Lately I learnt that Hamad Worldwide Airport in Doha, Qatar was once more topped the World’s Finest Airport by Skytrax.
It’s the second 12 months in a row that the airport has been given the best gong by the UK-based consultancy that runs the evaluate and rating website for the airport and airline industries.
I’ve by no means been to Doha so I can’t judge the choice. Let me know if in case you have by sharing your expertise within the remark part beneath.
Flying continues to be an event for many individuals, so anticipate to see some get-ups that may blow your thoughts
Judging by its web site, Skytrax takes these awards – all 25 of them that vary from Covid-19 Airport Excellence to World’s Cleanest Airport to even Finest Low-Value Terminal (is there one?) – fairly significantly.
They define their methodology, which frequently tends to swirl about in thick gray murkiness when rankings like this are introduced throughout industries, particularly when cash and sponsorships are concerned.
However to Skytrax’s credit score, they are saying no cash modifications arms within the course of – third social gathering sponsors aren’t even concerned, so overlook the chilly calls.
Allegedly over 500 airports around the globe are featured within the survey outcomes with all entries screened in order that duplicated or ineligible votes are deleted.
Their info web page additionally contains among the survey matters, that are fairly in depth. I gained’t embrace all of them right here, however there are issues like the usual of airport web site info, public transport choices, availability of bags trolleys, immigration workers perspective, and even phone and fax areas.
Fax? Oh, that’s proper, Japan is included on this.
Within the evaluate of Hamad Worldwide Airport that I learn, and which impressed this piece, the creator formulated his personal (a lot shorter) standards: The Arrival, The Look, Test-In, Safety, Meals & Drink, Retail Remedy, and Passing Time.
Then on the finish, he provides The Verdict and charges it out of 5.
So it bought me considering.
How would Saigon (Tan Son Nhat) Airport stack up below this scrutiny?
I haven’t flown internationally but, however I’ve taken a number of home flights since Vietnam has eased journey restrictions. Let me know within the feedback beneath how your expertise has been flying internationally into or out of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis this 12 months.
Up to now, I’ve flown from Hue and Hanoi for work, so with some trepidation tinged with nervous pleasure, I’ve determined to evaluate Tan Son Nhat Home Airport.
In case you’re a Low cost Charlie like me, then as a rule you’re flying finances, except another person is paying for it. In line with a report again in 2020, Vietjet Air, Vietnam’s first privately-owned low-cost airline carried 42.6% of passengers. In the meantime, Vietnam’s nationwide flag service, Vietnam Airways, fully-owned by the federal government, carried simply 36.7% in 2019. However don’t anticipate any particular therapy in case you’ve flown low-cost into Saigon. Arrival often means getting parked out by the previous war-era hangars, then herded onto a bus earlier than being given a circuitous tour of the sweltering scorching tarmac and workshops with plane in items – not the best sight. It additionally comes with views of languid safety guards tucking into their lunch. And if that anxiety-riddled expertise isn’t sufficient, get pleasure from sharing the luggage carousel with the three different flights that simply got here in behind you.
Tan Son Nhat Airport was constructed a long time in the past and fairly frankly, it appears prefer it. Because the Vietnamese have embraced taking to the skies with extra inexpensive tickets and airways to select from, the airport is packed most days, particularly when these early morning red-eye flights are scheduled. In July, it was reported that airways had already flown nearly 21 million home passengers, a rise of 12% over the identical interval in 2019, and it’s doubtless most of them handed by way of Tan Son Nhat. This provides you an concept of how home journey goes in the mean time, a reminder to not fly throughout summer time holidays – like I did. On the drop-zone out entrance, it’s mayhem as typical as taxis double, generally triple park, and as soon as inside, your guess is pretty much as good as mine as to the place to check-in. Deliver on 2025 and the brand new airport.
In sporting parlance, you’re solely pretty much as good as your final sport, they are saying. If I had been to make use of that criterion to evaluate the check-in course of at Tan Son Nhat, then I’d should say it’s superb. The explanation why is as a result of I used the Vietnam Airways automated check-in machines final time I flew. There was a younger girl in attendance to assist out, she was wonderful and in addition took care of my check-in baggage. Other than some machines being out of order, the method was clean and earlier than lengthy I had my boarding go in-hand and was on my manner upstairs to safety carrying a snide grin from ear-to-ear as I handed the throngs lining as much as check-in the ye olde manner. Why are folks so reluctant to make use of the automated check-in machines? Let me know within the feedback part beneath.
Sadly the safety queue on the home airport is the place that snide little smirk is wiped utterly off my face. Though the “line-up” has been configured for the higher in recent times, the sheer quantity of individuals coming by way of to get scanned is such that wait instances are lengthy and private area is at a premium. Having stated that, they handle to pump folks out the opposite facet with little fuss and even fewer pleasantries, however hey, we’re in search of effectivity right here. If solely they might give us extra space to gather our issues on the opposite facet and someplace comfy with slightly extra privateness so my bum crack isn’t revealed to all after I put my footwear again on.
Meals & Drink
Vietnam is a rustic whose coronary heart and soul is constructed on meals and drinks. Whereas exterior the gates in the actual world, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis is a foodie’s paradise, contained in the gates, you’re trapped with overpriced espresso and bánh mì that tastes like sawdust. The upside is there’s a Burger King within the low-cost “lounge” with an automatic ordering system and supply individual carrying a backpack who seeks you out and involves you together with your order. Aside from that, there aren’t many different choices, so gasoline up earlier than you get wherever close to the airport. In the meantime, sit again, get pleasure from your “meal” and rely what number of instances your flight has been delayed. Thanks for flying with us.
None that I observed final time spherical, however there are some outlets within the home terminal, I imagine, simply ready to alleviate you of your hard-earned when you end up in a type of determined conditions.
As a lot as we pan social media and the web, they’re a godsend at this airport, which affords free wifi and is definitely fairly good, though you have to log again in each half-hour or so. There are additionally charging areas the place you’ll be able to plug in and cost your units whilst you wait. If for no matter cause your battery dies and also you’re unable to recharge it, you’ll be able to all the time go the time marveling on the fashions getting spherical. To a sure extent, flying continues to be an event for many individuals and their households, so anticipate to see some get-ups that may blow your thoughts, from the Aussie yobbo in singlet, shorts and thongs (flip-flops) from the 80s to grandma in her pyjamas to uncle along with his helmet nonetheless on his head to quick leopard print after-five put on paired with excessive heels and one thing fluffy on them leaving a path of…effectively…fluff, behind. It’s an eye-opener, particularly at 6am within the morning.
As you’ll be able to see, Tan Son Nhat Home Airport isn’t fairly Hamad Worldwide, voted the most effective airport on this planet by Skytrax this 12 months. There are many issues to dread right here from the second you alight the taxi to the second you step up off the tarmac and start your ascent of the aluminium staircase to the aircraft door. However, if I had been to take the glass half-full strategy, I’d argue there are many long-lasting genuine experiences available right here in your vacation. In spite of everything, genuine experiences is likely one of the hottest journey traits for this 12 months.
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