Hamad International Airport named as World’s Best by Skytrax

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Hamad International Airport (DOH) has again secured its position as the “World’s Best Airport” by the prestigious 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Hamad International Airport also won awards for the World’s Best Airport Shopping and the Best Airport in the Middle East.

Eng. Badr Al Meer_World’s Best Airport by Skytrax
Eng. Badr Al Meer
CEO – Qatar Airways

“This year HIA celebrates its milestone tenth year of operations and we are truly honored that passengers have voted us Best Airport in the World for a third time. We are also delighted to bring home the top awards for Best Airport Shopping and Best Airport in the Middle East for the second consecutive and tenth time respectively. Skytrax’s prestigious awards reflect the dedication of our employees who every day help innovating and maintaining our leading position.”

Badr Al Meer added that, “Our talented team is pioneering and committed to deliver excellent passenger experience with industry firsts and one-of-a-kind shopping and dining offerings set amidst our superlative infrastructure which includes the world-renowned indoor tropical garden the ‘ORCHARD’. We look forward to continuing to surprise and delight passengers by creating memorable and exceptional passenger journeys in the years to come.”

The 2023 Airport of the Year and 12-times previous winner, Singapore Changi Airport, achieved 2nd place in the global ranking, winning awards for the Best Airport in Asia and the World’s Best Airport Immigration Service.

Seoul Incheon Airport, which moved up to third place in the global survey rankings, was named the World’s Most Family Friendly Airport for 2024.

Tokyo Haneda Airport was No. 4 in the global ranking and maintained further outstanding results, being declared the World’s Cleanest Airport, the World’s Best Domestic Airport and as delivering the World’s Best Airport PRM & Accessible Facilities.

Other highlights from the 2024 ceremony included Tokyo Narita Airport being recognized for customer service, as they were named the World’s Best Airport Staff and Best Airport Staff in Asia. Elsewhere in Japan, New Chitose Airport was voted the World’s Most Improved Airport, after a much-improved performance in the global survey, and across many of the category sections. Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya, won the World’s Best Regional Airport award, and Kansai International Airport was recognized for the World’s Best Airport Baggage Delivery.

Rome Fiumicino Airport picked up the award for World’s Best Airport Security Processing, the first time they have received this accolade. Terminal A, Newark Liberty Airport achieved success as the World’s Best New Airport Terminal, after earlier receiving the highest 5-Star Airport Terminal Rating from Skytrax.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport had excellent success, as its Terminal 3 facility was declared the World’s Best Low-Cost Terminal. Paris Charles de Gaulle was also named Best Airport in Europe for a second successive year. In further accomplishment for Group ADP, Paris Orly Airport was voted the Best Regional Airport in Europe, marking a fantastic performance improvement.

Istanbul Airport was voted the World’s Best Airport Dining Experience and Best Airport in Southern Europe. Around Europe, Helsinki Vantaa Airport was the Best Airport in Northern Europe, and Budapest Airport was once again named the Best Airport in Eastern Europe by the passenger vote.

Munich Airport maintained a very good performance in the survey, winning awards for Best Airport Staff Service in Europe and Best Airport in Central Europe.

The Hilton Munich Airport was voted Best Airport Hotel in Europe for 2024.

Cape Town Airport and Durban King Shaka Airport were the major award winners in Africa, with Cape Town named Best Airport in Africa and Best Airport Staff Service in Africa. Durban King Shaka Airport took home the award for Best Regional Airport in Africa.

Houston Airport System was recognized as providing the World’s Best Airport Art for the second successive year at the awards, and Houston Hobby Airport was declared the Best Regional Airport in North America.

In China, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport won the award for Best Airport in China. Haikou Meilan International Airport was voted Best Regional Airport in China and Best Airport Staff in China. The Hyatt Regency Shenzhen was named the Best Airport Hotel in China.

Delhi International Airport was again triumphant as the Best Airport in India & South Asia, and its GMR parent, Hyderabad International Airport, was named Best Airport Staff Service in India & South Asia. Bangalore International Airport won the award for Best Regional Airport in India & South Asia. JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity was the Best Airport Hotel in India & South Asia.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was named World’s Best Airport Hotel, for the ninth time in the awards history; they also took home the award for Best Airport Hotel in Asia.

Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport repeated previous successes, winning awards for Best Airport in Central Asia & CIS and Best Airport Staff Service in Central Asia & CIS. Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport was, for the third time, declared the Best Regional Airport in Central Asia & CIS.

Bahrain International Airport achieved notable success, recognized for providing the Best Airport Staff Service in the Middle East. Medina Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport was declared Best Regional Airport in the Middle East.

Dallas Fort-Worth Airport was a first-time winner in the World Airport Awards, after it was recognized as providing the Best Airport Staff Service in North America.

Vancouver International Airport returned to the top of the region’s ranking, being named Best Airport in North America.

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