America's Poor Showing On Secret List of World's Favorite Airports
Airports Council International, an industry trade organization, compiles what is known as ASQs, or airport quality data, and rarely shares the information with the general public, reports the UK paper.
The international table, which the Times published parts of yesterday, lets the aviation industry know how passengers really feel by ranking the world's 146 principal airports.
Asia had a strong showing. Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea, came in second and Hong Kong International was third. Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates was next, followed by Beijing Capital International in China.
The U.S. had just one airport in the top 10: Jackson-Evers International Airport in Mississippi, which took eighth place.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Pu Dong Shanghai, China, in sixth place; Gimpo International in Seoul in seventh place; Humberside Airport in the UK in ninth; and Kuala Lumpur International in 10th place.
Many of Europe's major airports seemed to do pretty poorly. The world's fourth busiest airport – London's Heathrow – placed 99th, with passengers complaining of long security lines and poor "ambience."
Dublin Airport ranked 98th and Frankfurt Airport in Germany placed at 126th. Even closer to the bottom was the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, listed at 137th. No word was given on which airport came in dead last. Luckily for the PR of that airport. There's just no way to spin that.
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