If you travel often, then you’ll agree that airports aren’t the most luxurious places to be – unless you’ve got access to a business lounge, of course. Instead, they tend to be quite dull to look at, especially once you’ve already made your way through duty free and the limited restaurant and bar offerings.
But while that may be the case for most airports, it certainly isn’t for Singapore’s Changi. The airport has just been crowned the best airport in the world for the seventh year running. That’s right, seven years and it is still undefeated.
The popular airport is known as the prime transfer spot, with over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 400 cities worldwide and handling about 7,400 flights every week – but that isn’t all it is good for.
Describing itself as much ‘more than an airport’, the £951m development features endless attractions including impressive art installations and sculptures, a butterfly park, cactus garden (with actual palm trees) and a cinema.
It also boasts a suspended trampoline, giant slide, indoor forest, hedge and mirror mazes, ‘foggy bowls’ (a children’s park with mist clouds to chase) and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Oh, and the shopping and dining offerings are also endless, as the airport is home to 400 retail and service stores, as well as 140 food and bar outlets.
We know, it sounds less like an airport and more like a holiday resort. And that is probably why it has consistently topped the charts at the Skytrax 2019 awards, which is voted for by passengers around the world.
Commenting on the win, Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group said: ‘We thank our passengers for their continued support. Their vote of confidence motivates us in our pursuit of service excellence and pushes us to continue redefining what an airport can be.’
Similarly, Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax added: ‘To be voted the World’s Best Airport for the seventh consecutive year is a truly fabulous achievement for Changi Airport, and this award continues to underline the airport’s popularity with international air travellers.’
The second and third spots on the list were taken by Tokyo Haneda and Seoul Incheon respectively, while the rest of the top ten was dominated by their neighbouring countries in Asia.