Beijing International Airport Ranks 5th by Skytrax. HUH?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:21
Posted in category The Big Picture

Being recognized as having the world’s best airport, or one of, is something that countries take seriously. for years, and likely for years to come, the main fight has been between Singapore an Hong Kong. both of which have amazing airports. Easy access to city, fast immigration, good food, shopping, stable wireless, and on time arrival/ takeoff.

All things that I personally find to be of importance, and for me make for a great airport.

So, when I saw Beijing Capital airport rank in 5th place and Shanghai Hongqiao at 19, I was left wondering. Seriously… Beijing at #5? Only one slot below HK? Hongqiao 40 places above Pudong?

Perhaps I am simply looking at this the wrong way. Perhaps I am being too critical.

Feel free to review the full list for yourself

The World’s Top 100 Airports

1
Singapore Changi Airport
2
2
Incheon International Airport
1
3
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
4
4
Hong Kong International Airport
3
5
Beijing Capital International Airport
5
6
Munich Airport
6
7
Zurich Airport
7
8
Vancouver International Airport
9
9
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
14
10
London Heathrow Airport
11
19
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
16
36
Denver International Airport
44
38
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
25
40
San Francisco International Airport
39
42
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
52
44
Haikou Meilan International Airport
64
59
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
32
98
Sanya Phoenix International Airport
91

 

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2 Responses to “Beijing International Airport Ranks 5th by Skytrax. HUH?”

  1. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    May 8th, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Actually I detest Beijing Capital airport, and the new Hongqiao is not much better. They are too vast and it takes hours to deplane and exit. Horrible places with no international media to buy anywhere because they censor the news. 
    Best airports I’ve been recently:
    Heathrow Terminal Five – compact, stylish, has everything you need and easy to get around,
    Helsinki – modern, chic and plenty of natural light
    San Diego – a lesson in how to make an airport work in the middle of a city
    Ulaan Baatar – small can be both beautiful and entertaining
    Delhi – huge improvement and the best way to run a terminal – getting you off the plane, through immigration, baggage collection and in a taxi in the minimum of time and fuss.
    – Chris

  2. Jess in Hawaii says:

    May 10th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Good to see Chris thriving and still around. I’d like to add to his comment about Beijing Capital Airport; it’s a passengers worst nightmare. “Biggest in the World” seemed to be the way in which the CPC wanted to promote China at the time. Norman Foster may have built an airport that moves people around efficiently, but the Chinese “soft” infrastructure they have (not) put in belies the design. It’s huge, and although that may just about be ok, it fails because inside Beijing Capital Airport is boring, uninspiring, bland and the services expensive.
    1) it is the only airport that requires your passport details to be recorded prior to using wifi
    2) there are very few ‘international’ publications on sale other than those produced by Chinese publishing houses
    3) it has just two lifts to take people from main arrivals to taxi. Not good when 747s or even larger have just arrived 
    4) the “foreigners” immigration desks on international flights are minimal, why can’t they look at the incoming flight passenger manifests and synchronize like Hong Kong or Singapore does
    5) the business class lounges are rubbish
    6) the aircon is sweaty in summer and cold in winter (can’t they afford the energy)
    7) public transport connections – especially taxis – are a joke. An hour wait for a cab at peak times when it’s already taken an hour just to get there. I’ve had longer stays just to get out of that airport and into Beijing CBD than the actual length of the original flight. 

    As for an international introduction to China it is a disaster. Chris is right. It is a horrible airport.