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Budapest airport named best in Central and Eastern Europe

Budapest, Hungary – If you’re still not sure whether to travel to Budapest or not, you can at least cross one worry off your list: you’re certain to have a smooth arrival, as Budapest’s international Airport has been named the best in Central and Eastern Europe for the sixth year in a row.

Ranking of the best airports in the world 2019

In the latest annual ranking released by Skytrax, Asian airports remain the best bet: Singapore’s Changi is crowned as the best airport in the planet – not really news though, it has been for the seventh year in a row now. Launched for the first time in 1999, the Skytrax survey and index are based on travelers’ experiences in airports in 160 countries around the world.

Singapore is followed by Tokyo’s Haneda (which won the award for the world’s cleanest airport), Seoul’s Incheon and Doha’s Hamad, with Hong Kong completing the top 5 (but named single best airport dining experience in the world, though).

What are the best airports in Europe?

Munich was named as the best airport in Europe (7th in the world), right ahead of London’s Heathrow (8th) and Zurich (10th) in Switzerland.

Other top performing airports in Europe include Amsterdam’s Schiphol, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Madrid, London Gatwick and Copenhagen.

Budapest crowned best airport in Central and Eastern Europe

Technically, the award for the Best Airport in Central Europe 2019 went to Munich, while Budapest scooped the Best Airport in Eastern Europe 2019. But given that we don’t really agree with Skyrax’s Central/Eastern Europe categorization, we’ll just say that the Hungarian capital’s airport has been crowned best airport in Central and Eastern Europe.

This is the sixth year in a row that Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International, which handles more than 13 million passengers per year, has been named best airport in the region. Worldwide, it ranks as the 89th best airport in the world, two spots ahead of Warsaw airport (91st worldwide). Prague’s Vaclav Havel airport (97th) in neighbouring Czech Republic also made it unto the top 100 list.

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