Best Airports in the World

Best Airports in the World

Curious to know which airports in the world deserve the title ‘the best’? It is easy to define which one is the largest, the busiest, and the one with the biggest number of airlines, but being ‘the best’ sounds very subjective, so we decided to check what actual passengers have to say about this in order to present you top 50 best world’s airports for 2023.

We started tracking the opinions of real passengers four years ago, before the pandemic. It is interesting to see how the COVID years changed the ranking of the best airports in the world. While some suffered a huge decrease in the number of passengers, other airports easily recovered and returned to the numbers from the pre-COVID era.

All in all, we present you the updated list of the best airports in the world, as voted by travellers.

How did we do it?

Among different approaches to making the list of the world’s best airports, we decided to collect Google reviews and ratings of real customers as the main source of data to rank the airports. Our goal was to rank the airports according to the rating they had at the moment.

Data were collected within a week’s period, so the list includes:

  • Airports that handle 1 million or more passengers
  • Airports that have more than 10,000 Google Reviews

In case two (or more) airports have the same rating, we considered the number of reviews in relation to the number of passengers the airports handled in the last year. Therefore, an airport with a higher percentage of reviews in relation to its number of passengers is ranked higher.

For each qualified airport in the list, we’ve included an example of a review that describes it best. As a result of our analysis of the latest available data, here is a list of the top 50 best airports in the world for 2023.

Best airports in the world 50-41

50. Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Malaysia

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

The largest and busiest airport in Malaysia found its place close to the top of the best airports in the world. KLIA, as shortened, usually handles up to 60 million passengers, but still recovers from the years of the pandemic. There are two terminals, one of them designed by Kisho Kurokawa

Besides commenting on Malaysia Airlines, passengers complain about the lack of food options. Also, they have divided opinions when it comes to transportation from and within the airport.

“Very spacious, non-congested, clean and organized. Immigration has a fairly long line for foreign passports, but does not cause grave delay.”

Kuala Lumpur Airport
Kuala Lumpur Airport

49. Lima Airport (LIM), Peru

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Jorge Chavez International Airport, as fully named, is an airport serving the capital of Peru. The airport handles more than 20 million passengers but still recovers from the COVID years. Some of its numerous facilities include VIP lounges.

During the pandemic, passengers were mostly talking about the COVID protocols, some of them were satisfied, and some of them were not. Some complain about the crowds and queues, others consider it in order. 

“Good-sized airport with all of the amenities. I was processed quickly and seamlessly. Be aware when you leave the airport. Surrounding neighborhoods may be a bit sketchy.”

48. Santiago International Airport (SCL), Chile

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Santiago Airport is also known under the names Nuevo Pudahuel and Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. It serves the capital of Chile, handling more than 20 million passengers each year. It consists of two terminals, one for domestic and the other one for international flights.

Passengers are very satisfied with the signalization, while some complain about the staff working at the airport. Also, they have divided opinions and experiences with LATAM Airlines.

“Now with the expanding and replenishing it’s an excellent option for travel. Very well done!”

47. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), Russia

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Another Moscow airport found its place on our list of best airports in the world. Sheremetyevo A. S. Pushkin Airport is among the busiest airport in Europe. It comprises four terminals that handle around 50 million passengers each year. What’s more, a 7th terminal is scheduled for 2024.

Passengers have divided opinions about Aeroloft Airlines and its staff. However, they are satisfied with signalization and the capsule hotel for layovers.

“A modern huge airport. For me the most important characteristic featura are veeeery helpful staff THANKS to whom I was able to find my lost rucksack.”

Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

46. King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), Saudi Arabia

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

The international airport serving Jeddah is one of the busiest airports in Saudi Arabia. It usually handles around 40 million passengers through three terminals. One of them, The Hajj Terminal, was built for Muslim pilgrims who go to Mecca

Visitors of this airport often call it a masterpiece! Among numerous facilities, they mostly love the aquarium. Also, many passengers love the fact it has a Hajj section designated for pilgrims.

“A huge difference between the old and the new airport in term of easiness of checkin/out, very clean, organized and beautifully designed! 👏😍”

45. Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME), Russia

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Domodedovo Mikhail Lomonosov International Airport is one of four airports serving Moscow. A single terminal handles up to 30 million passengers. However, due to the current situation, a lot of airlines are not operating at the airport.

All in all, passengers seem to be very satisfied when it comes to queues but complain about them in the bathrooms. However, they consider the airport really easy to navigate. Also, they love the exhibition of retro cars ad motorcycles

“Spacious, clear guidance, no lines and no irritating waiting queues. Duty-free shops, eating and drinking venues are quite good and pretty reasonably priced.”

44. Mexico City Airport (MEX), Mexico

Rating: 4.3 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

The airport serving the capital of Mexico is the busiest airport in the country. Named after president Benito Juarez, the airport has two terminals that handle around 36 million passengers. However, the airport is restricted for further expansion.

Passengers mostly talk about airlines such as Aeromexico, Volaris and Viva Aerobus. Besides, many complain about the crowds.

“This airport was a delight to stay 8 hour in over night. It had easy access to everything like food, toilets, seating, and plugs for charging.”

43. Izmir Airport (ADB), Turkey

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: 31 (↓ 12)

Named after the former Turkish prime minister, İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport is an international airport serving the city of Izmir in Turkey. The airport is among the 5 busiest airports in Turkey with approximately 12 million passengers per year.

Passengers are satisfied with the airport in general, but they tend to discuss several downsides such as the cleanliness of the toilets and multiple security check procedures.

“Efficient passport control and fast luggage carousel facility – also loved the fact that Duty Free shop is located in arrivals hall as well as in Departures”

42. Porto Airport (OPO), Portugal

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: 48 (↑6)

Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport, as it is fully named, is an international airport serving the second-largest city in Portugal. It is among the 3 busiest airports in Portugal, with over 10 million passengers every year.

Passengers are mainly satisfied with the airport’s well-organized security and a great offer in duty-free shops.

“We didn’t expect the airport at Porto to be this big. Very modern facility, very organized, and clean. Finding our ways to our rental car was very easy. All in all a very good and pleasant experience.”

Porto Airport
Porto Airport

41. Dammam Airport (DMM), Saudi Arabia

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

The largest airport in the world is fully named King Fahd International Airport. Serving Dammam, it handles more than 10 million passengers on average. The airport has a Mosque and is surrounded by trees and plants.

Many passengers notice the development of the airport over the years. They also love the food options, especially Al-Baik.

“One of the best international airport in Saudi Arabia. Well maintained neat and clean The traffic and aircraft movements by numbers are low comparatively with other airports in Kingdom”

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40. Tijuana International Airport (TIJ), Mexico

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport, as fully named, is an airport located on the US border. Besides the main terminal, there is a Cross Border Xpress terminal on the US side. Both terminals handle approximately 9 million passengers.

Many passengers talk about Volaris having divided opinions. Also, many consider the airport safe.

“Very big! Great customer service! Many stores to shop and enjoy your food while you wait for plane!! The airport has CBX connected easier to get to USA!! Love it”

39. Zürich Airport (ZRH), Switzerland

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: 18 (↓ 21)

Zurich Airport, also known as Kloten Airport, is the largest among the airports in Switzerland, serving the city of Zurich and its canton. The airport has three terminals for both domestic and international flights. Regarding traffic, the airport handles over 30 million passengers per year.

Passengers are mainly praising the train connections and the airport is in most cases described as ‘well organized’ and ‘very efficient’.

“One of the best and the cleanest airports I have ever been. Kind and polite ground staff. Well organized procedures from the customs until the boarding gates. Pricey shops.”

Zurich Airport
Zurich Airport

38. Monterrey International Airport (MTY), Mexico

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: 29 (↓ 9)

Monterrey International Airport serves Monterrey, the capital of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. The airport has three terminals and around 10 million passengers handled per year which places it among the top 5 busiest airports in Mexico.

Passengers are mostly impressed with the airport’s fast security check. The main downside seems to be the staff’s lack of knowledge of languages.

“Nice cosy airport, many places to eat, have a dessert, coffee or eat, usually organized and with good seating, clean restrooms”

37. Salvador Bahia Airport (SSA), Brazil

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport was once known as Dois de Julho International Airport. It serves the Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia handling around 8 million passengers on average. The airport is located in a lush forest, 28 km from the city.

Passengers are satisfied with food options, especially snack bars. Many refer to the airline GOL. However, the owners are responding to most of the reviews.

“Very nice airport. Clean toilets, good variety of food (also healthy and organic food) and nice shops. The seating area is calm with wooden seating options and plenty of outlets to charge your phone.”

36. Sochi International Airport (AER), Russia

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

The airport in Sochi is one of the largest airports in Russia, Each year, it handles around 6 million passengers. In 2014, the airport has been extensively renovated due to the Winter Olympics.

Passengers have divided opinions about toilets. Many praise the garden but some have negative experiences with delays and signalization

“Small airport. Check out was fast within 10 minute. Small coffee shop on entrance. Buses n taxi out near parking”

Sochi Airport
Sochi Airport

35. Athens International Airport (ATH), Greece

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: 28 (↓ 7)

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is the main airport serving Athens, Greece. It is the largest among dozens of airports in Greece and among the 30 busiest in Europe with around 25 million passengers annually.

According to the passengers, the airport is well organized with smooth and efficient security check.

“A good airport. Signs are well marked. Easy to navigate to metro. Well organized. Clean. Lots of seating. Lots of shops and restaurants. Makes travelling so much less stressful”

34. Pulkovo Airport (LED), Russia

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

The airport serving Saint Petersburg consists of a single terminal which handles up to 19 million passengers a year. However, one of the largest airports in Russia currently suspended multiple flights due to war

Passengers mostly refer to queues and praise the toilets. They also like the food options.

“Nice business lounge with good selection of foods, snacks and beverages. Plenty of seats, there is a silent area. Convenient for business trip.”

33. São Paulo-Congonhas Airport (CGH), Brazil

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Congonhas–Deputado Freitas Nobre Airport is one of two airports serving Sao Paulo. It handles about 20 million passengers on average and is still recovering from COVID years. Located near the city, the airport is suitable for domestic flights.

Passengers love the airport structure and the multiple food options. Some criticize the boarding process.

“One of the busiest airports in the country. It’s clean, and well organized. It has got flights to almost every capital of Brazil.”

Congonhas Airport
Congonhas Airport

32. Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), Argentina

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

One of the three airports serving Buenos Aires is Jorge Newberry International Airport, also known as Aeroparque. It consists of a single terminal that handles about 12 million passengers. The airport is located within the city area, only 2 km from the centre.

Although divided in opinions about Aerolineas Argentinas, passengers consider the airport well-organized.

“It’s a small but clean and modern airport. Free wifi and a lot of options to eat and drink. There a great view of the city on the boarding area.”

31. Guadalajara International Airport (GDL), Mexico

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, as fully named, is an airport serving Guadalajara, the third-largest city in Mexico. It handles more than 12 million passengers with a dozen of airlines operating. 

Interestingly, a lot of passengers complain about mosquitos at the airport. However, looks like the passengers have a divided opinion about the signalisation and the airline Volaris.

“They’ve done so many upgrades and renovations, each year I come it keeps looking better and better.”

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30. Istanbul Airport (IST), Turkey

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

New on our list of best airports in the world is the relatively new Istanbul Airport. Despite the COVID years, the airport is already handling up to 50 million passengers a year. With only a single terminal at the moment, the airport offers an incredible amount of facilities.

The interior and the size of the airport impresses the passengers. They love the facilities and consider it very clean

“It is huge and well organised. Gates can be found easily. 1 hour free wifi is available by scanning passport. Mosque, terrace, kids zone, washroom etc. everything is up to the mark.”

Istanbul Airport
Istanbul Airport

29. Kolkata Airport (CCU), India

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: 23 (↓ 6)

Fully named Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata Airport serves the Kolkata (or Calcutta) metropolitan area of the Indian state of West Bengal. The airport is among the 5 busiest airports in India handling more than 20 million passengers per year.

Passengers seem to be very satisfied with the food court offer and the overall cleanliness of the airport. Many also admire the good infrastructure in general.

“The best airport I have ever seen. Very well maintained, nice and clean. Every facilities available in there. Every staff are cooperative and helping.”

28. São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport (GRU), Brazil

Rating: 4.4 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Guarulhos – Governor André Franco Montoro International Airport, as fully named, is one of two airports serving Sao Paulo. Locally known as Cumbica Airport, it handles up to 40 passengers a year with over 30 airlines operating. There are three terminals well connected to each other.

The structure of the airport impresses the passengers. Besides that, they often speak about airlines, especially GOL, LATAM and AZUL.

“Pristine quality airport. The comfort rooms are clean and automated. Food stalls are everywhere and even accept visa and mastercard.”

27. Manau International Airport (MAO), Brazil

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 39 (↑ 12)

Also known as Eduardo Gomes International Airport, the airport serves the Manaus metropolitan area in Brazil. It is among the 5 busiest airports in the country with around 3 million passengers per year.

Passengers usually have general compliments for this airport liking its infrastructure and facilities.

“Very good infrastructure. Neat and tidy with helpful officials.The processing time is minimal and the staff are helpful.”

Manau Airport
Manau Airport

26. Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), Texas, USA

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 36 (↑ 10)

Dallas Love Field Airport is an international airport serving Dallas in Texas, USA. With its main terminal and Legend terminal, the airport handles around 16 million passengers per year.

Most of the passengers are satisfied with the variety of restaurants and food options at restaurants. Security check is also mainly discussed and most passengers had a good experience.

“Quick to get through security, but they are thorough. everyone was very friendly, lots of decent food options in the terminal area”

25. Portland International Airport (PDX), Oregon, USA

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 19 (↓ 6)

Portland International Airport is the largest airport in the state of Oregon, in the USA, often referred to as PDX. With its two passenger terminals, the airport handles around 20 million passengers per year.

A good number of reviews points out the fast and efficient security. When it comes to interior, passengers are mostly impressed with the celebrity carpet and live music.

“My favorite airport ever. It has undergone major renovations. The carpet is the best. Easy to get in and out.”

24. Medan Airport (KNO), Indonesia

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 10 (↓ 15)

Kualanamu International Airport is among the 5 busiest airports in Indonesia, serving the city of Medan. The airport handles more than 12 million passengers per year. Consisting of one terminal, it hosts both domestic and international flights.

Reviewers often describe the airport as comfortable. The same applies for the check-in procedure and the airport’s design.

“Very nice airport. Train connection to town for 100k. Bus on the right when you exit.Enjoy because after you’ll not have this level of quality…”

23. Fortaleza International Airport (FOR), Brazil

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Pino Martinis Airport is a Brazilian airport that handles up to 6 million passengers a year. It serves the city of Fortaleza, being only 20 minutes away from the city centre. It offers a single terminal with plenty of services.

The organization and structure are the most satisfying features of the airport. Also, passengers praise the good management and the snack bar. The owners are doing their best to reply to all reviews. 

“The airport is comfortable and clean. Things have changed a lot due to covid19. But people are working to make it better.”

22. Porto Alegre Airport (POA), Brazil

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Salgado Filho Airport is an international airport serving the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state. With a single operating terminal, it handles about 8 million passengers (pre-COVID numbers). 

Passengers praise the airport for its good organization, structure and food options. On the other hand, the owners are trying to reply to all the reviews.

“I liked it alot. Small, fast, easy to navigate. All went very smoothly. Painless, like flying used to be, before you spent half your trip time just in the airport.”

21. Bali Airport (DPS), Indonesia

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 41 (↑ 20)

Ngurah Rai International Airport or simply Bali Airport serves the city of Denpasar in Indonesia. It is among the busiest airports in Indonesia with around 23 million passengers handled each year.

Immigration check is mostly discussed and most passengers seem to be satisfied with it. Besides that, they are impressed with the airport’s unique design and architecture.

“Always smiled when I landed here, beautiful tidy and cleanest airport in Indonesia.”

Bali Airport exterior
Bali Airport exterior

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20. Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU), Brazil

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Santos Dumont Airport is one of the three airports serving Rio de Janeiro. It handles around 7 million passengers a year with several airlines. The airport has a single terminal and is conveniently located near the city centre. 

What most passengers notice is how the airport is well-organized. Also, they love the shopping options and consider it convenient to get to and from. 

“Beautiful airport many stores to choose from you feel as if you are walking thru a shopping mall. Nice variety of food choices.”

Hong Kong Airport interior
Hong Kong Airport interior

19. Surabaya Airport (SUB), Indonesia

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 25 (↑ 6)

Juanda International Airport is among the 5 busiest airports in Indonesia, serving the city of Surabaya and Malang metropolitan area. It handles over 20 million passengers each year. The airport is often listed among the best airports in terms of service quality.

Many passengers praise the cleanliness and comfort of the airport and they seem to be satisfied with the ways of transportation to and from the airport.

“Great airport, every information can we get so easy about delayed etc. The atmosphere is good and the flowers are beautiful. The service is good.”

Surabaya Airport interior
Surabaya Airport interior

18. Kochi Airport (COK), India

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 22 (↑ 4)

Cochin International Airport serves the city of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala. It consists of three terminals and is fully solar-powered. The airport is the busiest one in the state of Kerala with around 10 million passengers per year.

As expected, the reviews show that passengers are delighted with the fact that the airport is fully solar powered and eco-friendly.

“The airport was very clean and well maintained. It was lovely to know that this airport is 100% powered by solar. Great initiative.”

17. Hyderabad Airport (HYD), India

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 25 (↑ 8)

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, also known as Hyderabad Airport, serves the city of Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. It is among the 10 busiest airports in India. Hyderabad Airport has one passenger terminal and hosts both domestic and international flights.

Reviewers are impressed with the airport’s great infrastructure and maintenance, often stating that the airport satisfies international standards. The airport company itself often replies to reviews, showing interest in each customer’s opinion.

“The whole process of boarding a plane was made hassle-free by the airport security staff and the quick checking procedures. The overall cleanliness is appreciable. There is a lot of e-bus available to access the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad”

16. Mumbai Airport (BOM), India

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 5 (↓ 11)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, or simply Mumbai Airport, is the busiest airport in India, along with Delhi Airport, handling around 50 million passengers per year. It serves the Mumbai Metropolitan Area and consists of two terminals.

Passengers seem to be most impressed with the airport’s interior and infrastructure. A good number of reviews that give 5 stars have similar extensive descriptions of the airport which kind of makes us question the relevance of the reviews.

“Classy airport… one of the best airports across countries visited… very vibrant, facilities, shops, support, frequency of flights everything is at its peak. Best!!”

15. Delhi Airport (DEL), India

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 11 (↓ 4)

Indira Gandhi International Airport, or simply Delhi Airport, is the busiest airport in India serving the city of New Delhi. With around 70 million passengers, it is among the 15 busiest airports in the world and among the 10 busiest in Asia. Currently, there are three passenger terminals with a plan for expansion in the future.

Most top-rated reviews are related to the airport’s infrastructure, as well as the impressive interior. Many passengers state the airport follows international standards.

“One of the best airports in the world. Lots of facilities and helpful staff. Security is well taken care of here along with the directions to different gates. Very well designed and ambiance is very classy.”

Delhi Airport interior
Delhi Airport interior

14. Muscat International Airport (MCT), Oman

Rating: 4.5 ★

Previous rank: 13 (↓ 1)

Formerly known as Seeb International Airport, Muscat International Airport serves Muscat, the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. The airport has undergone recent expansion, now consisting of two terminals, serving both domestic and international flights to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Passengers seem to be very impressed with the airport’s interior. Still, the WiFi seems to be a downside as passengers are not being satisfied with the procedure of getting the WiFi password.

“Brilliant airport. Well designed and maintained. Seamless design for human interaction with infrastructure. Staff always respectful and approachable. Remember to have all your necessary Visa documents filled out prior to going through immigration.”

13. Tampa International Airport (TPA), Florida, USA

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 32 (↑ 19)

Tampa International Airport is an airport serving Tampa Bay Area in Florida, USA. It is one of two airports in the country with flights to Cuba. The airport is among the 30 busiest airports in the USA with around 22 million passengers per year.

Passengers are very satisfied with the Security Department describing it as ‘professional’ and ‘organized’. Above all, passengers are impressed with the train connection to the car rental service and parking lots.

“Huge but incredibly easy to get around. Sometimes it feels like a compacted city because of amenities transportation. It is also clean”

12. Incheon International Airport (ICN), South Korea

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 6 (↓ 6)

Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, serving the capital city of Seoul. The airport is among the largest and busiest in the world, and it is often included at the top of the list of the best airports in the world. Also, according to the estimated time of departure and arrival, it is ranked among the fastest airports in the world.

Reviewers are mainly reflecting on immigration check with many great experiences.

“This airport is amazing. It’s calm and spacious and rarely a wait in any lines. It’s clean and functions as an airport should – fast and easy. Everyone I’ve talked to here has been kind and polite.”

Incheon Airport interior
Incheon Airport interior

11. Belo Horizonte Airport (CNF), Brazil

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: New on the list

Tancredo Neves International Airport is the main airport serving Belo Horizonte. Also known as Confins Airport, it handles around 10 million passengers a year.

Passengers love that the airport is organized and well-structured. They also love multiple food options and snack bars.

“Honestly that airport impressed me! Holy so many times I found there. And it’s pretty organized.”

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10. Medellin Airport (MDE), Colombia

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 14 (↑ 4)

José María Córdova International Airport, the second largest airport in Colombia is located in Rionegro. Also known as Medellin Airport, it handles above 8 million passengers per year. The airport hosts both domestic and international flights.

Passengers seem to have good impressions of airport’s cleanliness, especially the bathrooms.

“Clean, organized, good customer service, nice and warm people.”

9. Viracopos International Airport (VCP), Brazil

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 26 (↑ 16)

Viracopos/Campinas International Airport serves the municipality of Campinas in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It is among the busiest airports in Brazil with nearly 10 million passengers per year.

Passengers are satisfied with the airport’s cleanliness, organization and the variety of facilities, as well as with the overall great service.

“Very clean and everything is well marked. Security was way too get through and there are lots of food and drink options.”

8. Brasília International Airport (BSB), Brazil

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 45 (↑ 37)

Fully named Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport is the airport serving Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. It is the only airport serving the city with around 16 million passengers per year.

The airport is considered modern, well-maintained and very clean.

“Great modern architecture, small and quick queues for check ins. Enough shops for a small airport.“

7. Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 16 (↑ 9)

Hamad International Airport replaced the former Doha Airport in 2014. Therefore, it is the only airport serving Qatar, located in the capital city of Doha. The airport has one terminal with plans for further expansions.

Passengers are mostly satisfied with the airport’s offer for long layovers. Also, most of them love the airport’s interior and exterior.

“An airport and a museum. Beautiful works of art and installations are available to see in different places. Great variety of food and cafe options. Great gifts and duty free. Love the atmosphere.”

Hamad Airport in Qatar
Hamad Airport in Qatar

6. Dubai International Airport (DXB), United Arab Emirates

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 15 (↑ 9)

Dubai International Airport is among the 5 busiest airports in terms of the total number of passengers in the world with around 90 million passengers handled per year. The airport serves the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and it consists of 3 terminals. It covers a couple of hundred destinations, covering all six continents with more than 100 airlines.

Many reviews refer to the immigration check, usually stating it is a fast process. The airport resembles a shopping mall rather than an airport due to its many facilities and duty-free shops with which the passengers are very impressed.

“Dubai international airport is the most amazing airport. No matter if your flight is delayed, the duty free is so huge that one can easily pass time seeing around the things.”

Dubai Airport interior
Dubai Airport interior

5. Jakarta Airport (CGK), Indonesia

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 27 (↑ 22)

Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, SHIA or Soetta abbreviated, is an international airport serving the Jakarta metropolitan area on the island of Java, Indonesia. The airport is among the busiest airports in both Asia and the world with a number of passengers approaching 70 million each year.

Passengers are mostly discussing the airport’s toilets, they are satisfied with the overall cleanliness, as well as the design and architecture of the airport. Still, the airport’s air conditioning seems to be a problem. The immigration check seems to be fast and satisfying.

“Very clean, and well organized. Most labels are written in English, Chinese, Arabic and Indonesian languages. One of the most modern and comfortable Airports.”

4. Bogota Airport (BOG), Colombia

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: 17 (↑ 13)

El Dorado International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Colombia, serving the city of Bogota. Consisting of two terminals, it is among the 5 busiest airports in Latin America with more than 30 million passengers handled per year.

In most cases, the reviews are describing the airport’s great organization and comfort.

“Excellent airport, Such a nice and well organized airport. Plenty of taxis and bus services available at curbside. Many wonderful shops and restaurants throughout the airport facility.”

3. Bangalore Airport (BLR), India

Rating: 4.6 ★

Previous rank: same

Also known as Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore Airport is an international airport serving the city of Bangalore or Bengaluru, the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. It is among the busiest airports in India with more than 30 million passengers per year.

Passengers are mostly impressed with the airport’s infrastructure, the beautiful garden and cooperative staff.

“A beautiful and clean terminal. Very polite staff that are willing to help you out with your queries. Very good facilities in order to make sure that you enjoy your journey.”

Bangalore Airport
Bangalore Airport

2. Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB), Brazil

Rating: 4.7 ★

Previous rank: 9 (↑ 7)

Afonso Pena International Airport, also known as Curitiba Airport is an international airport serving the city of Curitiba, Brazil. The airport has one terminal and handles more than 6 million passengers per year.

Passengers describe the airport as organized and clean with kind staff and good food.

“Nice, cleanly airport that is easy to navigate. Their staff was kind enough to use a translator with me and find the singular employee that was fluent in English in order to answer my questions. Great experience!”

1. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), Singapore

Rating: 4.8 ★

Previous rank: same

Singapore Changi Airport, or simply Changi Airport, holds the title of ‘the world’s best airport’ for 2023, which is no surprise since it is number one on most airport rankings. It is an international airport located in Changi, the eastern end of Singapore, with four terminals and the fifth one being planned. Changi is among the 10 busiest airports in Asia and currently among the 20 busiest in the world with more than 65 million passengers handled per year.

The reviews are mostly about Changi Airport’s impressive interior and the large number of facilities where passengers can spend their time.

“The best airport I have seen so far. You can easily spend a day at the airport sightseeing. Great shopping great food. Entertainment deck. Theater. Garden. Transit hotels. You name it they have it.”

Singapore Changi Airport interior
Singapore Changi Airport interior

Best airports in Africa

Contrary to expectations, airports in Africa turned out to be a great surprise as many of them had a large number of reviews and fairly good ratings, especially compared to some European airports.

  • King Shaka International Airport (South Africa) – 4.4 ★
  • Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (Madeira) – 4.4 ★
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Kenya) – 4.3 ★
  • Kotoka International Airport (Accra) – 4.3 ★
  • Cape Town International Airport (South Africa) – 4.3 ★
  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam) – 4.3 ★
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) – 4.2 ★
  • Cairo International Airport (Egypt) – 4.1 ★
  • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (Mauritius) – 4.1 ★
  • Bole International Airport (Ethiopia) – 4 ★
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (Morocco) – 3.8 ★
  • Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Nigeria) – 3.7 ★
  • Borg El Arab Airport (Alexandria) – 3.6 ★
  • Houari Boumediene Airport (Algeria) – 3.6 ★
  • Hurghada International Airport (Egypt) – 3.5 ★
  • Mohammed V International Airport (Morocco – 3.5 ★
  • Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (Egypt) – 3.5 ★
  • Tunis Carthage Airport (Tunisia) – 3 ★

Best airports in Asia

In line with the expectations, Airports in Asia not only had the biggest number of reviews, but also the best ratings for 2023.

Therefore, these airports qualified for the top 50 in the greatest number, with Indonesian airports, Indian airports and airports in Japan as leading ones.

  • Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) – 4.8 ★
  • Kempegowda International Airport (India) – 4.6 ★
  • Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Indonesia) – 4.6 ★
  • Dubai International Airport (UAE) – 4.6 ★
  • Hamad International Airport (Qatar) – 4.6 ★
  • Incheon International Airport (S Korea) – 4.6 ★
  • Muscat Airport (Oman) – 4.5 ★
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (India) – 4.5 ★
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (India) – 4.5 ★
  • Hyderabad Airport (India) – 4.5 ★
  • Kochi Airport (India) – 4.5 ★
  • Juanda International Airport (Indonesia) – 4.5 ★
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport (Indonesia) – 4.5 ★
  • Kualanamu Airport (Indonesia) – 4.5 ★
  • Muharrah Airport (Bahrain) – 4.5 ★
  • Calcutta Airport (India) – 4.4 ★
  • Dammam Airport (Saudi Arabia) – 4.4 ★
  • Izmir Airport (Turkey) – 4.4 ★
  • Gimpo International Airport (S Korea) – 4.4 ★
  • Da Nang Airport (Vietnam) – 4.4 ★
  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (Saudi Arabia) – 4.3 ★
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Malaysia) – 4.3 ★
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand) – 4.3 ★
  • King Khalid International Airport (Saudi Arabia) – 4.3 ★
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (UAE) – 4.3 ★
  • Ahmedabad Airport (India) – 4.3 ★
  • Tokyo Haneda Airport (Japan) – 4.3 ★
  • Noi Bai International Airport (Vietnam) – 4.3 ★
  • Maros Regency Airport (Indonesia) – 4.3 ★
  • Jeju International Airport (S Korea) – 4.3 ★
  • Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (Taiwan) – 4.3 ★
  • Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong) – 4.3 ★
  • New Chitose Airport (Japan) – 4.3 ★
  • Ankara Airport (Turkey) – 4.3 ★
  • Kota Kinabalu Airport (Malaysia) – 4.3 ★
  • Madras Airport (India) – 4.2 ★
  • Sharjah Airport (UAE) – 4.2 ★
  • Narita International Airport (Japan) – 4.2 ★
  • Cebu Airport (Philippines) – 4.2 ★
  • Nagoya Airport (Japan) – 4.2 ★
  • Chiang Mai Airport (Thailand) – 4.2 ★
  • Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (Turkey) – 4.1 ★
  • Antalya Airport (Turkey) – 4.1 ★
  • Dhaka Airport (Bangladesh) – 4.1 ★
  • Ben Gurion Airport (Israel) – 4.1 ★
  • Don Mueang International Airport (Thailand) – 4.1 ★
  • Kansai International Airport (Japan) – 4.1 ★
  • Fukuoka Airport (Japan) – 4.1 ★
  • Osaka Airport (Japan) – 4.1 ★
  • Okinawa Airport (Japan) – 4.1 ★
  • Penang Airport (Malaysia) – 4.1 ★
  • Kuwait Airport (Kuwait) – 4 ★
  • Phuket Airport (Thailand) – 4 ★
  • Yangon Airport (Myanmar) – 4 ★
  • Kimhae Airport (S Korea) – 4 ★
  • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (China) – 4 ★

Best airports in Australia

Surprisingly, although there is a good number of airports in Australia, only 6 of them had a sufficient number of reviews to crack our list.

  • Adelaide Airport 4.2 ★
  • Brisbane Airport 4 ★
  • Melbourne Airport 3.8 ★
  • Gold Coast Airport 3.8 ★
  • Sydney Airport 3.7 ★
  • Perth Airport 3.6 ★

Best airports in Europe

Out of all the qualified European airports on the list, the most represented are Italian airports, closely followed by French airports, UK airports and airports in Spain.

On the other hand, airports in smaller countries which don’t have that many passengers were impressed with the number of reviews and managed to get on the list (e.g. Croatian airports).

  • Tallinn Airport (Estonia) – 4.6 ★
  • Kurumoch International Airport (Russia) – 4.5 ★
  • Istanbul Airport (Turkey) – 4.4 ★
  • Pulkovo Airport (Russia) – 4.4 ★
  • Athens International Airport (Greece) – 4.4 ★
  • Sochi International Airport (Russia) – 4.4 ★
  • Zürich Airport (Switzerland) – 4.4 ★
  • Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (Portugal) – 4.4 ★
  • Kiev Zhuliany International Airport (Ukraine) – 4.4 ★
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (The Netherlands) – 4.4 ★
  • Copernicus Airport Wrocław (Poland) – 4.4 ★
  • Madeira Airport Funchal (Portugal) – 4.4 ★
  • Ufa International Airport (Russia) – 4.4 ★
  • Platov International Airport (Russia) – 4.4 ★
  • Lviv International Airport (Ukraine) – 4.4 ★
  • Frankfurt am Main Airport (Germany) – 4.3 ★
  • Domodedovo International Airport (Russia) – 4.3 ★
  • Sheremetyevo International Airport (Russia) – 4.3 ★
  • Alicante International Airport (Spain) – 4.3 ★
  • Helsinki Vantaa Airport (Finland) – 4.3 ★
  • Riga International Airport (Latvia) – 4.3 ★
  • Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport (Poland) – 4.3 ★
  • Malta International Airport (Malta) – 4.3 ★
  • Chişinău International Airport (Moldova) – 4.3 ★
  • Nuremberg Airport (Germany) – 4.3 ★
  • Billund Airport (Denmark) – 4.3 ★
  • Munich Airport (Germany) – 4.2 ★
  • Palma De Mallorca Airport (Spain) – 4.2 ★
  • Boryspil International Airport (Ukraine) – 4.2 ★
  • Václav Havel Airport Prague (Czechia) – 4.2 ★
  • Gran Canaria Airport (Spain) – 4.2 ★
  • Vnukovo International Airport (Russia) – 4.2 ★
  • Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport (Greece) – 4.2 ★
  • Oslo Gardermoen Airport (Norway) – 4.2 ★
  • Vilnius International Airport (Lithuania) – 4.2 ★
  • Lanzarote Airport (Spain) – 4.2 ★
  • Fuerteventura Airport (Spain) – 4.2 ★
  • Luxembourg-Findel International Airport (Luxembourg) – 4.2 ★
  • Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport (Sweden) – 4.2 ★
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport (Germany) – 4.2 ★
  • Girona Airport (Spain) – 4.2 ★
  • Rome–Fiumicino International Airport (Italy) – 4.1 ★
  • Vienna International Airport (Austria) – 4.1 ★
  • Warsaw Chopin Airport (Poland) – 4.1 ★
  • Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (Denmark) – 4.1 ★
  • Milano Linate Airport (Italy) – 4.1 ★
  • Tenerife North Airport (Spain) – 4.1 ★
  • Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (Italy) – 4.1 ★
  • Ibiza Airport (Spain) – 4.1 ★
  • Zagreb Airport (Croatia) – 4.1 ★
  • Bilbao Airport (Spain) – 4.1 ★
  • Minsk National Airport (Belarus) – 4.1 ★
  • London City Airport (UK) – 4.1 ★
  • London Heathrow Airport (UK) – 4 ★
  • Barcelona–El Prat Airport (Spain) – 4 ★
  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spain) – 4 ★
  • Brussels Airport (Belgium) – 4 ★
  • Málaga Airport (Spain) – 4 ★
  • Tenerife South Airport (Spain) – 4 ★
  • Valencia Airport (Spain) – 4 ★
  • Stuttgart Airport (Germany) – 4 ★
  • Cagliari Elmas Airport (Italy) – 4 ★
  • Kraków John Paul II International Airport (Poland) – 4 ★
  • Glasgow International Airport (UK) – 4 ★
  • Bratislava Airport (Slovakia) – 4 ★

Best airports in North America

Despite the belief that American airports are among the top world airports, according to our data, only a few of them managed to enter our list of 50 best airports in 2022.

Moreover, the biggest known airports in the USA ended at the bottom of our list of best airports in North America.

  • Tampa International Airport (Tampa FL) – 4.6 ★
  • Indianapolis International Airport (Indianapolis IN) – 4.6 ★
  • John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport (Santa Ana CA) – 4.6 ★
  • Portland International Airport (Portland OR) – 4.5 ★
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (Dallas TX) – 4.5 ★
  • Ontario International Airport (Ontario) – 4.5 ★
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (Raleigh-Durham NC) – 4.4 ★
  • Sacramento International Airport (Sacramento CA) – 4.4 ★
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (Pittsburgh PA) – 4.4 ★
  • Norman Y Mineta International Airport (San Jose CA) – 4.4 ★
  • San Francisco International Airport (San Francisco CA) – 4.3 ★
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (Baltimore MD) – 4.3 ★
  • Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (Minneapolis MN) – 4.3 ★
  • San Diego International Airport (San Diego CA) – 4.3 ★
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (Detroit MI) – 4.3 ★
  • William P Hobby Airport (Houston TX) – 4.3 ★
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – 4.3 ★
  • John Glenn Columbus International Airport – 4.3 ★
  • Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta GA) – 4.2 ★
  • McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas NV) – 4.2 ★
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston TX) – 4.2 ★
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix AZ) – 4.2 ★
  • Vancouver International Airport (Vancouver BC) – 4.2 ★
  • Nashville International Airport (Nashville TN) – 4.2 ★
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin TX) – 4.2 ★
  • Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans LA) – 4.2 ★
  • Ronald Reagan National Airport (Washington DC) – 4.2 ★
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (San Juan) – 4.2 ★
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (Oakland CA) – 4.2 ★
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas/Fort Worth TX) 4.1 ★
  • Orlando International Airport (Orlando FL) – 4.1 ★
  • Denver International (Denver CO) – 4.1 ★
  • Seattle-Tacoma International (Seattle WA) – 4.1 ★
  • Hollywood International (Fort Lauderdale FL) – 4.1 ★
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (Salt Lake City UT) – 4.1 ★
  • General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (Boston MA) – 4.1 ★
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington DC) 4.1 ★
  • Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (Cleveland OH) – 4.1 ★
  • St Louis Lambert International Airport (St Louis MO) – 4.1 ★
  • Edmonton International Airport (Edmonton) – 4.1 ★
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport (Sanford) – 4.1 ★
  • San Antonio International Airport (San Antonio TX) – 4.1 ★
  • Miami International Airport (Miami FL) – 4 ★
  • John F Kennedy International Airport (New York NY) – 4 ★
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago IL) – 4 ★
  • Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (Charlotte NC) – 4 ★
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Montreal QC) – 4 ★
  • Calgary International Airport (Calgary AB) – 4 ★

Best airports in South America

Airports in South America ended up with a quite good number of reviews and high ratings. Brazilian airports are dominating the list with impressive 9 airports included in the top 50.

  • Santos Dumont Airport (Brazil) – 4.5 ★
  • Salgado Filho International Airport (Brazil) – 4.5 ★
  • Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (Brazil) – 4.5 ★
  • Manau International Airport (Brazil) – 4.5 ★
  • Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport (Brazil) – 4.5 ★
  • São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (Brazil) – 4.4 ★
  • Guadalajara International Airport (Mexico) – 4.4 ★
  • Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (Argentina) – 4.4 ★
  • São Paulo-Congonhas Airport (Brazil) – 4.4 ★
  • Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (Brazil) – 4.4 ★
  • Monterrey International Airport (Mexico) – 4.4 ★
  • Tijuana International Airport (Mexico) – 4.4 ★
  • Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (Colombia) – 4.4 ★
  • Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport (Brazil) – 4.4 ★
  • Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (Argentina) – 4.4 ★
  • Aeropuerto Internacional José Joaquín De Olmedo (Ecuador) – 4.4 ★
  • Mexico City (Mexico) – 4.3 ★
  • Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (Chile) – 4.3 ★
  • Jorge Chávez International Airport (Peru) – 4.3 ★
  • Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Argentina) – 4.3 ★
  • Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport (Brazil) – 4.3 ★
  • Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (Brazil) – 4.3 ★
  • Goiânia Airport (Brazil) – 4.3 ★
  • Val de Cans International Airport (Brazil) – 4.3 ★
  • Carriel Sur International Airport (Chile) – 4.3 ★
  • Cancún International Airport (Mexico) – 4.2 ★
  • Rafael Núñez International Airport (Colombia) – 4.2 ★
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (Argentina) – 4.2 ★
  • International Airport of Várzea Grand MT Marechal Rondon (Brazil) – 4.2 ★
  • El Tepual International Airport (chile) – 4.2 ★
  • Punta Cana International Airport (Dominican Rep) – 4.1 ★
  • Greater Natal International Airport (Brazil) – 4.1 ★
  • Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (Paraguay) – 4.1 ★
  • Tocumen International Airport (Panama) – 4 ★

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