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Stress-free Travel: The Most Convenient European Capital Airports

Flying might make the world seem smaller but travelling by plane still comes with its stresses. A customer-friendly airport can offer great relief for travellers, especially when airports are readily equipped to make the waiting time between flights as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

To find out which airports in European capitals are the most convenient, we examined a range of factors that define comfort and convenience. The final result is a ranking of the Most Convenient Airports in Europe.

International
Airport
Final Score
1 Adolfo Suárez Madrid–
Barajas Airport (MAD)
100.00
2 Leonardo Da Vinci–
Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
93.40
3 Amsterdam Airport
Schiphol (AMS)
90.40
4 Copenhagen Airport
Kastrup (CPH)
87.00
5 Sheremetyevo
Int. Airport (SVO)
85.70
6 Helsinki
Airport (HEL)
84.00
7 Heathrow
Airport (LHR)
78.70
8 Lisbon
Airport (LIS)
75.10
9 Vaclav Havel
Airport Prague (PRG)
74.30
10 Berlin Brandenburg
Airport (BER)
69.8

Complete ranking

International
Airport
Final Score
11 Vienna International
Airport (VIE)
68.70
12 Brussels
Airport (BRU)
66.00
13 Charles de
Gaulle Airport (CDG)
65.90
14 Athens International
Airport (ATH)
64.30
15 Dublin
Airport (DUB)
61.10
16 Stockholm Arlanda
Airport (ARN)
59.70
17 Riga International
Airport (RIX)
58.90
18 Budapest Ferenc Liszt
Int. Airport (BUD)
55.50
19 Warsaw Chopin
Airport (WAW)
54.20
20 Oslo Airport,
Gardermoen (OSL)
47.40
21 Heydar Aliyev
Int. Airport (GYD)
45.30
22 Sofia
Airport (SOF)
45.00
23 Malta International
Airport (MLA)
42.30
24 Ankara Esenboğa
Airport (ESB)
40.90
25 Keflavík International
Airport (KEF)
35.70
26 Minsk National
Airport (MSQ)
35.20
27 Henri Coandă
Int. Airport (OTP)
29.00
28 Zvartnots International
Airport (EVN)
2.10
29 Podgorica
Airport (TGD)
0.80
30 Zagreb
Airport (ZAG)
0.00

Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) ranks as the best airport in Europe, with all of the examined facilities and a wide range of shops and restaurants. Passengers travelling through Madrid have 133 shops and 54 restaurants to choose from. In addition, few flight cancellations and above average flight punctuality make Barajas the most customer-friendly airport in Europe. London Heathrow ranks seventh place overall, but first place for facilities, with 20 lounges across the terminals. The main airports in Rome (FCO), Amsterdam (AMS), Copenhagen (CPH) and Moscow (SVO) also score high. Copenhagen is the best in terms of connectivity, with three different public transportation options covering the five-mile distance between the city’s central train station and the airport. Copenhagen Airport is also the best in terms of punctuality, with 96 percent of flights landing and taking off on schedule. Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport is the best in terms of culinary options, with 79 gastronomic facilities.

How Omio compiled the rankings

This study analysed the main airports across 30 European capital cities for 17 factors that ensure a customer-friendly and enjoyable experience. The distance and the number of public transport options connecting the airport to the city centre determined the airport’s connectivity score. Showers, hotels, smoking areas, rest and relaxation areas, airport lounges, public charging stations and pharmacies were evaluated to determine the quality and abundance of facilities. The number of shops, restaurants and bars was also examined to evaluate entertainment options during long waiting times. Finally, an analysis of stress-causing factors, including flight cancellations and delays, the number of daily air passengers, traffic congestion, and the average price of a taxi, also contributed to the final ranking of the most convenient European capital airports. Full methodology can be found here.

 

The most convenient airports for a stress-free trip


The Barajas Airport is not only optimally located and well-connected to Madrid city centre, but the terminals offer everything its 160,000 daily passengers could wish for in terms of facilities.


No other airport offers such a variety of shopping options as the Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino in Rome. In fact, travellers can choose from over 140 different shops during their time there.


Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is one of the most reliable airports in Europe, with 79% of all departures and arrivals being on time.

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Major Airports in the UK

Flights in the UK form a major part of the air traffic network in Europe, so unsurprisingly the UK is home to some of its largest and busiest airports. London, in particular, is a major world aviation hub with a total of 6 international airports which, collectively, handle hundreds of millions of passengers each year. Of these, London Heathrow remains the country’s busiest airport by a long way, handling over 70 million international passengers annually. In fact, altogether, more than half of flight passengers in the UK travel via London's airports - other than Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, London Luton also makes the top 5 and London City makes the top 20. Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh Airport are the busiest airports outside London. With the rise of travel search sites and flight comparison tools, travelling between them has never been easier.

International Airports in London

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world and is the busiest airport in Europe. At the moment, Heathrow has 2 runways and 5 terminals and is located in the west of London in Hillingdon, still within the M25 motorway ring. A massive amount of destinations and countries can be reached, both short-haul and trans-continental. It is the main hub for British Airways and the operating base of Virgin Atlantic, who offer transcontinental flights. The busiest routes within Europe from the airport are between Dublin (London - Dublin is one of the busiest routes in the world), Frankfurt and Amsterdam, with each of these seeing nearly 1.5 million passengers in a year.

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London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is a base for flag-carrier airline British Airways, as well as a number of low-cost airlines including easyJet and Flybe. The majority of its busiest routes are to destinations in Spain, as well as major cities around Europe including Dublin, Amsterdam and Geneva. Gatwick’s dedicated train station connects passengers to Victoria Station by the Gatwick Express service. Gatwick is home to Europe's busiest single-use runway and is the leading airport in Europe for point-to-point flights. As such it forms a key point in the network of low-cost carriers in Europe. Gatwick is about 30 miles to the south of central London, although it can be easily reached by public transport, including the Gatwick Express service from London Victoria station.

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London Stansted Airport

London Stansted is the fourth-busiest airport in the country, behind Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester, with roughly 20 million passengers passing through its gates each year. It is the largest base in the UK for budget carrier Ryanair, which serves over 100 destinations from the airport. Stansted is approximately 30 miles to the northeast of central London, within the county of Essex. The Stansted Express train service travels directly from London to the airport in under an hour - booking well in advanced is advised.

International Airports in the Rest of the United Kingdom

The UK isn't entirely compiled of London; some of the busiest airports in Britain are outside the capital - a good 6 or 7 of them also among Europe's 100 busiest.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh airport is the busiest airport in Scotland and the 5th busiest in the UK, with over 10 million passengers travelling through it each year. It is located about 6 miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. Over 40 airlines, among them Jet2 and Norwegian Air, serve Edinburgh Airport, flying to over 140 destinations worldwide. The airport can be easily reached from the centre of Edinburgh via the light-rail tram link service which, since 2014, runs directly to the airport terminal.

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Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is the main operating base for flybe, as well as being a significant base for other major airlines offering cheap flights, such as Monarch and Ryanair. The airport has its own station - Birmingham International Station - which is served by trains on the West Coast Mainline between London and Birmingham.

Manchester Airport

The largest and busiest airport outside of London, Manchester Airport has flights to more than 220 different places, making it the airport in the UK that serves the most destinations. The airport has 3 terminals and 2 runways - the only one apart from London Heathrow to operate more than a single runway. Located just shy of 9 miles from Manchester city centre, the airport is well connected to the M56 motorway as well as to the public transport network, making it a viable option for not just people in the Manchester area, but from the entire North of England. Destinations in Spain such as Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante are particularly popular from Manchester Airport. Domestic routes are also particularly busy, including those to London Heathrow, flights to Belfast and flights to Aberdeen. The airport has over 50 airlines operating a global network of flights, among them are Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook Airlines, easyJet, Monarch and Ryanair.

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Adnan Menderes Airport ADB

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Antalya Airport AYT

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Arvidsjaur AJR

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Astypalaia JTY

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Dalaman Airport DLM

Deauville DOL

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George Best Belfast City Airport BHD

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Jackson–Evers International Airport JAN

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M

Maastricht Aachen Airport MST

Madeira Airport FNC

Madrid Barajas Airport MAD

Malaga Airport AGP

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Manchester Airport MAN

Manila MNL

Mardin MQM

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Merzifon MZH

Mexico City MEX

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Milos MLO

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Mo I Rana MQN

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Montpellier MPL

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Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport SVO

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Mosjoen MJF

Munich Airport MUC

Mus MSR

Mykonos Island National Airport JMK

Mytilene International Airport MJT

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Paderborn PAD

Palanga International Airport PLQ

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Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI

Pamplona PNA

Pantelleria PNL

Paphos International Airport PFO

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Parma PMF

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Phuket HKT

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Pisa International Airport PSA

Plovdiv Airport PDV

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Ponta Delgada Airport PDL

Porto Airport OPO

Porto Santo Airport PXO

Poznan Lawica Airport POZ

Prague Vaclav Havel Airport PRG

Pula Airport PUY

S

Saarbrücken SCN

Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport LED

Salzburg Airport SZG

Samos International Airport SMI

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San Francisco International Airport SFO

San Sebastian EAS

Sandane SDN

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Sarajevo International Airport SJJ

Scilly Isles ISC

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Shannon Airport SNN

Simferopol International Airport SIP

Singapore SIN

Sitia JSH

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Skiathos Island National Airport JSI

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Sofia Airport SOF

Sogndal SOG

Sonderborg SGD

Sorkjosen SOJ

Southampton Airport SOU

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Stavanger Airport SVG

Stockholm Arlanda Airport ARN

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Stokmarknes SKN

Stord SRP

Stornoway SYY

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Vaasa Airport VAA

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B

Bangkok BKK

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Barcelona El Prat Airport BCN

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Bari Palese Airport BRI

Barra BRR

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Batman BAL

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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport BEG

Benbecula BEB

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Bergerac Roumaniere Airport EGC

Berlevag BVG

Berlin Brandenburg Airport BER

Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport BZR

Biarritz Airport BIQ

Bilbao BIO

Billund Airport BLL

Birmingham International Airport BHX

Bodo Airport BOO

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East Midlands Airport EMA

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Elazig EZS

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Erzurum ERZ

Esbjerg EBJ

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg BSL

Evenes EVE

Exeter International Airport EXT

H

Halmstad HAD

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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ATL

Hasvik HAA

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Helsingborg AGH

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Heringsdorf HDF

Ho Chi Minh City SGN

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Honningsvag HVG

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Humberside HUY

K

Kahramanmaras KCM

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Karpathos Island National Airport AOK

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Karup KRP

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Kastoria KSO

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Kittila Airport KTT

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Kozani KZI

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Kuala Lumpur KUL

Kuopio Airport KUO

Kuusamo Airport KAO

Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport IEV

Københavns Lufthavn CPH

N

Namsos OSY

Nantes Atlantique Airport NTE

Naples International Airport NAP

Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport NAV

Newark Liberty International Airport EWR

Newcastle Airport NCL

Newquay Cornwall Airport NQY

Nice Cote d'Azur Airport NCE

Nimes Garons Airport FNI

Norwich International Airport NWI

Nuremberg Albrecht Dürer Airport NUE

Q

Quimper UIP

T

Taipei TPE

Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport TLL

Tampere Pirkkala Airport TMP

Tel Aviv TLV

Tenerife North Airport TFN

Tenerife South Airport TFS

Terceira Airport TER

Thessaloniki International Airport SKG

Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza TIA

Tokyo Narita NRT

Toronto YYZ

Toulouse Blagnac Airport TLS

Tours Val de Loire Airport TUF

Trabzon Airport TZX

Trapani Airport TPS

Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport TRS

Tromso Airport TOS

Trondheim Airport TRD

Turin Caselle Airport TRN

Turin Cuneo Airport CUF

Turku Airport TKU

W

Warsaw Chopin Airport WAW

Warsaw Modlin Airport WMI

Westerland GWT

C

Caen CFR

Cagliari Airport CAG

Campbeltown CAL

Can Cun CUN

Carcassonne Salvaza Airport CCF

Cardiff Airport CWL

Castres DCM

Catania Fontanarossa Airport CTA

Cebu CEB

Chania International Airport CHQ

Chiang Mai CNX

Chios Island National Airport JKH

City of Derry Airport LDY

Clermont-Ferrand CFE

Cologne/Bonn Airport CGN

Cork Airport ORK

Crotone CRV

F

Faro Airport FAO

Figari Sud Corse Airport FSC

Florence Peretola Airport FLR

Floro FRO

Forde FDE

Forli FRL

Fort Lauderdale International Airport FLL

Frankfurt Hahn Airport HHN

Frankfurt am Main Airport FRA

Friedrichshafen Airport FDH

Fuerteventura Airport FUE

I

Ibiza Airport IBZ

Innsbruck Airport INN

Inverness Airport INV

Ioannina IOA

Ireland West Airport Knock NOC

Isafjordur IFJ

Islay ILY

Istanbul Airport IST

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport SAW

Ivalo IVL

L

La Palma Airport SPC

La Rochelle Ile de Re Airport LRH

Lakselv LKL

Lamezia Terme Airport SUF

Lampedusa LMP

Langenhagen Airport HAJ

Lanzarote Airport ACE

Lappeenranta Airport LPP

Larnaca International Airport LCA

Las Vegas McCarran International LAS

Le Puy LPY

Leeds Bradford International Airport LBA

Leipzig/Halle Airport LEJ

Leknes LKN

Lemnos LXS

Leon LEN

Leros LRS

Lerwick LSI

Liege Airport LGG

Lille Airport LIL

Lima LIM

Limoges Bellegarde Airport LIG

Linköping LPI

Linz Airport LNZ

Lisbon Portela Airport LIS

Liverpool John Lennon Airport LPL

Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport LJU

Lleida Alguaire Airport ILD

Lodz Wladyslaw Reymont Airport LCJ

London City Airport LCY

London Gatwick Airport LGW

London Heathrow Airport LHR

London Luton Airport LTN

London Southend Airport SEN

London Stansted Airport STN

Lorient LRT

Los Angeles International Airport LAX

Lourdes/Tarbes LDE

Lubeck Airport LBC

Lublin Airport LUZ

Lulea Airport LLA

Luxembourg Airport LUX

Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport LWO

Lycksele LYC

Lyon Saint Exupery Airport LYS

O

O'Hare International Airport ORD

Odessa International Airport ODS

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport OLB

Orland OLA

Orlando International Airport MCO

Osaka Kansai KIX

Osijek Airport OSI

Oslo Airport Gardermoen OSL

Ostend Bruges International Airport OST

Oulu Airport OUL

R

Reggio Calabria REG

Rennes RNS

Reus Airport REU

Reykjavik Airport RKV

Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport KEF

Rhodes International Airport RHO

Riga International Airport RIX

Rijeka Airport RJK

Rome Ciampino Airport CIA

Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport FCO

Ronne RNN

Ronneby RNB

Roros RRS

Rotterdam The Hague Airport RTM

Rovaniemi Airport RVN

Rzeszow Jasionka Airport RZE

Røst RET

U

Umea Airport UME

Z

Zadar Airport ZAD

Zagreb Franjo Tuđman Airport ZAG

Zakynthos International Airport ZTH

Zaragoza Airport ZAZ

Zonguldak Airport ONQ

Zurich Airport ZRH

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