Winner: Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong airport offers some of the region’s best airport dining, but in truth it wins out thanks to the efficient security, speedy baggage handling and excellent special needs access.
‘From walking through the doors to walking into a lounge, my personal record is something like 12 minutes. That’s how to run an airport.’ –Adam White, group editor of Cathay’s inflight magazines, and part of our panel of travel experts
Changi Airport, Singapore
Changi is so much more than an airport, and its recent Jewel development adds even more – trampoline, hedge maze, kids’ park, giant waterfall – to an offering that includes rooftop pool, butterfly garden and cinema on top of outstanding efficiency.
Haneda Airport, Tokyo
With easy access to the city and an exceptional dining offering with outlets by some of Tokyo’s best eateries, Haneda is also one of the world’s cleanest airports and can boast near-perfect on-time performance.
Incheon International Airport, Seoul
Incheon focuses on safety and service, and the latter, in particular, sets it apart with free massage chairs, sleeping areas, kids’ play space, free city tours for long layovers, craft and entertainment areas, ice skating rink and more.
Narita International Airport, Tokyo
Easily accessible via express train to Tokyo, Narita also allows for trouble-free travel with NariCo, a voice-activated airport assistant app. There are also fantastic dining options and almost every flight arrives and departs on time.