Top 10 best awarded airports in Europe

What are the best airports in Europe?

In the past airports were places where people came together to catch a plane, nowadays airports are much more than that. Good and cheap parking possibilities, short queues, clear signage, and good facilities can have a hugh impact on how you feel. New airports are with few exceptions equipped more efficient than older airports. At smaller airports it takes less time to find the gate, but major airports have obviously much more extras to offer.

Generally speaking, airports are a good reflection of the country where they are located. In Germany it is easy to find your way because everything is well signposted, in contrast to some Eastern European countries. Fortunately, airports become are more pleasant place to be every year. The best airport in Europe is not easy to identify, although there are some independent organizations that award prizes. Below you can see the organizations and their lists.

Airport Service Quality Awards

Airport Council International (ACI) is the global trade representative of airports all around the world. It aims to represent the interests of airports and to promote cooperation. For the study about 600,000 passengers are interviewed each year at the airport shortly before boarding. They indicate to what extent they are satisfied with the services of the airport.

Europe – Top 3 2016:

  1. Sochi Airport
  2. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
  3. Dublin Airport, Malta Airport, Porto Airport, Zurich Airport.

Awarded: March 2017

World Airport Awards

Skytrax is a consultancy from the United Kingdom investigating the quality of airports and airlines in the world. It conducts research for the aviation industry and is best known to the public for its annual elections World Airport Awards and World Airline Awards. The World Airport Awards are based on more than 13 million survey questionnaires.

Europe – Top 10 2017:

  1. Munich Airport
  2. Zurich Airport
  3. London Heathrow Airport
  4. Frankfurt Airport
  5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  6. Copenhagen Airport
  7. Helsinki Vantaa Airport
  8. Vienna Airport
  9. Hamburg Airport
  10. Cologne Bonn Airport

Awarded: March 2017

World Travel Awards

The prestigious World Travel Awards are awarded on a global and continental level once a year. The nominees and final winners are chosen by travel agents worldwide. Since 2004, Zurich Airport is chosen as the best airport in Europe. The global winners are being announced on the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony (Grand Final) at the end of the year.

Best European Airport 2017:
Zurich Airport

Barcelona AirportHamburg Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Lisbon Airport, Munich AirportParis Charles de Gaulle Airport, Pristina Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Awarded: September 2017

Best Airport – Sleeping in Airports

An alternative list comes from Sleeping in Airports. They use airport reviews of their visitors and surveys wherein the four C’s are of main importance: Comfort, Conveniences, Cleanliness and Customer Service. Number 1 of the list is the airport where you can spend a long period of time in a pleasant way, for example if your flight is delayed.

Europe – Top 10 2017:

  1. Helsinki Airport
  2. Munich Airport
  3. Tallinn Airport
  4. Zurich Airport
  5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  6. Stockholm Arlanda Airport
  7. CopenhagenAirport
  8. Dublin Airport
  9. Porto Airport
  10. Vienna Airport

Awarded: October 2017

“Based on these results, Zurich Airport is the best airport in Europe. The largest airport in Switzerland is mentioned four times. The top 3 consists of Zurich Airport, Munich Airport (3x) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (3x). The rest of the top 10 is completed by Dublin Airport, Hamburg Airport, Helsinki Airport, Copenhagen Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Porto Airport and Vienna Airport (all 2x). “ offers free airport information through its own websites and partners. The use of this data is only permitted for non-commercial purposes, provided that the source is mentioned. Use for commercial purposes requires permission from, see the disclaimer.