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These 8 Airports Are Some Of The Best in The World, According To a New Ranking 

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If you have traveled by air this summer, then you already know that this year is a record year for flying. Millions of passengers are taking to the skies and finally embarking on that vacation that has been put off for the past few years, and who can blame them?

However, more people flying means more people crammed into airports, and most travelers know that the airport experience can be the worst part of any trip. 

Haneda Airport in Japan

So, in order to determine the airports around the world which are the best at keeping people happy right now, the popular aviation crew website Cabin CrewHQ has determined the top spots based on many factors, such as on-time performance, shopper-friendly experience, economical value, availability of restaurants, and other factors.

These 8 Airports Are Some Of The Best in The World, According To

A New Ranking:

1. Tokyo International Haneda Airport (HND) 

As Japan's busiest airport, Haneda wins points over Tokyo’s other airport Narita, due in part to its nearby location to the city. Only 23 kilometers away from bustling Tokyo, Haneda is a beautifully designed space with loads of amenities, the inside replicating an old Japanese shopping street.

With over 150 dining options and 170 shops, spending time at Haneda is a pleasant experience. 

Scenery of Haneda Airport Terminal 2 tokyo (1)

2. Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 

As one of the world's busiest airports, Atlanta is constantly improving its amenities to help keep the nearly 100 million passengers that pass through it each year happy.

While the parking fees are high here, the high percentage of average on-time flights and many shops and restaurants help to keep travelers happy. 

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The colorful and fun underground Light Tunnel in the Atlanta airport, connecting Concourse A with Concourse B

3. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) 

This major U.S. hub is a busy place, serving almost 70 million people in 2022 alone.  O’Hare is much busier than Chicago’s smaller Midway Airpot and has quick links into the city and loads of dining and shopping to keep you busy while you wait for whatever far-flung destination you are connecting to. 

View of the colored electric neon tunnel The Sky Is the Limit at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

4. Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX)  

Mexico City’s main airport is located very close to the city, meaning if you don't hit too much traffic, getting into town can be a breeze. Once you've arrived, the airport itself has over 220 shops for you to pick up those last-minute souvenirs and almost 200 places to eat and drink while you wait. 

Terminal 1 of Mexico City airport (MEX) in Mexico

5. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Another U.S. airport that ranks as one of the world’s busiest, Dallas Fort Worth saw around 73 million travelers pass through its terminals last year alone. As a major hub for American Airlines, DFW serves as a main transit point for flights to Western Europe and destinations across the Pacific as well.

The airport does have a high parking fee, but the nearly 100 food and shopping options help to make up for that. 

dallas airport

6. George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH) 

Houston airport serves as a hub for United Airlines, and with five runways and a footprint of nearly 10,000 acres, it’s one of the country's biggest. Located just over 20 miles from downtown Houston, the airport keeps travelers happy with over 100 shops and restaurants and a high on-time rating for its flights as well. 

houston george bush airport

7. Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi  (DEL) 

Serving nearly 60 million travelers in 2022, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the world’s busiest. DEL is also the second busiest airport in the world when it comes to seating capacity, with nearly 4 million seats available.

Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi has also been classed as Asia’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, and its close location to the bustling city of New Delhi helps it win points as well. 

_Region of Delhi, India airport

8. Denver International Airport (DIA) 

With a relatively lower parking fee per day and a large number of shops and dining options, Denver Airport keeps travelers happy enough as they wait for their flights.

While the city might be notorious for a few bumpy landings and departures due to the surrounding mountains, the airport is a reliable choice for those coming to the area. 

DENVER, CO -10 APR 2021- Interior view of the Jeppesen Terminal with white tent roof at Denver International Airport, or DIA (DEN).

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Marc Panzer

Saturday 15th of July 2023

Whoever made this list has never been to many of these airports. I would put some of these on the worst list. Chicago has terrible food selection, is ridiculously overcrowded and is prone to delays. Mexico City airport is crumbling and unfortunately the President stopped the construction of the new airport, which easily could have been world class. Totally disagree!