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The surprising airport named the ‘world’s best’

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been named the “Best Airport in the World” at the renowned Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.

The airport in Doha, Qatar, climbed from third position in 2020 to lead the global ranking in 2021.

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Hamad International Airport. Credit: Canva

Changing needs

Skytrax praised Hamad International Airport for its ability to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“HIA understood the magnitude of the global health crisis, and accommodated changing traveller needs for increased sanitisation measures and contactless services by implementing advanced technological solutions,” Skytrax said.

The airport retrofitted its self-check-in, self-bag-drop and terminal elevators with touchless capabilities, implemented an automated facial detection system to ensure staff wore masks and introduced Smart Screening Helmets for contactless temperature measurement.  Hamad also created autonomous disinfectant robots and sent them into areas high passenger flow.

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Hamad International Airport. Credit: Canva

5-star safety

Qatar’s airport was the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to achieve a 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating by Skytrax in 2020.

In addition to winning the title of the best airport in the World, Hammad was also crowned “Best Airport in the Middle East”, “Best Airport 25 to 35 million Passengers”, “Best Airport Staff in the Middle East”, and “COVID-19 Airport Excellence”.

It’s good news as Qatar gears up to host the World Cup in 2022.

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Hamad International Airport. Credit: Canva

World’s best airports

According to Skytrax these are the World’s Top 10 Airports of 2021.

  1. Hamad International Airport
  2. Tokyo Haneda Airport
  3. Singapore Changi Airport
  4. Incheon International Airport
  5. Narita International Airport
  6. Munich Airport
  7. Zurich Airport
  8. London Heathrow Airport
  9. Kansai International Airport
  10. Hong Kong International Airport

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