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Qatar loses 'World’s Best Airport' to Singapore, Turkey's Istanbul climbs to 6

Most Gulf Cooperation Council city airports went up in rank from last year's SKYTRAX’s World Airport Awards.
People take picture from a observation bridge of Rain Vortex as a train passes at Jewel Changi airport in Singapore on December 7, 2022. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

DUBAI — Singapore Changi Airport has reclaimed the top spot as the "World’s Best Airport" after two years of losing to Qatar’s Hamad International airport, according to a 2023 survey released this week. Istanbul International Airport (IST) ranked second in the region after Doha, while most Arab Gulf airports saw a rise in their ranking. 

IST jumped up from eighth to sixth place, according SKYTRAX’s World Airport Awards this year. Singapore Changi climbed two spots from last year to take the crown, while Doha’s Hamad International Airport is now in second place. The report did not elaborate on the factors behind the Doha airport's improved status. 

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