Bangalore, Feb 17: It was just a year ago when India was plunged into shame when Forbes featured three of the country's airports in the world's worst five list. Things seem to have changed for the better now as one of the Indian airports has been featured on the world's best five.
The global airports body Airports Council International (ACI) on Tuesday, Feb 17 released the world's five best airports list, in which Hyderabad airport has claimed a spot.
India's Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International was one among the two newcomers and was placed in the fifth spot.
Seoul's Incheon airport has topped the 2009 list for the fifth time in a row while Singapore's Changi was voted second by travellers.
Hong Kong followed in on the third spot for the second time in a row, said ACI.
Beijing, which is the other newcomer on the list, claimed the fourth spot.
The newcomers sntached the spots from by Nagoya-Central Japan International and Canada's Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 2008 list.
The list released by the Geneva-based ACI is based on the assessment of travellers. The travellers are asked to fill out questionnaires and the body conducts this survey in a monthly basis.
While the voters are those who have passed through 100 leading world airports in over 45 countries, a total of 118 airports were involved in the survey.
This comes as a big relief to India, which has seen its airports featured only in the 'worst' lists. While a Forbes list released in Jan 2009 put Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport and Bengaluru International Airport in the world's worst airports when it came to arrivals and delays, a recent list said Indian and Chinese airports continue to be the worst in this regard.
The present ACI list is based on passenger services and satisfaction.