Speed Reads

This just in

Singapore's butterfly-filled Changi Airport is crowned the best in the world

Changi Airport Group

With cactus plants, orchids, sunflowers, butterfly gardens, koi ponds, and a tall indoor slide, Singapore's Changi Airport sounds more like a resort than a transportation hub. It's no wonder Changi earned the title of Best Airport at the World Airport Awards, held in Barcelona. "Changi Airport Singapore is showing itself to be much more than an airport," says Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, which sponsors the awards. "Changi Airport offers a travel experience in itself and continues to develop its quality standards to be named the world's favorite airport again."

The awards are based on input from more than 12.5 million customers who took a survey asking about the ease of check-in, transfers, immigration, and other key travel experiences. Incheon International in South Korea came in second, while Munich Airport placed third and Hong Kong International fourth. No U.S. airports were able to crack the Top 10 (though to be fair, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport ranked No. 4 in the domestic airport category). --Catherine Garcia

(Changi Airport Group)