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These are the top 5 airports flying high in 2021

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The ratings are in and according to aviation enthusiasts, the following airports have surpassed the mark with flying colours.

HIA passenger terminal and carpark

The results on the world’s best airports are in and to the surprise of many, they’re not what we expected. 

Singapore’s Changi Airport, renowned for its hustle and bustle of international cargo and passenger traffic, and beautiful interior designs, took the top spot for eight years in a row.

But this year, the South East Asian airport has been dethroned in an unforeseen twist. 

1st Place: Doha Hamad Airport

HIA passenger terminal at sunset

Ranking first in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards is Doha Hamad, also known as Qatari Hub. 

Doha Hamad swapped places with Changi this year, after placing third in the 2020 report. 

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, Chief Operating Officer at Hamad International Airport (HIA), says the airport is honoured to be crowned the World’s Best Airport of 2021.

“This is a truly remarkable achievement for HIA and the State of Qatar, and an endorsement from our travellers for our commitment to service excellence,” Al-Meer says.

“As we look towards the future, HIA remains devoted to boosting our efforts in providing the best airport experience to all our passengers.”

The Qatari Hub also won the titles of Best Airport in the Middle East, the World’s Best Airport in the 25 to 35 million Passenger category, and the Best Airport Staff in the Middle East

2nd Place: Tokyo Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport Terminals

Holding position in second place for another year is Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. 

It’s one of the Japanese capital’s two major airports and is home to Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways. 

More recently, the Japanese airport saw the arrival and departure of several athletes for 2020s Tokyo Olympic games.

Haneda Airport tarmac at night

In a newly introduced category, Tokyo Haneda Airport was awarded a 5-star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating.

This award follows their success in meeting very high standards of hygiene and safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus during their preparation for the Olympics. 

Qatar’s airport also received the same award in 2020, being the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to receive the 5-star rating.

3rd Place: Singapore Changi Airport

Changi Jewel

Despite falling two places from the top, Singapore’s Changi Airport still finds itself in the top five.

This year, the eight-time winner was named the World’s Best Airport in the 10 to 15 million Passenger category and took the awards for the World’s Best Airport Staff and the Best Airport Staff in Asia.

Changi terminals

While it may come to the disappointment of fans who regularly praise the airport for it’s ease, quality food and beverage options and overall comfort, Changi still sits high in third place as one of the most beautiful airports in the world. 

4th Place: Seoul Incheon Airport

Seoul Incheon Airport

Sitting comfortably in fourth place is Incheon International Airport in South Korea. 

One of the largest and busiest airports in the world, Incheon International seems like something from Futurama

The airport thrives off delivering the ultimate experience for their passengers, providing plenty of space to relax, unwind and to get lost in Seoul’s culture.

5th Place: Tokyo Narita Airport

Narita Airport Terminal 1

Tokyo is fortunate enough to see both of it’s airports placed in the top 5 with Tokyo Narita International Airport earning a spot this year. 

Having placed seventh in 2020, the airport located in the capital’s east advanced two steps higher to make it to fifth place. 

While they may have not received the 5-star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating like their Haneda counterpart, Narita International Airport is applauded for their high health and hygiene standards and continuous efforts to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 

Narita Airport shopping strip

Results for the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards are obtained from the Annual Airport Customer Survey for the Passenger’s Choice Awards with data collected between August 2020 and July 2021.

Travellers are to vote for their favourite or best airport experiences, with many taking the COVID-19 pandemic into consideration this year.

For the full list of the World’s Top 100 Airports for 2021 and more airline awards, head to Skytrax’s website.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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How the man training A-listers has built a fitness empire

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He’s the Australian personal trainer who helped Rebel Wilson shred more than 30 kilos of her weight

He’s the coach keeping The Voice judge Rita Ora looking trim and lean, as well as the entrepreneur pioneering the fitness industry in Sydney, Australia.

Jono Castano is working his magic skills on Sir Richard Branson, so what next for the renowned trainer as he takes on the world?

Watch Jono live on-air with ticker’s Holly Stearnes to discuss his success, training the stars, business moves and fitness advice as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Your next rental car could be a Tesla, following a major deal with Hertz

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Tesla is driving at full speed, with the EV giant striking a major deal with rental car agent, Hertz

Elon Musk owned, Tesla has officially crossed a $1 trillion stock market valuation for the first time in its operating history…and it follows a major order from global rental car agency, Hertz

Hertz plans to order 100,000 new EVs for its fleet.

It is the biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz, and a deal that has reinforced the electric car leader’s ambitions to top the entire auto industry in sales over the next decade.

But for Tesla and its investors, Hertz’s decision to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022 showed electric vehicles are no longer a niche product, but will dominate the mass car market in the near future.

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Tesla also appeared on Monday to be making progress resolving regulatory problems that threatened its business in China

The company stated that it had opened a new data and research center in Shanghai to comply with government requirements that data collected from vehicles within China, stay in the country.

Tesla now faces the daunting day-to-day challenge of becoming a high-volume automaker growing at a rate not seen since the early 1900s…when demand exploded for Henry Ford’s Model T.

Tesla is also trying to manage an order backlog for its vehicles as it continues to deal with extended supply chain disruptions. 

Investors and analysts, for now, are looking past the near-term challenges, with the latest deal struck between Tesla and Hertz set to only create more hype around its share price.

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Crown Resorts to keep Melbourne casino license

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After being entangled within a corruption scandal, Crown Resorts is set to retain its Melbourne casino license

The Victorian Royal Commission found the resort’s conduct to be “disgraceful” but the final report recommends that Crown Melbourne to receive a two-year grace period.

This is so the company can be under the control of a “special manager” that can rectify an “alarming catalogue of the wrongdoing”, addressing the money laundering that Crown was allegedly involved in.

After this period, the special manager will determine whether they are satisfied with the company and whether they should retain its Victorian casino license.

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