With demand for air travel in Europe growing at an impressive rate, the need for world-class airports is at an all-time high. Leading aviation reviewer Skytrax recently released the results of its annual World Airport Awards, which includes a list of the best in Europe.
The Skytrax annual rankings are based on the impressions of nearly 14 million fliers from 105 countries. More than 550 airports were included in the survey, which covers 39 service and performance parameters, including facility comfort, the location of bathrooms, and the language skills of the airport staff.
Yearly passengers: 10.3 million
Previous rank: 8
Why it's awesome: Located just 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Cologne, Germany, CGN is a major hub for the budget carrier Germanwings.
Skytrax reviewers praised the airport for its modern architecture and its clean and efficient terminal buildings.
Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2015, provided by Cologne Bonn Airport.
Yearly passengers: 16.2 million
Previous rank: N/A
Why it's awesome: Over the past few years, Hamburg Airport has developed into a regional power — serving as a major hub for a host of low-cost airlines including Eurowings, EasyJet, and Ryanair.
For 2017, Skytrax named Hamburg the best regional airport in Europe.
Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2016, provided by Hamburg Airport.
Yearly passengers: 22.8 million
Previous rank: 10
Why it's awesome: Located just 12 miles from the heart of Austria's capital and largest city, Skytrax reviewers praised the airport for its cleanliness, compact size, and speedy wi-fi connectivity.
Vienna International Airport's largest tenants include Austrian Airlines, NIKI, and Eurowings.
Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2015, provided by Vienna International Airport.