Don Mueang Airport flies high in world rankings

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Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok secured a top ten spot in the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Terminals ranking, as announced by Skytrax. Suvarnabhumi International Airport also improved, climbing ten places to secure 58th position in the World’s Best Airport ranking.

Skytrax, a renowned website for reviewing and ranking airports and airlines worldwide, conducted the rankings based on surveys and user reviews. Participants in the survey rated airports based on factors such as public transport availability, cleanliness, design, staff service, facilities, and overall experience.

Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin aims to elevate Thailand’s airports to be among the top 50 globally within a year and among the top 20 within five years.

The Director of the Airport of Thailand (AOT), Kirati Kitmanawat, reported the good news to the media yesterday, April 18, that Skytrax announced Don Mueang Airport scooped 10th place in the best budget airport ranking. Additionally, the ranking of Suvarnabhumi Airport also improved.

Kirati stated that Suvarnabhumi Airport had risen ten places to 58th place from 68th last year. According to Kirati, the recent introduction of Satellite 1 (SAT-1) was one of the factors improving the ranking.

The new passenger terminal received a four-star rating for its architecture, cleanliness, atmosphere, and facilities. SAT-1 boasts advanced technology and automated systems such as self-service check-in, bag drop, boarding gates, and passenger validation, contributing to its high rating.

Kirati said the four-star rate came from the technology and automated system that were available at the SAT-1 terminal. For example, the self-service check-in, self-service bag drop, self-boarding gate, and passenger validation system.

Kirati added that more staff were deployed at immigration and passport control counters to enhance efficiency and make the processes faster.

Interestingly, Hamad International Airport in Qatar managed to claim the best airport in the world this year, beating Singapore’s Changi Airport which previously secured the best airport for 12 years. Additionally, Hong Kong International Airport jumped from 32nd place last year to 11th this year.

The top ten best airports in the world include:

  1. Hamad International Airport in Qatar
  2. Changi Airport in Singapore
  3. Incheon International Airport South Korea
  4. Haneda Airport in Japan
  5. Narita International Airport in Japan
  6. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France
  7. Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates
  8. Munich Airport in Germany
  9. Zurich Airport in Switzerland
  10. Istanbul Airport in Turkey

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