Munich Airport is yet again basking in the glow of a prestigious award after being voted Europe's Best Airport once more in 2016. The Bavarian hub's renewed success as the top European candidate in the World Airport Awards was announced by the respected London-based aviation research institute Skytrax. This marked the ninth time in 11 years that Munich has earned the number one ranking. Munich Airport also came out on top in the regional competition, beating out all rivals for the title "Best Airport in Central Europe".
Singapore Changi successfully defended its title as the world's best airport, followed by Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea. With the number three position, Munich Airport also secured a podium placing in the worldwide table. "Ranking among the very best and being rated as one of the world's top three airports is an enormous honor for Munich Airport that we greatly appreciate," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of FMG, the airport's operating company.
At yesterday's special ceremony on the occasion of "Passenger Terminal EXPO 2016" in Cologne, Edward Plaisted, the CEO of Skytrax, had special praise for Munich Airport's outstanding results in the ratings for the friendliness and competence of airport staff, the amenities and the pleasant atmosphere at Munich Airport. He also singled out Terminal 2, the Hotel Hilton Munich Airport and the excellent "VIP Wing" for special mention. For this year's survey, Skytrax collected responses from more than 13 million passengers from 106 countries to arrive at ratings for 550 airports.
In his comments on receiving the award, Kerkloh said, "It is simply wonderful that our passengers have given us these excellent scores. First and foremost, the award recognizes the outstanding work of the entire airport family who are committed every day to ensuring that passengers have a very pleasant experience at Munich Airport. We are proud of our airport and the staff here whose hard work ensures that our airport is so greatly admired around the world."