Who’s Got North America’s Best Airport? Survey Says …

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

12 million people voted.  And Vancouver’s own YVR Airport came out on top in North America.

The results of the 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards (the “Oscars” of the airport world) are out.  And for the fifth year in a row Vancouver International Airport was ranked the best in North America.  It also ranked 9th worldwide, sandwiched between Zurich Airport (8th) and London’s Heathrow Airport (10th).

 

For the awards, passengers from around the globe were asked to assess more than 400 airports based on 39 different criteria, from passenger experience and signage to amenities and friendliness.  The resulting rankings were based exclusively on these surveys, with no influence from sponsors or other factors.

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Who’s Got North America’s Best Airport? Survey Says …

Who Loves YVR? (Officially, the best airport in North America)

Earlier this spring, while we were all distracted with Royal Wedding fever and playoff hockey, a very special honour was quietly bestowed on our own hometown airport.   At the prestigious (and little known) World Airport Awards in Copenhagen, Vancouver International Airport (YVR, to us regulars) took home the prize for North America’s best airport.

Award organizers collected 11 million questionnaires from travelers around the world.  More than 240 airports were ranked on 39 different criteria, including accessibility, public transportation options, cleanliness, comfort, friendliness of staff, clarity of signage and other amenities.

And when the smoke cleared, YVR was North America’s best.

Now, if you’ve done any amount of flying, you probably know that the award is well deserved.  YVR might not be the biggest or glitziest airport out there.  But it does stand out for a lot of reasons.

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Who Loves YVR? (Officially, the best airport in North America)