Singapore’s Changi loses its ‘world’s best airport’ crown to Qatar’s Hamad International, with London Heathrow coming eighth in the 2021 ranking
- The Qatari hub has been named the No.1 in the world in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards
- South Korea’s Incheon International Airport has been named the fourth best in the world
- London Heathrow Airport is ranked way ahead of rival hub Gatwick, which comes 69th
Singapore Changi held the title of ‘world’s best airport’ for eight years in a row, but now it has lost its crown to Hamad International Airport in Doha.
The Qatari hub has been named the No.1 in the world in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards, with Changi coming third behind second-place Tokyo Haneda Airport.
South Korea’s Incheon International Airport has been named the fourth best, with London Heathrow Airport coming a very respectable eighth, way ahead of rival hub Gatwick, which comes 69th.
Hamad International Airport in Doha (pictured) has been named the No.1 airport in the world in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards
THE TOP 100 BEST AIRPORTS FOR 2021
1 Doha Hamad
2 Tokyo Haneda
3 Singapore Changi
4 Seoul Incheon
5 Tokyo Narita
8 London Heathrow
10 Hong Kong
11 Centrair Nagoya
12 Amsterdam Schiphol
15 Paris CDG
20 Madrid Barajas
21 Shanghai Hongqiao
25 Houston George Bush
29 Haikou Meilan
33 Cape Town
36 Rome Fiumicino
37 Taiwan Taoyuan
38 Toronto Pearson
41 Cologne / Bonn
42 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
49 Houston Hobby
52 Durban King Shaka
55 Kuala Lumpur
57 Moscow Sheremetyevo
59 Seoul Gimpo
60 London City
61 San Francisco
66 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
69 London Gatwick
70 Dallas/Fort Worth
72 Chengdu Shuangliu
73 Paris Orly
75 Los Angeles
77 Gold Coast
78 Milan Malpensa
82 Denpasar Bali
83 Sanya Phoenix
84 Abu Dhabi
86 New York JFK
91 Stockholm Arlanda
92 Beijing Capital
94 Minneapolis St.Paul
98 Detroit Metropolitan
99 Boston Logan
The highest-place U.S airport is Houston George Bush, in 25th, with Melbourne flying the flag for Australia in 22nd.
Hamad International Airport rounds off its success at the 2021 World Airport Awards by winning the awards for the Best Airport in the Middle East, the World’s Best Airport in the 25 to 35million Passenger category, and for the Best Airport Staff in the Middle East.
Changi has been named the World’s Best Airport in the 10 to 15million Passenger category, and scoops the gongs for World’s Best Airport Staff and Best Airport Staff in Asia.
Tokyo Haneda Airport also wins the Best Airport in Asia, World’s Best Domestic Airport and World’s Best Airport Cleanliness awards.
Tokyo Haneda Airport has been named the second-best airport in the world and comes top in the World’s Best Airport Cleanliness category
Changi has been named the World’s Best Airport in the 10 to 15million Passenger category – and is third overall
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport has been named the Best Airport in China, the World’s Best Airport in the 35 to 45million Passenger category and also takes the awards for the Best Airport Staff in China. The airport also achieved its highest global ranking at No.14, up from No.30 in the 2020 Awards.
Munich Airport, meanwhile, retains its stronghold at the awards, being named the Best Airport in Europe, whilst London’s Heathrow Airport is named World’s Best Airport in the 20 to 25million Passenger category, as well as the Best Airport in Western Europe.
Istanbul Airport is named the World’s Most Improved Airport in 2021, moving from No.102 in 2020 to No.17 in the 2021 results.
South Korea’s Incheon International Airport has been named the fourth best in the world
London’s Heathrow Airport is named World’s Best Airport in the 20 to 25million Passenger category, as well as the Best Airport in Western Europe. It comes eighth in the main ranking
The highest-place U.S airport in the 2021 Skytrax awards is Houston George Bush (pictured), in 25th
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said: ‘We are delighted to announce that Hamad International Airport has been voted the World’s Best Airport 2021. Inaugurated in 2014, Hamad International Airport has rapidly become a customer favourite and moved from No.3 in the world in 2020 to be ranked World’s Best Airport this year.
‘Achieving this honour is very much a team effort, and our congratulations go to the management, staff and stakeholders at Hamad International Airport that help make this happen.
‘As travel hubs worldwide have been impacted by the pandemic, Hamad International Airport was undeterred by the global travel disruptions and continued with its expansion plans while introducing additional airport health and safety standards.
‘As the Official Airport Partner for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 we wish Hamad International Airport every success in helping to host such a major event.’
Skytrax added: ‘The 2021 World Airport Awards recognise the efforts of global airports in adapting and meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘The past 18 months has been the most challenging and financially difficult period ever experienced by the world air transport industry, and airports have invested to provide the safest possible environment for their customers and staff during the global pandemic. Covid-19 has impacted some regions and airports more than others, with many areas having few, if any, international routes operating for more than a year.’