Flying high for all the right reasons

Do you have a favorite airport? More than half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers piped up about theirs, and the 2023 Readers Choice Awards include their top 10 international airports worldwide.

As employee wellbeing becomes an integral part of employee mobility, these top-notch airports offer not only smooth travel experiences but also amenities that allow passengers to rest and recharge along the way.

Spas, nap pods, access to nature, fitness facilities, VIP lounges, children’s entertainment areas, and robotic assistants reduce the stress of travel. These amenities are in addition to simple things like clean and comfortable terminals as well as excellent shopping and dining options.

Flyers are also increasingly aware of air travel’s enormous impact on the environment. Many airports have sustainability goals. Automation, alternative energy sources, and a commitment to innovation help the best airports operate at high levels of efficiency.

More than 550 airports worldwide have earned Airport Carbon Accreditation through a certification program launched by ACI Europe and adopted around the globe. Seven levels of accreditation range from Mapping (Level 1) to Net Zero (Level 5).

Here are Condé Nast readers’ top 10 airports, along with their carbon certification levels:

#1 Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Level 3 (Optimization)

#2 Istanbul Airport (IST) 
Level 4 (Transformation)

#3 Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Level 4 (Transformation)

#4 Hamad International Airport, Doha Qatar (DOH)
Level 3 (Optimization)

#5 Zurich Airport(ZRH)
Level 4 (Transformation)

#6 Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) 
Level 4 (Transformation)

#7 Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)

#8 Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Level 3 (Optimization)

#9 Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Level 4+ (Transition)

#10 Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) 
Level 4+(Transition)

Costs and sustainability awareness have made managers more focused on every travel decision, while employees seek an excellent experience. Find more information on all of these airports – and hundreds of others – in our country reports under Get Ready to Go/Airport Transportation.

Written by Ellen Harris, GMS, Product Manager, Content Group