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Singapore's Changi wins World's Best Airport in 2023; Philippines fails to make top 100 list

By Ralph Edwin Villanueva / Published Mar 17, 2023 12:21 pm

Trailing Changi and Doha Hamad airports were Tokyo’s Haneda, Seoul’s Incheon and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle.

Philippine airports failed to make it to the top 100 list of the world’s best airports for this year, according to the 2023 World Airport Survey.

According to the 2023 World Airport Awards conducted by air transport research firm Skytrax, Singapore’s Changi Airport is this year’s best airport.

Changi Airport was followed by last year’s best airport, the Doha Hamad.

Trailing Changi and Doha Hamad airports were Tokyo’s Haneda, Seoul’s Incheon and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle.

Rounding up the top 10 airports in the world are Istanbul, Munich, Zurich, Tokyo’s Narita and Madrid’s Barajas. Philippine airports also did not make it to Asia’s top 10 for this year.

Asia’s top 10 airports were Singapore’s Changi, Tokyo’s Haneda, Seoul’s Incheon, Tokyo’s Narita, Osaka’s Kansai, Centrair Nagoya, China’s Guangzhou and Haikou Meilan, Fukuoka in Japan, and Shenzhen in China.

Named as the 10 cleanest airports in Asia are Tokyo Haneda, Singapore Changi, Centrair Nagoya, Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong, Seoul Incheon, Kansai, Fukuoka, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

Sought for comment, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio told The Philippine STAR “results vary as we need to consider survey dates, as travel fever is just now taking off from its pre-pandemic level.” He said there are at least 1,200 international airports worldwide.

“Among the top Philippine airports are NAIA, Clark, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo/Kalibo,” Apolonio said. He said CAAP is doing its part in improving airports, to “be at par with Asian neighbors, like additional night-rated airports and improvements of facilities.”

He underscored that airports in Cebu and Iloilo were named among the top 20 airports in Asia back in 2019, according to another survey.

Meanwhile, in February, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has been named the best airport in Asia in Under 5 Million Passenger Category by Routes Asia. It bested 200 other countries.

“We’re tremendously happy and proud that our Cebu airport has been recognized for this award, but most importantly this will further put Cebu on the global map as a premier destination for tourism and investment possibilities,” Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Central Visayas governor Melanie Ng said.

Editor's note: This story originally appeared on One News.