• Aviation rating firm Skytrax has released its list of the top 100 airports in the world with European and Asian airports dominating the list.
  • Singapore Changi Airport once again took the top prize for the eight consecutive year.
  • Only one airport in the Americas was in the top 20 with Vancouver International Airport ranking highest in North America and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport highest in the US. 
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Skytrax has once again named the top 100 airports in the world. 

Now in its 21st year, the air transportation rating firm completed the prestigious list in February, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic took full effect in March and the global aviation system began. Over 550 airports were judged based on 39 categories including terminal comfort, ambience and design; public transport options, efficiency and prices; and friendliness of airport staff.

European and Asian airports earn most of the top spots again this year with airports in North America and Australia earning a mere two spots in the top 20. Asia saw the greatest haul in this year’s list with eight airports across the continent earning spots in the top 10, with airports in Japan alone earning four top 10 spots. 

Airports in the United States failed to crack the top 20, or even the top 30. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport – a hub for United Airlines – ranks 31 followed by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International in the 34 spot and Denver International at 37. Vancouver International was the only airport in the Americas to make the top 20 list.

These airports most likely look different now during the pandemic but are still worth a visit once global travel resumes.

Here’s a closer look at which airports made the cut in the top 20 list.