A recent airport ranking by Handelszeitung ranks airports around the world. 65 aviation experts looked at airport architecture, atmosphere, passenger flow, staff friendliness, relaxation, recreation, restaurant and shopping areas.
Geneva airport at rank 50 is far behind third-placed Zurich. Two asian airports, Singapore (first) and Hong Kong (second) take the top spots.
Changi Airport in Singapore offers free-to-access cinemas, an open-air pool, 120 restaurants, relaxation areas, spas and a butterfly garden with palm trees and flowers. In 2019, Singapore’s airport expects to open a new indoor park with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. The new area named Jewel is shown in the video below.
— Changi Airport (@ChangiAirport) June 7, 2017
Geneva airport is described as suffering from endless queues, long waits at security checks and a lack of capacity to cope with increases in demand. On the positive side it is praised for its proximity and good public transport links to the city. In the baggage claim area a machine dispenses free tickets valid for 80 minutes on all of Geneva’s public transport.
Zurich airport scores highly on stress avoidance, passenger flow, access to public transport and perfect cleanliness. At the same time it performs poorly on ways to pass time and its offering of restaurants and shopping. It is also described as having average wifi access, which is hard to access and limited to two hours.
The top twenty airports in 2017 were:
1. Singapore Changi
5. Tokyo Haneda
10. London Heathrow
14. Tokyo Narita