The list of the best airports in the world this year have witnessed the special sweeps of airports of Southeast Asian countries. These establishments are world-renowned for their beautiful architecture, effectively operating, luxury amenities, and a rich shopping and dining options.
The airports listed below belong to the rankings are published in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. These airports have been given comprehensive quality inspections on very high criteria to be selected to be present on this list.
The Centrair Japanese Central International Airport is just outside Nagoya, which is Japan's fourth-most important international airport, following Tokyo's Narita airport and Haneda Airport and Osaka's Kansai airport.
Built on a man-made island in Ise Bay, Japan Central Airport was opened in February 2005 to the EXPO 2005 Aichi exhibition, which took over all international and domestic air traffic, previously handled by Nagoya's Komaki airport. This is one of Japan's most convenient and comfortable airports, offering a wide range of shopping and dining opportunities even including public bath house.
Annual passenger: 9.8 million
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Hong Kong International Airport is the world's fourth busiest airport; It saw an average of 750 planes taking off and landing each day and transporting more than 48.6 million passengers in 2006. The commodity sector is one of the busiest places in the world and handles over 3.6 million tonnes in 2006.
The shopping and entertainment facilities include the airport's SkyMart with 160 shopping outlets and 40 restaurants spread over 39.000 m². Facilities also include free and paid Internet lounges, Wi-Fi access, multiple lounges and TV screens, and a children's play area. The superior facilities mean that the airport was voted the world's best in the year 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 (first awarded Skytrax World Airport Award in 2007) and is always on the list of top five.
Yearly passengers: 74.5 million
The Hamad International Airport is currently the International Airport in Doha, the capital of Qatar. It replaced the Doha International Airport, formerly Qatar Airport. The new airport has been designed to cater for the projected increase in traffic flow. In terms of further expansion, it was estimated to be the second largest airport after Dubai, with the ability to meet up to 93 million passengers annually. It is expected to process 360,000 planes and 2 million tons of cargo, while its retail and procedural areas may be 12 times larger than New Doha International Airport.
Yearly passengers: 34.5 million
Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, the main airport serving the Seoul, Capital Region and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Since 2005, it has been rated as the best airport worldwide by the international airport every year.
Yearly passengers: 68.4 million
Haneda Airport was first opened in 1931 on a small piece of land in front of the bay located at the southern end of today's airport complex and the largest civilian airport in Japan at the time. It is the main operational base of the Japan Air Transport, the then national airline.
Haneda Airport has grown from there to have three station buildings as well as the VIP terminal. Haneda Airport handled 62 million passengers in 2009 with the throughput and was the second busiest airport in Asia. It is expected to handle 90 million passengers after an ongoing expansion in Oct. 2010. Haneda Airport is the third largest air transport hub in Japan. The terminal is located next to the Tokyo Cargo terminal and has scheduled cargo lines. Yearly passengers: 87.1 million
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Singapore Airport, known as Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) is considered to be the major aviation hub in Southeast Asia and is the sixth consecutive year in the world's best airport. Singapore Changi Airport is comprised of 4 passenger terminals (Changi Terminal 1, Changi Terminal 2, Changi Terminal 3 and Changi Terminal 4). Yearly passengers: 65.6 million
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