BRITISH COLUMBIA
03/27/2014 03:19 EDT | Updated 03/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Vancouver Airport Makes Top 10 List Of World's Best

Larry Goldstein/YVR

The Vancouver International Airport is the only North American hub to crack the top 10 global list of best airports, beating even London Heathrow.

For the second year in a row, Singapore's Changi Airport was voted the best airport in the world by air travellers, announced the World Airport Awards compiled by Skytrax on Thursday. That airport boasts a butterfly garden, Jacuzzi and napping areas at a rainforest lounge.

Vancouver came in ninth among international airports, and was also chosen as the best airport in North America for the fifth year in a row.

About 18 million passengers a year travel through YVR, which boasts an impressive collection of Pacific Northwest native art. The airport recently underwent a $1.4 billion expansion.

In individual categories, the Hong Kong International Airport topped the voting for best airport dining and best baggage delivery, while Heathrow won accolades for best airport shopping.

The World Airport Awards are based on 12.9 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities of air travellers, and included 410 airports worldwide. The survey evaluates customer satisfaction across 39 categories for airport service and amenities, including check-in, security, transfers, and immigration.

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