Taoyuan int'l airport ranked ninth best in Asia
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport（桃園機場） was picked by travelers as Asia's ninth best international airport in 2012, while Singapore's Changi Airport (樟宜機場) landed in the top spot with overall ratings out of five of 3.38 and 4.37 respectively, according to a survey.
August 16, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Singapore-based hotel booking service Agoda on Thursday released the results of the survey about flyers' perceptions of international airports in Asian capitals.
For the survey, Agoda chose 15 major Asian capitals: Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Vientiane and Yangon. Travelers to these airports were asked to give it an overall rating on a scale of one (poor) to five (excellent). The survey was based on over 11,000 responses.
Ninth spot was claimed by the Taoyuan airport, which handled 28 million passengers in 2012.
First opened in 1979 with a single terminal, the airport opened a second terminal in 2000 and a third is set to be completed by 2018, bringing total capacity up to 43 million passengers a year. In 2012, the airport handled over 1.5 million tons of freight, according to Agoda.
Singapore's Changi Airport came in first, with an overall rating of 4.37. In 2012 Changi handled 51 million passengers.
Hong Kong International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport filled 2nd and 8th spots respectively.
Hong Kong International Airport, with a rating of 4.13, usually places very high on any ranking list. In 2012 the airport handled 56 million passengers, and currently employs over 65,000 workers, according to Agoda's survey.
Beijing Capital Airport handled a staggering 82 million passengers in 2012, second only to Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2004, the airport began construction on the gargantuan Terminal 3, now the fifth largest building in the world in terms of floor area — 1.3 million square meters, to prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games.