World's Best Airports for Dining, Shopping and Going through Security

The latest list from Skytrax celebrating the world’s best airports is something of an epic fail for the U.S. since the best its top airport could do – that would be Cincinnati – was number 30. Sadly, no North American airports were tops in cleanliness, dining or easy security lines, either, but we’ll tell you which airports were.

Hear where air travel expert Rick Seaney wants to be stranded during the next Oktoberfest:

Top 10 Best Airports Overall

As usual, Asia dominates this list – but North America is represented by Canada (click on the airport name to find cheap flights to these destinations).

  1. Singapore Changi
  2. Incheon, South Korea
  3. Amsterdam Schiphol
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Beijing Capital
  6. Munich
  7. Zurich
  8. Vancouver
  9. Tokyo Haneda
  10. London Heathrow

Best for Security

The top three include Europe and Asia:

  1. Copenhagen
  2. Taiwan Taoyuan
  3. Tokyo Narita

Best for Leisure Acitivities

  1. Singapore Changi (includes a live butterfly exhibit)
  2. Amsterdam Schiphol (try the casino or visit the airport branch of the Rijksmuseum)
  3. Incheon (features a tranquil Korean-style garden inside the terminal)

Best for Dining

Again, Europe and Asia:

  1. Munich
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Incheon

Best Shopping

Don’t forget your credit card:

  1. London Heathrow
  2. Dubai International
  3. Amsterdam Schipol

Cleanest Airports

Asia totally wins this round:

  1. Tokyo Haneda
  2. Incheon
  3. Singapore Changi


Published: April 17, 2013