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Danang and Noi Bai listed in top 30 best airports for a snooze in Asia
  • | | October 20, 2015 06:49 AM

Two of Vietnam’s international airports, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang, have been rated among the best 30 airports in Asia for dozing off while awaiting a flight, based on overall airport experience as determined by voters in the 2015 Airport Survey by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.

Noi Bai was ranked 28 on the list and was described by respondents as spacious, smart, airy, spotlessly clean and modern, based on upgraded infrastructure at the new Terminal 2.

 Passengers at Noi Bai International Airport

"There are always plenty of empty boarding gates -- particularly towards the ends of the terminal -- where one can lie down and take a nap on the numerous fairly comfortable bench seats," it says.

Da Nang International Aiport in the central region ranked 23rd in the list. Last year, Da Nang Airport was also selected among the top three best airports in the world by Hong Kong's Dragon Air, based on a survey of 96 airports world-wide.

This is a good news for Vietnamese aviation officials as last year the survey site listed Vietnam’s two biggest international airports, Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat in HCM City, as among the worst in Asia.

In last  year's survey, Noi Bai International Airport ranked fifth worst and was frequently described by the survey's respondents as being hot, chaotic and not especially clean.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (ranked eighth worst in 2014) was generally described as functional and reasonable with average facilities and inconsistent cleanliness.

Vietnamese airport authorities at the time dismissed the findings of the survey as failing to reflect accurately and objectively the services at both Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat.

While Noi Bai has improved its status on the site this year, Tan Son Nhat is still among the 10 worst airports in Asia, with complaints including bad wifi connection, unclean restrooms and limited restaurant choices.

The Top 30 Best Airports in Asia as voted by travellers in the 2015 Airport Survey for snoozing are:

1. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN)

2. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN)

3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan (HND)

4. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan (TPE)

5. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong (HKG)

6. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia (KUL)

7. Osaka Kansai International Airport, Japan (KIX)

8. New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, India (DEL)

9. Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, India (HYD)

10. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, India (BOM)

11. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (BKK)

12. Tokyo Narita International Airport, Japan (NRT)

13. Koh Samui Airport, Thailand (USM)

14. Trivandrum International Airport, India (TRV)

15. Cochin International Airport, India (COK)

16. Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport, Pakistan (LHE)

17. Bangalore Bengaluru International Airport, India (BLR)

18. Mactan–Cebu International Airport, Philippines (CEB)

19 Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, India (CCU)

10. Karachi Jinnah International Airport, Pakistan (KHI)

21. Iloilo International Airport, Philippines (ILO)

22. Kualanamu International Airport, Indonesia (KNO)

23. Da Nang International Airport, Vietnam (DAD)

24. Clark International Airport, Philippines (CRK)

25. Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Azerbaijan (GYD)

26. Surabaya Juanda International Airport, Indonesia (SUB)

27. Penang International Airport, Malaysia (PEN)

28. Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, Vietnam (HAN)

29. Beijing Capital International Airport, China (PEK)

30. Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Malaysia (BKI)

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