Examining the world’s best and worst airports

October 22, 2014 |

Whether we like it or not, vacation getaways often include a trip to the airport. While many dread the whole ordeal of waiting in line at security, trying to find your gate and discovering that your flight has been delayed yet again, it’s nice to know that there are certain airports that make an effort to produce a pleasant experience. It’s also convenient to know which airports are generally rated the worst when it comes to using their services.

CNN lists world’s worst airports
CNN recently released a 2014 list of the world’s worst airports, with poor qualities ranging from outrageous security line waiting times to rude staff workers. The overall list of the worst airports were from locations scattered around the world, with only one being in the U.S. The standard guidelines for establishing which airports made the list dealt primarily with four different qualities, such as lack of comfort, convenience, cleanliness or customer service.

LaGuardia Airport in New York City was pointed out for its immensely poor customer service and confusing layout, and the airport as a whole has even been referred to by Vice President Joe Biden as a, “third world country.” Other noted airports on the worst list included the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines, which has routinely made lists for bad airports for flaws ranging from rude customer service to air conditioning being known to break down. The other two primary contestants for the title of worst airport went to two Middle Eastern airports, the Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan and the Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia. An absence of crowd control, overly-aggressive security checks and limited amounts of chairs were the main complaints of both these locations.

Cream of the crop
When it came to naming the best airports in the world, it was evident that these terminals went above and beyond to ensure that their traveling customers get the most out of their global travel experiences. Most of the inclusions have features that would make delayed travelers almost eager to relish these airport amenities just a little longer.

The Singapore Changi International Airport was once again voted far and away the No. 1 airport in the world, where customers will easily be more motivated to get there as early as possible for their flight. Simply looking at the massive list of attractions featured in the airport, such as a full-out day spa, swimming pool, movie theater and complimentary tour of the city is enough to get anyone more interested in using their services.

Being transit friendly was also a primary quality to making the list for world’s best airports. Helsinki International Airport in Finland was noted for its quick access to public transportation, as well as implementing electronic passport kiosks which helped practically erase lines from checking into the airport, making the entire airport procedure much quicker.

A notable exclusion was that there were no U.S. airports that made the list, with the Vancouver International Airport in Canada being the lone representative for North America. This Vancouver airport features everything from aquariums and art exhibits, not to mention a wide variety of resting options and restaurants if you have a few hours to kill at the airport.

Many of the airports included on the list were also noted for their accommodations for technological devices. Free Wi-Fi, an abundance of electrical outlets and charging centers as well as Internet lounge areas were consistently found to be reported advantages for flying through airports on the list. All of these dynamics help make it apparent what separates the best from the rest of the pack when it comes to airports.