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 for the “researcher”.
Moreover, the changes in the rankings are so large that they lack credibility. Airports do not change that fast, personal opinions may do. Four airports that were listed in the 2012 top-10 are no longer included in 2013.
No US airport made the grade in 2013. Five of the top-10 airports are located in Europe, 4 in Asia, and 1 in the Middle East. In addition, there are rankings of best airports for shopping, for bars & restaurants, and for lounges.
Moreover, there is a top-10 of the world’s worst airports. Six are located in Europe, 2 in Latin America, 1 in India and 1 in the USA. In particular the changes in this list are unlikely large. Only 2 of the worst airports in 2013 were also included in 2012.
The rankings of the best and worst airports in 2013 and 2012 follow.
|1.||4.62||Tokyo Narita, Japan||4.||4.55|
|3.||4.53||Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Thailand||1.||4.61|
|8.||4.42||Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherlands||10.||4.36|
|9.||4.36||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||-|
|2.||2.92||Rio De Janeiro, Brazil||-|
|5.||3.43||São Paulo, Brazil||2||2.67|
|6.||3.48||Rome, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Rome||8||3.09|
|8.||3.53||New Delhi, Indira Gandhi India||-|
|10.||3.58||Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France||-|