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You could easily be forgiven for wondering whether I got my dates mixed up and that this article was meant to go out yesterday morning (1st April)… but I’m really not joking when I state that the airline and airport rating agency SKYTRAX has awarded Terminal 5 at London Heathrow the title of ‘World’s Best Airport Terminal’.
If you’re currently thinking, “T5 probably isn’t even the best terminal at Heathrow!”, you’ll no doubt be interested to hear that Heathrow Terminal 2 is apparently the 4th best Terminal in the world – after Singapore Changi Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 at Munich.
You can check out the full top 10 below:
- London Heathrow – T5
- Singapore Changi – T3
- Munich – T2
- London Heathrow – T2
- Dubai – T3
- Singapore Changi – T4
- Tokyo Haneda – International Terminal
- Guangzhou Baiyun – T2
- Madrid Barajas – T4
- Baku – T1
Ross Baker, the (presumably delighted!) Chief Commercial Officer at Heathrow Airport had this to say,
“To have two of our terminals be voted amongst the world’s top five is testament to the hard work our team has done to transform Heathrow for the better. We are tremendously pleased our passengers are not only voting for us through these awards – but also with their feet – as we saw with this year’s record breaking numbers. Going forward, we will continue to invest in Heathrow to give passengers an enjoyable, reliable and affordable journey every time they travel through the airport.”
The list of top 10 best airports is less surprising, but could perhaps still raise a few eyebrows:
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
- Incheon International Airport
- Hamad International Airport (Doha)
- Hong Kong International Airport
- Central Japan International Airport
- Munich Airport
- London Heathrow Airport
- Narita International Airport
- Zurich Airport
I’m not looking to be nasty or unfair to Heathrow here, I’m just genuinely baffled by the result. When things go to plan, Heathrow is ‘fine’ – it’s not (usually) the nightmare some people make it out to be and every airport has to cope with the occasional challenging day. But, “Best Airport Terminal in the World”? No chance.
Maybe I’ve just been oblivious to T5s charms; what do you think about the award?