Feb 222015

Ever wonder which airports are the cleanest in the world for business and leisure travel? Take a look at these beautiful international airports known best for their spectacular beauty and neatness among business and leisure travelers. Here are ten of the World’s Cleanest Airports of 2014.

When they ask us, what we like the best, they say, we all want wings.”

These world’s cleanest airports are truly why we love international voyage and travel, as one of the great ideas of western and eastern civilization.

After all the solemn and shocking news in recent months surrounding international commercial passenger air travel, let’s take a moment to just gaze at how neat, clean, and stunningly beautiful international travel can be, the moment we land into one of these architecturally well-designed airport destinations or arrivals.

These international airports are the architecture museums, structural engineering innovations, actual island resorts, new shopping malls, tanning and beauty salons, sports bars, movie theaters, recreation and fitness centers, finest restaurants and wineries, coffee houses, and duty-free bazaars and bonanzas of the world.

The World Airport Awards for 2014 by Skytrax are based on 12.85 million business and leisure air traveler nominations across 110 nationalities of air travelers, and included 410 airports worldwide.

Akin to David Letterman’s Top 10 Countdown, here we go:

#10 Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, Helsinki, Finland

In international passenger surveys on the quality of airport services, Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport has consistently ranked as the best in Europe and across the globe. Here’s a sample of this airport’s international awards:

2010: Best airport in the Northern Europe (Skytrax), Airport of the Year in Finland (Finavia), Best airport to make a connection (Monocle)
2011: Best lounge in the world (Priority Pass), Best airport in Europe to make a connection (Monocle)
2012: Best airport in social media (SimpliFlying)
2013: Best Airport in Northern Europe (Skytrax)
2014: Third best in the world in sleeping in airports (SleepingInAirports.com)

#9 Gimpo International Airport, Seoul, Republic of Korea

The history of Gimpo Airport started when the Japanese army built a landing strip at the present site in 1939. After Korean Independence from Japan in 1945, the United States Air Force employed Gimpo, allowing commercial airplanes to land in Seoul Korea on the Gimpo landing strips, according to the airport’s website.

When the Korean government was partly allowed to use this airport beginning in 1954. Gimpo airport was renamed Gimpo International Airport by Presidential Order in 1958. Gimpo Airport was upgraded into an international airport in 1971.

Gimpo International Airport has been the gateway to Seoul, Republic of Korea and nowadays it is giving new pleasures to business and leisure travelers enjoying what is known as “Sky City” in Seoul, as a place of culture, leisure and shopping.

#8 ファイル: Chubu Centrair International Airport, Tokyo, Japan

Chūbu is Japan’s third off-shore airport, after Nagasaki Airport and Kansai International Airport, and is also the second airport built in Japan on a man-made island. When the airport opened on February 17, 2005, it took over almost all of the existing Nagoya Airport (now Nagoya Airfield‘s) commercial flights, and relieved Tokyo and Kansai areas of cargo shipments.

As Airport Technology chronicles: Centrair, formally known as the Central Japan International Airport, was conceived and constructed as a new air gateway to the central region of Japan. The artificial airport island is located in the Aichi prefecture, about 170 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) won the Director General’s Roll of Excellence award from the Airport Council International (ACI). It also won Skytrax’s Best Regional Airport Asia Award 2011 and was ranked second in the Skytrax Best Airport Security Processing 2011. In 2010, it won ACI’s Airport Service Quality Award among airports handling over 5 million to 15 million passengers.

“The airport now serves a major population center of about ten million people and also a major industrial area; the airport also handles a significant quantity of commercial cargo from the area. Much of the cargo leaving Centrair consists of orders from automobile producers based in the region,” according to Airport Technology.

#7 描述 Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Japan

Kansai International Airport (Japanese: 関西国際空港 Kansai-kokusai-kūkō) is the main international airport of Japan’s Kansai region, including the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe.

Since September 1994, Kansai International Airport operates in the middle of Osaka Bay, literally an airport on an artificial island. Kansai is used by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines.

Lack of expansion room at Osaka and Narita international airports is why airport engineers and architects elected to build Kansai International Airport offshore.

According to Interesting Engineering, designer of Kansai International Airport is Renzo Piano, an Italian architect, who has been the innovator of the architectural designs of many impressive buildings around the world. Some of Piano’s most famous works, include Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Maison Hermes store in Ginza, and the Modern Wing in Chicago, which is an expansion of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kansai International Airport terminal was initiated in 1991 and completed in 1994, upon opening of the airport. “The overall cost of Kansai International Airport reached $20 milliard (or US$20 billion) between 1994 and 2008, mainly because of the island sinking, which was reduced from 50 cm in 1994 to 7 cm in 2008, probably because of reaching solid layers in the sea bed,” according to Interesting Engineering.

Upon the massive earthquake destruction of Kobe, Japan on January 17, 1995, killing 6,434 people, Kansai airport survived undamaged. Remarkably, Kansai survived once again three years later in 1998 a typhoon with wind speed as high as 200 kilometers per hour.

#6 上海紅橋机場 Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Hongqiao International Airport (Chinese: 上海虹桥国际机场) is the main domestic airport serving Shanghai, with limited international flights.

Hongqiao Airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines.

By the end of 2011, Hongqiao Airport hosted 22 airlines, serving 82 scheduled passenger destinations, sources Wikipedia.

In 2014, Hongqiao Airport handled 37,960,200 passengers, a growth of 21.3 percent over 2010, making it the 4th busiest airport in mainland China and the 21st busiest in the world. The airport was also mainland China’s 5th busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic, and the 7th busiest by traffic movements.

#5 Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, Lantau Island, People’s Republic of China

Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island is a state-of-the-art structure designed by the acclaimed British architect Lord Norman Foster.

According to Discover Hong Kong, “this awesome state-of-the-art structure completed in 1998 was voted one of the “Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century” by the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association.”

“Uncluttered spaces and lots of natural light are what make this an impressive entrance way to Asia’s world city. It also remains one of the world’s largest and most popular airports, and has been recognized as the world’s best airport over 40 times.”

The terminals contain extensive facilities for shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment. Remarkably, Hong Kong’s airport has a nine-hole golf course, a 4-D movie projection screen, and plenty of Asia’s best shopping, according to Forbes.

“Located within five hours flying time from half the world’s population, the airport has two runways and two terminals that serve around 100 airlines from all over the world,” Discover Hong Kong adds. “In addition to connecting to 160 destinations by air, the airport easily connects to over 100 cities and towns in Mainland China via road and sea transport.

#4 成田国際空港 Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Narita, Japan

Tokyo has two airports, serving Japan’s capital, but it operates the majority of international routes in and out of the country. Narita International Airport (Japanese: 成田国際空港 Narita Kokusai Kūkō), handles mostly international air traffic and is the arrival point of a majority of foreign visitors. The more centrally located Haneda Airport, handles mostly domestic air traffic but also several international flights.

The airport’s website describes Narita Airport, formerly also known as New Tokyo International Airport, is located in the city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture, about 60 kilometers outside of Tokyo. It consists of two terminal buildings, terminal 1 and terminal 2, with each airline being assigned to one of the two terminals. On April 8, 2015, terminal 3 will be opened for use by low-budget airlines. It will be connected with terminal 2 by a pedestrian walkway and shuttle buses.

According to Wikipedia: Narita handles the majority of international passenger traffic to and from Tokyo and Japan, and is also a major connecting point for air traffic between Asia and the Americas. It is the second-busiest passenger airport in Japan, busiest air freight hub in Japan, and tenth-busiest air freight hub in the world. It serves as the main international hub of Japan’s flag carrier Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and low-cost carriers Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air. It also serves as an Asian hub for Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

#3 Singapore’s Changi International Airport, Changi, Singapore

Singapore’s Changi International Airport, or simply Changi Airport, is the main airport in Singapore. A major aviation hub in Southeast Asia, about 17 kilometer (11 mile) north-east from the commercial center in Changi.

The airport, operated by the Changi Airport Group, is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, AirAsia, Scoot, Tigerair, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jett8 Airlines, and Valuair, according the airport’s website.

Singapore’s Changi International Airport has won over 470 awards since 1981, including 30 ‘Best Airport‘ awards in 2013.

#2 인천국제공항 Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Korea

Incheon International Airport (Korean: 인천국제공항, sometimes referred to as Seoul-Incheon International Airport) is the largest airport in South Korea. Known as “the most beautiful airport in the world,” Incheon International Airport is the primary aviation hub serving the Seoul Capital Area, and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.

According to Wikipedia: “Located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Seoul, the capital and the largest city of South Korea, Incheon International Airport is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, and Polar Air Cargo. The airport serves as a hub for international civilian air transportation and cargo traffic in East Asia.

“Incheon International Airport is also currently Asia’s eighth busiest airport in terms of passengers, the world’s fourth busiest airport by cargo traffic, and the world’s ninth busiest airport in terms of international passengers in 2013. In that year, 40,785,953 international passengers [traveled through] the airport.”

#1 東京国際空港 Tokyo or 羽田空港 Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo International Airport (Japanese: 東京国際空港 Tōkyō Kokusai Kūkō), commonly known as Haneda Airport (Japanese: 羽田空港 Haneda Kūkō) or Tokyo Haneda Airport, is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area, and is the primary base of Japan‘s two major domestic airlines, Japan Airlines (Terminal 1) and All Nippon Airways (Terminal 2), as well as low-cost carriers Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Solaseed Air, and StarFlyer, sources Wikipedia.

Haneda International Airport and Marketplace is the operations hub for 5 major airlines namely Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines and Skynet Asia airways. It is located in Ota, Tokyo, and 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) south of Tokyo Station, the heart of Tokyo’s transport system.

Its original primary role was to serve the Tokyo region and handle almost all domestic flights. It now shares that role with Narita International Airport, which handles most international flights.

Haneda International Airport handled 68,906,636 passengers in 2013. By measure of passenger throughput, Haneda is the second busiest airport in Asia and the fourth busiest in the world, after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital Airport (Asia’s busiest) and London Heathrow Airport.

Haneda International Airport, the third largest air cargo hub in Japan, and Narita International Airport combine to make Tokyo the third busiest city airport hub in the world, after London and New York City.

ForbesTraveller.com recognized Haneda International Airport the most punctual airport in the world for two years in a row in December 2009, with 94.3% of its flights departing on time and 88.6% arriving on time.

Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport is named winner of the most prestigious Award as the “World’s Cleanest Airport of 2014,” voted for by 12.85 million business and leisure travelers from 110 countries, and top-ranking 410 international airports in the 2014 World Airport Survey.

Science, freedom, beauty, adventure: What more could you ask of life? Aviation combined all the elements I loved. … I began to feel that I lived on a higher plane than the skeptics of the ground; one that was richer because of its very association with the element of danger they dreaded, because it was freer of that earth to which they were bound. In flying I tasted the wine of the gods of which they could know nothing. …” — Charles A. Lindbergh (Jr.), American Aviator (1953)


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