This Is the Best Airport in the World

Updated: May 15, 2023

This Asian airport was named number one for the 12th time, according to the World Airport Awards.

You have the busiest airports around the world and the most reliable airports, but only one can claim the crown of the best airport in the world: Changi Airport. The Singapore airport has been named the top airport in the world for the 12th time, according to Skytrax World Airport Awards. Changi Airport regained its number-one status after losing it in 2021 and 2022 to Hamad International Airport in Qatar (which finished second this year).

Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, ranked number three, won the award for the World’s Cleanest Airport, while Seoul’s Incheon Airport, ranked number four, won the award for World’s Best Airport Staff Service. Zurich Airport was cited as having World’s Best Airport Security and Istanbul Airport, the biggest airport in the world, ranked sixth, while Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport was named the Best Airport in Europe.

No major U.S. airport made the top ten. However, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport made the top 20 at number 18, and LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B did receive an award for the World’s Best New Airport Terminal.

What makes Changi the world’s top airport?

Newly Built Changi Jewel Complex at the Changi International AirportRoslan Rahman/Getty Images

In 2019, Changi Airport unveiled a $1.7 billion renovation project and the results are absolutely incredible, with so many things to do during an airport layover.

The can’t-miss sight at this airport is its multi-purpose facility called the Jewel. Located outside Terminal 1, the 1.4 million square foot complex features 10 levels of forest-like gardens, an indoor waterfall, a butterfly garden and a rock climbing wall, as well as hundreds of dining and shopping options. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport won the award for the World’s Best Airport Hotel for the eighth consecutive year.

What are the top 10 airports in the world?

According to the Skytrax World Airport Awards, the top ten airports in 2023 are as follows:

  1. Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore
  2. Hamad International Airport – Doha
  3. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) – Tokyo, Japan
  4. Incheon International Airport – Seoul, Korea
  5. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris, France
  6. Istanbul Airport – Istanbul, Turkey
  7. Munich Airport – Munich, Germany
  8. Zurich Airport – Zurich, Switzerland
  9. Narita International Airport – Tokyo, Japan
  10. Madrid-Barajas Airport – Madrid, Spain