Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport winsthe Best Airport in Africa award, a title that JNB has held since the awards started in 2000.
Changi Airport Singapore was named as the World’s Best Airport by air travellers for the third consecutive year at the 2015 World Airport Awards, held at Passenger Terminal EXPO in Barcelona, Spain.
1 Singapore Changi Airport
2 Incheon International Airport
3 Munich Airport
4 Hong Kong International Airport
5 Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
6 Zurich Airport
7 Central Japan International Airport
8 London Heathrow Airport
9 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
10 Beijing Capital International Airport
Attending the Awards event in Paris, Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group said “It is a great honour to be named World’s Best Airport by Skytrax for the third year running. This recognition is particularly pleasing for us as it comes at a time of transformation at Changi Airport. We are undertaking a number of significant development projects including Terminal 4 and Jewel Changi Airport, with some works taking place amid ongoing airport operations. We are most grateful to all our passengers and partners who have, nonetheless, continued to give us their strongest support. Thank you for your affirmation and understanding.”
Changi Airport enjoyed double success at the Awards receiving the award as Best Airport for Leisure Amenities. The vast array of leisure and entertainment facilities are a unique, stand-out feature for Changi Airport, and underline the dedication of this airport to ensure maximum levels of passenger satisfaction.
“To win this prestigious award three years in succession is a remarkable achievement for Changi Airport Singapore, and underlines its popularity amongst air travellers as the world’s Best Airport,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax. “Changi Airport lives up to its reputation as the world’s Best Airport and rather than dwell on earlier success, the airport continues to innovate and concentrate on making the customer experience in the airport environment the most enjoyable. It is therefore no surprise to see it named again by global travellers as the world’s favourite airport. Changi Airport offers today’s airport customers real delights and surprises that are in many instances quite unique.”
The Best Airports defined by Passenger numbers are:
SIN : Best Airport 50 million+ passengers
ICN : Best Airport 30-40 million passengers
ZRH : Best Airport 20-30 million passengers
YVR : Best Airport 10-20 million passengers
NGO : Best Airport 5-10 million passengers
DUR : Best Airport under 5 million passengers
Abu Dhabi International Airport Mr Saif Al Mazrouei, Chairman’s Office Director, accepted the 4-Star Airport ranking 2015 at the start of the awards event, before collecting the prestigious award for the Best Airport Staff Service in the Middle East.
Auckland Airport was a repeat winner at the 2014 awards, for the 6th year running of the Best Airport in Australia/Pacific region.”
Bengaluru International Airport was a first time winner at the awards, with the Chairman of Bangalore International Airport, Mr Bodapati Bhaskar and Mr Hari Marar President of BIAL Airport Operations collecting the award for the Best Regional Airport in Central Asia and India.
Bogota El Dorado International Airport was honored at the start of the awards ceremony, with their CEO Mr Andres Ortega receiving the 4-Star Airport ranking 2015 for El Dorado Airport, also collecting the prestigious title for Best Airport Staff Service in South America.
Brisbane Airport made a welcome return to the World Airport Awards stage, receiving the award for the Best Airport Staff Service in the Australia / Pacific region.
Budapest International Airport collected the Award for Best Airport in Eastern Europe for the second year running, with their COO, Mr Peter Huszka attending the event in Paris.
Cape Town International Airport was one of the three ACSA airports honored at the event, with CPT Terminal Manager Lebohang Motasi receiving the Award for the Best Airport Staff Service in Africa.
Central Japan International Airport, Nagoya celebrated double-success at the World Airport Awards, with their GM Customer Services, Mr Hitoshi Kamiya, receiving the global award as the World’s Best Regional Airport, and also collecting the award as Best Regional Airport in Asia.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport made a first appearance at the World Airport Awards, with Vice Director Mr Xiao Li receiving the award as the Best Regional Airport in China.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport continues its successful run at the awards by winning the Best Regional Airport North America for the 5th year in a row, received by the airport CEO, Ms Candace McGraw. “Receiving this prestigious award five years in a row exemplifies a proven track record of excellence,” said airport CEO Candace McGraw.
Cologne/Bonn Airport emerged winners of this most competitive category, with Director of Marketing, Mr Ulrich Stiller, receiving the award for the Best Regional Airport in Europe.
Copenhagen Airport received the award as the Best Airport in Northern Europe and were runners-up for the world’s Best Airport Security, with CPH Vice President Operations, Mr Kristian Durhuus attending the event.
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport was a repeat winner of the award as Best Airport in Central Asia & India, with DEL Airport’s CEO, Mr Prabhakara Rao collecting this accolade for the second time. Delhi International Airport was also the winner of the award for the Best Airport Staff in Central Asia & India.
Durban King Shaka International Airport was another ACSA airport honored, with DUR Terminal Manager Fani Mphaphuli collecting the Award as the Best Regional Airport in Africa, this for the second year running.
Gold Coast Airport was named the Best Regional Airport in Australia and Pacific region. David Collins, COO of Gold Coast Airport said: “The most significant part of these awards is that they are based on feedback from our passengers – it is not an award that the airport can enter. So to be recognised by the travelling public based on their experiences at Gold Coast Airport is very important. On behalf of all our staff at Gold Coast Airport, we are truly honoured to win this award. To be held in such high esteem by our airline passengers is very humbling and we’d like to thank them for their continued support.”
Haikou Meilan International Airport in China’s Hainan Province, was named winner of the award for the Best Airport Staff Service in China, with their Vice President, Mr Wu Jian, receiving the award.
Hamad International Airport Doha celebrated it’s first year of operations by being named the Best Airport in the Middle East, with their COO, Mr Badr Al Meer, collecting the award. Mr Badr al-Meer, COO at HIA, said after receiving the awards: “The HIA family is very excited to win awards for the Best Airport in the Middle East, the world’s second best airport in terms of performance and services, and the ninth best world airport in transit services, especially as we competed with the world’s prestigious and longstanding airports. I received the award on behalf of all HIA staff and our partners who greatly contributed to our efforts to provide the best services to our passengers. These awards are a testimony to their persistent and hard work, and they encourage all of us to continue our endeavours to ensure full passenger satisfaction.”
Hong Kong International Airport, ranked No 4 in the world, was a double winner in the 2015 awards. HKIA Deputy Director Projects, Mr Kevin Poole, accepted the awards for the world’s Best Airport Dining Experience and the world’s Best Airport Immigration Service.
Incheon International Airport, Seoul, runner up to Singapore Changi Airport for the global Best Airport title, was also a double winner in 2015, receiving the Best International Transit Airport and Best Airport Terminal Cleanliness awards.
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport was the final ACSA airport honored, with JNB General Manager Bongiwe Pityi collecting the Award as the Best Airport in Africa, a title that JNB has held since the awards started in 2000.
Kansai International Airport ranked No 12 in the world, was another double winner in the 2015 awards. KIX Executive Officer Mr Katsuhiro Yamaguchi accepted the awards for the World’s Best Low Cost Terminal (T2) and the World’s Best Airport for Baggage Delivery.
Kazan International Airport was honored at the start of the awards ceremony, with Director General, Mr Alexey Starostin, receiving the 4-Star Airport ranking 2015 for Kazan Airport. The airport also received the award as the Best Regional Airport Russia & CIS for the second year running.
Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima enjoyed their continued domination amongst South American airports, being named the Best Airport in South America. Accepting the honor at the World Airport Awards ceremony in Paris, Lima Airport Partners’ COO Sabine Trenk said: “We are very pleased and proud to have won this award for the seventh time. The award reflects the significant level of passenger and user satisfaction (95%) we were able to achieve in 2014.” Lima Airport Partners CEO Juan Jose Salmon stressed the airport’s service orientation: “The fact that we have received this award for the seventh consecutive time shows our ongoing dedication to successfully provide high standards of service quality, security and efficiency. This award is an incentive for us to keep on going the extra mile to satisfy the expectations of our passengers and airlines.”
London Heathrow Airport up to No 8 in the global ratings, enjoyed a hat-tick of success in the 2015 Awards. Heathrow Airport’s COO, Mr Normand Boivin received the three awards, as Best Airport in Western Europe, the World’s Best Airport Terminal (T5) and the World’s Best Airport Shopping.”
Madrid-Barajas Airport whose T4 was ranked no 3 in the world as the Best Airport Terminal, was winner of the award for Best Airport in Southern Europe, with the airport Managing Director, Mrs Elena Mayoral receiving this accolade.
Moscow Domodedovo International Airport was again selected by customers as the Best Airport in Russia and CIS, and DME Head Of Marketing, Daria Korshunova, attended the event to receive the award.
Munich Airport ranked No 3 in the world, was again a double winner at the 2015 awards. The CEO of Munich Airport, Dr Michael Kerkloh, received the awards as the Best Airport in Europe and the Best Airport in Central Europe.
Panama Tocumen Airport celebrated double success awards, with their CEO, Mr Joseph Fidanque, collecting the awards as the Best Airport in Central America/Caribbean and the Best Airport Staff in Central America/Caribbean.
Paris CDG Airport enjoyed global success, with the President Director General of Aéroports de Paris, Mr Augustin de Romanet, receiving the CDG Award as the World’s Most Improved Airport. “This prize is a well-deserved reward for all Aéroports de Paris teams’ daily commitment to satisfying our passengers. In one year, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport moved up 34 places in the Skytrax rating, from 95nd to 48thposition. This result proves that our policy to promote service quality is bearing fruit. We must continue in this direction,” said Augustin de Romanet, Chairman & CEO of Aéroports de Paris. According to Franck Goldnadel, Managing Director of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, “This is a very positive message that, far from letting us rest on our laurels, will further push us to do everything we can to make hospitality and service quality our priority. We owe it to our passengers as well as our customer airlines.”
San Francisco International Airport celebrated success at the awards, named winner as for Best Airport Staff Service in North America for the second year running, Ms Cheryl Nashir, SFO Director Revenue Development attending the event in Paris.
Sanya Phoenix International Airport collected the accolade as the World’s Best Airport VIP Terminal for the second year running, with the airport Vice President, Mr Wang Bosheng, receiving the award Paris.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was the inaugural winner of the prestigious award for the World’s Best Airport Staff Service, their CEO Mr David Fei attending the event in Paris, and also collecting the awards for the Best Airport Staff Service in Asia.
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) ranked No 5 worldwide, enjoyed global success with the JAT President, Mr Isao Takashiro accepting the award as the World’s Best Domestic Airport. Haneda Airport was also winner of the award for the World’s Best Airport Security Processing, this award being received by TIAT Managing Director, Mr Shigeyuki Taguchi.
Vancouver International Airport continued it’s dominance by again being named by customers as the Best Airport in North America. “We’re both proud and humbled to be selected as the No 1 Airport in North America for the sixth consecutive year at by Skytrax World Airport Awards,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We want to thank our community, passengers, partners and the 24,000 employees at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) who are all a part of this tremendous success.”
Vienna International Airport celebrated success in the most competitive category by winning the award for the Best Airport Staff Service in Europe. Mr Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG said: “One of our most important strategic objectives is to offer a high level of service to our passengers, and a strong service orientation is a top priority for us. Our employees and all those working for partner companies on location deliver a top performance each and every day. In recent years Vienna Airport has implemented many measures to improve service quality. This award confirms that we are moving in the right direction together, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team of Vienna Airport and our local partners.”
THE WORLD’S BEST AIRPORT HOTELS
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was named the World’s Best Airport Hotel, a category previously dominated by Regal Airport Hong Kong. Mr Sunshine Wong, general manager of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, said: “We consistently aim higher and strive hard to improve our guest experience. We look forward to holding on to this prestigious honour, not just for this year, but for the years to come.”
Hilton Munich Airport wins the Award as the Best Airport Hotel in Europe, with the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain named the Best Airport Hotel in the Middle East.
Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport wins the award as Best Airport Hotel in China, and The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is a repeat winner as the Best Airport Hotel in North America.
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport is the Best Airport Hotel in Australia/Pacific, and InterContinental Hotel Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport the Best Airport Hotel in Africa.