Tuesday 11 June 2013

Top Airports

1) Singapore Changi Airport

For Changi, it was a triple success. Securing the Airport of the Year accolade, it picked up the awards for Best Airport in Asia and the Best Airport for Leisure Amenities. This is the fourth time Changi airport has achieved the top prize - last claiming victory back in 2010. 
According to the airport's website, it is a major air hub in Asia, serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 220 cities.Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS), Changi International Airport, or simply Changi Airport, is the main airport in Singapore. A major aviation hub in Southeast Asia, it is about 17.2 km (10.7 mi) north-east[5] from the commercial centre in Changi, on a 13 square kilometres (3,200 acres) site.
The airport, operated by the Changi Airport Group, is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot,[6] Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Valuair, and Jett8 Airlines. As of March 2012, Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines operating 6,100 weekly flights connecting Singapore to over 220 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.
An important contributor to the economy of Singapore, more than 28,000 people are employed at the airport, which accounts for over S$4.5 billion in output.
Changi Airport has three passenger terminals with a total annual handling capacity of 66 million passengers. Terminal 1 opened in 1981, followed by Terminal 2 in 1990 and Terminal 3 in 2008. The Budget Terminal, opened on 26 March 2006 and closed on 25 September 2012, will make way for Terminal 4 which will be ready by 2017.
The Changi Airport Group manages the overall safety and security of the airport. The Airport Management Division of the CAG manages the airport's security, while the Aviation Security Division oversees the airport's compliance with aviation security (AVSEC) policies, manages AVSEC-related projects, engages overseas partners and plans for business continuity in the event of a national emergency. 

2) Incheon International Airport South Korea
Voted for by air travellers across the globe, Incheon International Airport has won the top award, twice. This year however, it slipped to the second slot. Said to be South Korea's largest airport, Incheon is also one of the world's busiest.largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul National Capital Area, and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. For seven years in a row (2005–2012), it was rated the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International
The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens and a Museum of Korean Culture. Airport authorities claim that average departure and arrival takes only 19 (60 minutes world-wide industry average) and 12 minutes (45 minutes) respectively, significantly lower than the rest of the world, making it one of the fastest airports in the world for customs processing.Its duty-free shopping mall has been rated the world's best for three years in a row in 2012 by Business Traveler.Incheon International Airport also claims that it has only a 0.0001% baggage mishandling rate.
35,062,376 passengers use the airport

3) Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
For the first time in 6 years, there was a change to the top-3 global airlines with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport accomplishing a third place finish in the survey. Airport Schiphol is the Netherlands' main international airport. Over the last 30 years, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has won many global airport awards in various categories, from both airline and passenger organizations. The Netherlands' main international airport is located 20 minutes (4.9 NM (9.1 km; 5.6 mi)[3]) southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. The airport's official English name, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, reflects the original Dutch word order (Luchthaven Schiphol). The airport used to have the IATA code of SPL, which has fallen into disuse and has been replaced by AMS
The airport occupies an area of 13 square kilometres (3,200 acres).49.8 million passengers pass through the airport.The airport is built as one large terminal (single terminal concept), split into three large departure halls, which converge again once airside.

4) Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport is a two-terminal and two-runway facility. According to the airport's website, in 2012, 56.5 million passengers used HKIA and 4.03 million tonnes of air cargo passed through Hong Kong.the main airport in Hong Kong. It is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, which is largely reclaimed for the construction of the airport itself. The airport is also colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport.
The Hong Kong International Airport is also home to one of the world's largest passenger terminal buildings (the largest when opened in 1998). It is operated by the Airport Authority Hong Kong, 24 hours a day, and is the primary hub for Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways and Air Hong Kong (cargo). The airport is also one of the Asian-Pacific cargo hubs for UPS Airlines.
HKIA handled 56,057,751 passengers, making it the 12th busiest airport worldwide by passenger traffic.

5) Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), is also called "China Gateway". It is among the largest, and busiest international aviation hubs in the world.the main international airport serving Beijing. It is located 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Beijing's city center, in an enclave of Chaoyang District and the surroundings of that enclave in suburban Shunyi District. The airport is owned and operated by the Beijing Capital International Airport Company Limited, a state-controlled company. The airport's IATA Airport Code, PEK, is based on the city's former romanized name, Peking.
he airport registered 557,167 aircraft movements (take-offs and landings), which ranked 6th in the world in 2012.It is the 13th busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic, registering 1,787,027 tonnes. the passenger traffic is of 55,937,289 Passengers .

6) Munich Airport
Munich Airport is one of Germany's most renowned airports. The airport is a shopping, business and recreation hub. It is an international airport located 28.5 km (17.7 mi) northeast[2] of Munich, Germany, and is a hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance partner airlines. It is located near the old city of Freising and is named in memory of the former Bavarian Prime minister Franz Josef Strauss. The airport is located on the territory of four different municipalities: Oberding (location of the terminals; district of Erding), Hallbergmoos, Freising and Marzling.
Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic behind Frankfurt Airport, and the seventh busiest airport in Europe, handling 38,360,604 passengers in 2012.The airport authorities have set out to cater for visitors and sight-seers by creating a 'Visitors Park' which includes a 'Visitors Hill' from which a good view can be obtained of the westerly aircraft apron and Terminal 1. This is served by a railway station named 'Besucherpark'. The view from the hill is shown in the above image. There are three historic aircraft on display in the park, a Super Constellation, a Douglas DC-3 and a Junkers Ju 52/3m. There is also a visitors viewing terrace on the roof of Terminal 2 that gives a view of the easterly aircraft apron.

7) Zurich Airport
Zurich Airport is a major airport in Switzerland. According to the airport's website, 1,998,413 passengers were handled at Zurich Airport during March 2013, a gain of 1.6% versus March 2012.also known as Kloten Airport, is Switzerland's largest international airport, and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. The airport is owned by Flughafen Zürich AG, a company quoted on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Major shareholders include the canton of Zurich, with 33.33% of the shares, and the city of Zurich, with 5% of the shares. No other shareholder has a holding exceeding 5%.Skyguide is responsible for all Air Traffic Control for Zurich.The airport is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of downtown Zurich, in the municipalities of Kloten, Rümlang, Oberglatt, Winkel and Opfikon, all of which are within the canton of Zurich.
24.8 million passengers and 270'000 movements annually.It is Important European hub with 34,2% connecting traffic.One of the largest European cargo airports with an annual capacity of 700'000 tons.

8) Vancouver International Airport
is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from Downtown Vancouver. In 2011 it was the second busiest airport in Canada by aircraft movements (296,942) and passengers (17.0 million), behind Toronto Pearson International Airport, with non-stop flights daily to Asia, Europe, Oceania, the United States, and Mexico, and other airports within Canada. The airport has won several notable international best airport awards; it won the Skytrax Best North American Airport award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 the second, third, fourth and fifth time respectively it has received the honour (the first was in 2007). It is the only North American Airport included in the top 10 for 2013. YVR also retains the distinction of Best Canadian Airport in the regional results.[8] It is a hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Transat as well as a focus city for WestJet. Vancouver International Airport is one of eight Canadian airports that have US Border Preclearance facilities. 
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been named, "The Best Airport in North America".[9] The airport also made the list of top 10 airports in the world, rated at 9th overall, for the first time in 2012. In 2013 it is rated 8th overall worldwide.It is also one of the few big international airports to have a terminal for scheduled floatplanes.
Vancouver International Airport is owned by Transport Canada[10] and is managed by Vancouver Airport Authority,[11] which also manages other airports around the world through its Vancouver Airport Services subsidiary.
Today, 62 airlines serve Vancouver International Airport, connecting people and businesses to 99 destinations in Canada, the US and around the world. 
According to its website, Canada's second busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport welcomed 17.6 million people in 2012, facilitated more than 296,000 aircraft take-offs and landings and handled 228,000 tonnes of cargo. 

9) Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. It is located in Ōta, Tokyo, 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station.
Haneda handles almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo, while Narita International Airport handles the vast majority of international flights. In 2010, a dedicated international terminal was opened at Haneda in conjunction with the completion of a fourth runway. This allowed for a dramatic increase in international flights going to Haneda, which previously had only "scheduled charter" flights to Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. The Japanese government plans to further expand Haneda's international role in the future.
Haneda handled 66,795,178 passengers in 2012. By passenger throughput, it was the second busiest airport in Asia and the fourth busiest in the world, after Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Beijing Capital Airport (Asia's busiest) and London Heathrow Airport. With Haneda and Narita combined Tokyo has the third busiest city airport system in the world, after London and New York City.
Haneda is the primary base of Japan's two major domestic airlines, Japan Airlines (Terminal 1) and All Nippon Airways (Terminal 2), as well as low-cost carriers Hokkaido International Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Skynet Asia Airways, and StarFlyer. It is able to handle 90 million passengers per year following its expansion in 2010.
One of Tokyo's primary airports, the Tokyo International Airport boasts of restaurants, shops and duty-free shops.

10) London Heathrow Airport
It is a major international airport serving London, England, United Kingdom. Located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in West London, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world (as of 2012) in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe.It is also the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic and the third busiest by traffic movements, with a figure surpassed only by Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Frankfurt Airport. Heathrow is London's main airport, having replaced RAF Northolt and the earlier and better-known Croydon Airport, and together with Gatwick, Southend, Stansted, Luton and London City, London is the busiest city airport system in the world by passenger traffic (with 133,666,888 passengers travelling through the six airports); and second only to New York City in terms of traffic movements. The airport sustains 76,600 jobs directly and around 116,000 indirectly 
in the immediate area,and this, together with the large number of global corporations with offices close to the airport, makes Heathrow a modern aerotropolis which contributes an estimated 2.7% to London's total GVA.
Heathrow Airport achieved its best ever result entering the top-10 airports for the first time and also scooping the awards for World's Best Airport Terminal for Terminal 5 and for the third year running the prize for Best Airport Shopping. 
Since 1955 Heathrow has been connecting people from around the globe, making it one of the world's busiest international airport. The airport's various Terminals are curently bein upgraded to offer better facilities. The airport's new Terminal 2 will open in 2014.

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