Bengaluru Airport receives 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

  • The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru has been named Best Regional Airport in India and South Asia at the prestigious 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
  • Since its opening in 2023, KIA Terminal-2 has received numerous distinctions, including the UNESCO Prix Versailles World’s Most Beautiful Airport. 

About Skytrax World Airport Awards

  • Skytrax, a UK-based firm that specialises on airline and airport research, presents the Skytrax World Airport Awards on an annual basis since 1999.
    • Since then, it has established itself as a global authority in airline and airport research, with a reputation for extensive passenger surveys and significant awards.
    • These awards are widely regarded as the “Oscars of the aviation industry.”
    • There are other award categories, including Best Airport, Best Regional Airport, Best Airport Terminal, and Best Airport Staff. 

Evaluation criteria 

  • It include thorough assessments of check-in, arrival, transfer, shopping, security, immigration, and departure procedures.
  • During a seven-month survey period, airport consumers of over 100 nationalities from 550 airports around the world provided feedback for the assessment.

Winners of 2024 Awards

  • Doha’s Hamad International Airport has taken the top rank, dethroning Singapore Changi Airport, which had held the title for 12 years.
  • Hamad International Airport is acclaimed for its architectural significance and exquisite amenities, with an area comparable to 75 football fields.
  • Seoul Incheon Airport ranked third overall and was named the most family-friendly airport. 

Key Indian airports’ performance: 

  • Delhi Airport remains ranked 36th overall.
  • Mumbai Airport fell somewhat, from 84th to 95th place.
  • Bengaluru Airport improved significantly, rising 10 ranks to 59th place from 69th previous year.
  • Hyderabad Airport also improved, moving up to 61st place from 65th.
  • Goa’s Manohar International Airport finished 92nd in the overall rankings.

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