The top 10 airports in Europe are…?

The Planegrazy blog has just posted the following list of the top 10 airports in Europe:

  1. London Heathrow Airport
  2. Frankfurt Airport
  3. Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
  4. Amsterdam Airport
  5. Gatwick Airport
  6. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
  7. Madrid Barajas Airport
  8. Paris Orly Airport
  9. Munich Airport
  10. Zurich Airport

Quick due diligence reveals that the above list of airports appears to be the top 10 busiest airports in Europe.

As for how European airports fair on a list of the best airports in the world, a list posted on OwnersDirect.co.uk has Helsinki-Vantaa Airport as #9, Zurich Airport as #8, Copenhagen Airport as #7 and Munich Airport as #6. However and according to Skytrax’s World Airport Awards 2011, the best airports in Europe are:

  1. Munich Airport
  2. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  3. Zurich Airport

What are the best airports in Europe for sleeping in? According to Sleeping in Airports’ 2011 Golden Pillow Award list of the best airports for a quick snooze (in case you are stranded or on a long-haul flight), Amsterdam ranked 5th followed by Munich while Zurich ranked 8th followed by Frankfurt.

Finally and what probably matters the most to business and general aviation pilots and passengers alike, Aviation International News’ (AIN) latest 2011 FBO rankings was filled with European FBOs in the top 10 slots:

  1. TAG Aviation – Farnborough (EGLF), Farnborough
  2. Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre – Hong Kong Intl., Hong Kong
  3. Harrods Aviation London – Luton (EGGW), London
  4. Signature Flight Support – Munchen (EDDM), Munich
  5. TAG Aviation – Geneva (LSGG), Geneva
  6. Jet Aviation – Dubai International (OMDB), Dubai
  7. Dassault Falcon Service – Le Bourget International (LFPB), Paris
  8. Jet Aviation – Geneva (LSGG), Geneva
  9. Universal Aviation – Le Bourget International (LFPB), Paris
  10. ExecuJet Switzerland /Aviation Ground Service – Zurich (LSZH), Zurich

In addition, AIN’s top 10 up and coming FBOs were also filled with European contenders:

  1. Mallorcair – Palma de Mallorca (LEPA), Palma de Mallorca
  2. Signature Flight Support – Dublin (EIDW), Dublin
  3. Gozen Air Services – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (LTFJ), Istanbul
  4. Jet Aviation – King Khaled International (OERK), Riyadh
  5. Abelair Aviation – Larnaca (LCLK), Larnaca
  6. JetEx Flight Support (formerly Flying Group) – Le Bourget International (LFPB), Paris
  7. Jet Aviation – King Abdul Aziz International (OEJN), Jeddah
  8. Fraport Executive Aviation – Frankfurt Main (EDDF), Frankfurt
  9. Signature Flight Support – Athens International (LGAV), Athens
  10. Gestair Girona – Barcelona (LEBL), Barcelona

In other words, opinion about what are the best airports in Europe can vary considerably. Hence, we want to ask you our readers what you think are the best airports and the best FBOs in Europe. Do you agree or disagree with the above findings?

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