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The world’s busiest airports in 2014

Atlanta HartsfieldUntil 2005 Chicago O’Hare International Airport was the world's busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers, but in that year it lost this position to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. However, you can measure the size of an airport in more than 1 way. Other measures are the number of international passengers, the number of operations (take-offs and landings), the volume of freight or a combination of passengers and cargo. Airports Council International (ACI) released the preliminary top-20 of the world’s busiest airports in 2014. On the basis of the number of passengers...
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The world’s best airports

Singapore Changi AirportThis year is only 3 months old, but the third airport ranking list is already in. Each publisher invariably calls its own ranking “the most prestigious”. The latest ranking is from Skytrax that runs a series of websites. Based on a survey it rates Changi Airport in Singapore the world’s...
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The best airports for mass-transit access

BarajasThe busier an airport is, the more important is its accessibility by public transport. Yet, a few of the biggest airports in terms of passenger traffic score low on mass transit access. Los Angeles International Airport is the world’s 5th largest airport, but scores only 40 points (out of 100) on mass-transit access. It has no direct rail service, travel time from the nearest downtown district takes 45 minutes, and travel costs are $6-$11 (€5,65-€10,35). John F. Kennedy International Airport and Denver International Airport score even lower. They take the last place in...
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The world’s busiest airports

Atlanta HartsfieldUntil 2005 Chicago O’Hare International Airport was the world's busiest airport, but in that year it lost this position to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Chicago Tribune asserted on January 21, 2015 that Chicago O’Hare regains the title of the world's busiest airport. The newspaper names O’Hare the busiest on the basis of combined passenger and cargo traffic. However, you can measure the size of an airport in more than 1 way. Other measures are, for example, the number of operations (take-offs and landings) and the number of passenger enplanements...
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The world’s best and worst airports

Tokyo’s Narita International Airport is the world’s best airport according to a survey held by eDreams, an online travel agency. It scores 4.6 on a 5-point scale.

eDreams says the list is based on “the opinions of thousands of eDreams customers who travelled in 2013”. The opinions seem part of traveler reviews, but how authentic and unique the reviews are is unclear.

This is not unusual. Most rankings in the travel industry are not

based on thorough research, but rather serve as commercials...

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The world’s best airports

Airports Council International (ACI) recognizes each year the world's best airports on the basis of surveys conducted by airports. ACI is the voice of the world's airports and created the so-called Airport Service Quality Awards in 2006. Obviously, it is not an independent body that names the best airports. However, ACI claims that strict quality control procedures and commitment to impartiality are in place. This is considered sufficient justification  to describe the awards as "prestigious" and "the world’s leading airport passenger satisfaction benchmark". ACI also claims that the awards represent passengers’ views on 34 key service indicators and are an objective and...
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