The readers of Travel + Leisure have once again voted on their favourite international airlines and airports for 2024. This year favourited Asian and Middle Eastern carries as the readers top contenders when looking at comfort, hospitality and delicious food while onboard.

Not surprising, Singapore Airlines has once again been named the winner, for their excellent service, food on board and each aircrafts cleanliness. The top 5 also includes French boutique airline La Compagnie, Emirates, All Nippon Airways, and Qatar Airways. It was not only the inflight experience that mattered to voters, the business class lounges also made an impact on people’s opinions, the Qatar Doha Al Mourjan Lounge a favourite.

singapore airlines business class
singapore airlines business class

On ground experience is also important when it comes to the overall airport experience, again most of the best airports are either Asian or Middle Eastern. Many of these airports are new and feature logical paths, beautiful architectural designs and plenty of facilities.

Istanbul Airport was voted the top for 2024, taking the crown away from Singapore Changi Airport which is still a crowd favourite coming in a very close second. While the Istanbul Airport is yet to be completed it still makes its mark on passengers with easy navigation, friendliness of employees. One reader said “It’s like a huge shopping mall with many different restaurants and a variety of cuisines that you can choose from.” We recently visited the Istanbul Airport and the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge which offers everything from tasty desserts and refreshing drinks, to a golf simulator and a spanning view of Istanbul airport.

Top 10 International Airlines

  • Singapore Airlines
  • La Compagnie
  • Emirates
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Qatar Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Japan Airlines
  • Thai Airways International
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air

Top 10 Airports

  • Istanbul Airport
  • Singapore Changi Airport
  • Hamad International Airport
  • Dubai International Airport
  • Incheon International Airport
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport
  • Haneda (Tokyo) International Airport
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport: Mumbai, India
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Osaka International Airport

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