubs and is a destination in itself, located approximately 50 km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. The Main Terminal Building area was designed using the concept of ‘Airport in the forest, forest in the airport’, in which it is surrounded by green space. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is capable of handling 35 million passengers, it is one of the first Asia Pacific airports to become 100% BCBP (Bar Coded Boarding Pass) capable. KLIA can be reached by the KLIA Express and the KLIA Transit train services. KLIA Express provides a non-stop express train service to the KL City Air Terminal – the non-stop trip between Kuala Lumpur and KLIA is 57 kilometers and takes 28 minutes.


Only 12 minutes from the heart of Copenhagen. The distance from the train platform to the check-in counters is less than 100 metres. Airside, passengers have access to 50 shops, 15 restaurants and bars, conference facilities, a hotel area and a sauna.


Sophia Wadke
I am Shopia, a movie enthusiastic and I read lot of books, mostly of science fiction, thrillers and biography. Content writing is just my profession but my passion too.

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