Singapore: Changi Airport Wins World’s Best Airport Award

Changi Airport in Singapore has won the world’s best airport for the fifth year in a row. The airport was given the world’s best airport award at Skytrax World Airport Awards. Changi Airport, opened in 1981, has actually won this award eight times since the research firm created the award in 2000.

Changi Airport is currently one of the biggest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia and has continued improving in recent years. The airport is currently working on Project Jewel, which will add a structure with waterfalls, a garden, playgrounds and stores. The project, which has as estimated cost of $1.47 billion, will also make a few other additions to the airport and could be completed as early as 2018.

The airport has won the award five straight times and Project Jewel will most likely make it a contender for future awards. The project, announced in 2013, will also increase the airport’s capacity to 85. Changi airport had nearly 59 million passengers in 2016 but the airport is not among the top ten busiest airports in the world.

The Skytrax World Airport Awards takes a look at airports across the world and the award is decided by surveys done by airline customers. The research firm looked at surveys between July 2016 and February 2017 to find the winner. Asia had the most airports in the list, with Europe following closely with four. Japan has two airports in the top ten, one in second place and one in seventh place. Tokyo International Airport, which appears as the second best airport in the world, was given the award for the world’s cleanest airport. Changi Aiport is in sixth place as the world’s cleanest airport.

Changi Airport talked about the award on Twitter, where it thanked its passengers for their vote. The airport’s Twitter account also added that there are free cupcakes for travelers at the airport today for winning Skytrax’s award.