These are the best airports in the world in 2022

Two years have passed practically deserted, empty of passengers and with hardly any air traffic, however, we face the summer with totally different perspectives. And it is that the activity of the airports and, especially, that registered by international facilities, are a clear photograph that illustrates the current situation. We travel again and, how could it be otherwise, they will once again be the scene of the busy coming and going of travellers.

For that reason, the publication this week of the World Airport Awards, the awards given each year by Skytrax, the portal specializing in air transport, acquire a special interest. In announcing the winners, Edward Plaisted, CEO of the company, highlighted “the extremely difficult times they have gone through in having to face the numerous restrictions and the severe drop in travel demand.”

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Known as the Oscar of aviation, the most prestigious awards in the sector are the result of an extensive global survey of customer satisfaction carried out in more than 550 aerodromes around the world. This makes the list a point of reference for quality at the moment, since airport services have been evaluated in the survey, ranging from the design of the terminal, to the attention of the staff, arrivals and departures, the offer of purchases, the security or comfort, among others.

The current ranking reflects, as in previous editions, a clear Asian dominance, especially Japan, with three aerodromes out of the seven on the continent in the top ten world. The remaining three are located in Europe. Two Spanish airports have sneaked into the top 25 on the planet in 2022: Madrid, in position 16, and Barcelona, ​​in position 23, advancing positions compared to last year, which occupied places 20 and 39, respectively.

According to the opinion of the users, these are the best airfields in the world:

Doha (Qatar)

1. Hamad International Airport

Interior of Hamad airport in Doha

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Doha International Airport, unanimously considered the most luxurious on the planet, repeats for the second time in a row as the best air terminal in the world, after breaking the reign of Singapore’s Changi in 2021. Despite the pandemic, Hamad served 17.1 million passengers last year. the main hub of Qatar Airways was inaugurated in 2014 after nine years of construction and the truth is that it offers five-star services. The design of its silhouette surprises travelers with its undulating roofs that recall the waves of the sea, the sand dunes and the typical vegetation of the desert.

Tokyo Japan)

2. Haneda International Airport


Haneda airport interior


The international airport of the Japanese capital remains at number 2. Located in Tokyo Bay, 15 kilometers from the center of the capital, it has also won the prizes for cleanest aerodrome, best national and Asian airport and the best accessible facilities. It has a large 360º observation deck on the roof with a cafeteria, a planetarium for stargazing and a gigantic shopping center, among other attractions.


3. Changi Airport

People walking around the rain vortex at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

People walking around the rain vortex at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore


The world’s third-largest airport from 2202 lost its crown last year to Hamad, after holding the position of honor for eight consecutive years. Changi, however, has been awarded in this edition for the service of its airport staff and for its restaurant offer. The spectacular of the main hub of Singapore Airlines surprises travelers. And it is that the Singapore facilities house outdoor and indoor gardens with paths, butterflies and flowers, relaxation areas, Jacuzzi, and even a swimming pool or laundry.

Tokyo Japan)

4. Narita International Airport

Narita Airport

Narita Airport

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Located in the city of Narita, in Chiba prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the capital, this airfield covers the Greater Tokyo region. It was opened in 1978 under the name of New Tokyo International Airport and today it is the second largest in the city. It is a hub for airlines such as All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines.

South Korea

5. Incheon International Airport


Incheon International Airport (South Korea)

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The largest airport in South Korea and the main gateway to the country loses one position compared to the 2021 ranking. Modern and highly visible from the air, Incheon boasts its golf course, its rooftop pool, its art gallery traditions, its museums, relaxation areas and its innumerable duty-free shops. It houses airlines such as Air Seoul, Asiana Airlines or Korean Air, and is a hub for other large Asian companies.


6. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Interior of the Parisian Charles de Gaulle airport

Interior of the Parisian Charles de Gaulle airport


The largest aerodrome in France, the best located outside the Asian continent, bursts like a breath of fresh air into the top ten of this edition of the Skytrax awards. Built 25 kilometers northeast of Paris, it is also known as Roissy, since its facilities are located in the town of the same name. The Charles de Gaulle, one of the busiest on the planet, has also been awarded as the best in Europe.


7. Munich Airport

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munich airfield

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In addition to the seventh position in the 2022 world list, the facilities of the Munich-Franz Josef Strauss airport have received other recognitions in this edition. Among others, the best in central Europe or the one with the best airport hotel stand out. It is located some thirty kilometers from the Bavarian capital and acts as hub of Lufthansa and Lufthansa CityLine, in addition to serving more than 100 airlines. It has micro-cabins to sleep in, mini-golf, exhibition halls, bus tours to get to know the complex and a wide range of shops and restaurants.


8. Istanbul Airport


Interior of the new Istanbul airport

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The last of the three Istanbul airports to be inaugurated – it began operating in 2019 – aspires to become, when its last phase is finished, the one with the highest traffic in the world: 200 million passengers a year. Located in the European district of Arnavutkoy, on the shores of the Black Sea, it is the main hub of Turkish Airlines. In addition to being the eighth best terminal on the planet, the Istanbul facilities have also been awarded as the best in southern Europe, number 1 with traffic between 30 and 40 million passengers, ideal for shopping and for families .


9. Zurich Airport


Zurich Airport (Switzerland)

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Zurich Airport, also known as Kloten, is the largest international airfield in Switzerland. Although it remains in top ten, has dropped two positions compared to last year. Located a dozen kilometers from the city, it is the hub most important of Swiss International Air Lines. In addition to a huge panoramic terrace, it offers first-class services such as tours and countless beauty and spa proposals. Another of this year’s awards makes it the cleanest on the continent.

Osaka (Japan)

10. Kansai International Airport


Aerial view of Kansai Airport (Osaka)


Kansai, designed by Renzo Piano, completes the top ten of the 10 best of 2022. Built on an artificial island in the bay of Osaka, it is an impressive engineering work that became from its inauguration, in 1994, the main gateway to the Greater Osaka region. The present edition of the World Airport Awards It has also been recognized as the best low-cost airport and No. 1 in baggage delivery.

The current ranking reflects, as in previous editions, a clear Asian dominance, especially Japan

The ‘top 25’ in full

  1. Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar)
  2. Haneda International Airport (Tokyo, Japan)
  3. Changi Airport (Singapore)
  4. Narita International Airport (Tokyo, Japan)
  5. Incheon International Airport (South Korea)
  6. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (France)
  7. Munich Airport (Germany)
  8. Istanbul Airport (Turkey)
  9. Zurich Airport (Switzerland)
  10. Kansai International Airport (Osaka, Switzerland)
  11. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (Finland)
  12. Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya, Japan)
  13. London Heathrow Airport (UK)
  14. Dubai International Airport (Dubai)
  15. Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (Netherlands)
  16. Madrid-Barajas Airport (Spain)
  17. Copenhagen Airport (Denmark)
  18. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China)
  19. Vienna International Airport (Austria)
  20. Hong Kong International Airport (China)
  21. Frankfurt Airport (Germany)
  22. Brisbane Airport (Australia)
  23. Josep Tarradellas Airport – Barcelona El Prat (Spain)
  24. Fiumicino Airport (Rome, Italy)
  25. Duesseldorf International Airport