They're easy to get to, and easy to get around.
There are many factors travelers look for when picking and planning their next vacation, like the local cuisine and the number of museums. One that likely doesn’t come to mind, however, is airport infrastructure.
But it might be time to take connectivity into consideration.
More connected countries are usually cheaper to fly into and out of, but having good airport infrastructure also means less time spent waiting for flights.
In the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report, 136 countries are ranked on 14 pillars, giving an all-around picture of the best destinations for tourists, globally. One of the pillars on which countries are ranked is airport infrastructure.
The report looks at several indicators to determine which country does air travel best. The number of seats available on both international as well as domestic flights is multiplied by the number of kilometers that route takes, which yields a number for “available seat kilometers.” The number of aircraft takeoffs and the number of airlines operating in a country is also measured, both per capita. Lastly, the quality of airport infrastructure is ranked on a scale of one to seven.
Across the globe, it's easier than ever to get on a plane and wake up in another country. For travelers short on time and looking for an easy way to connect with the rest of the world, here are the 15 countries with the best airport infrastructure.