• Skytrax released its annual ranking of the world's best airports, with Doha, Qatar at the top. 
  • However, no US airport made the top 20.
  • The highest-ranked, Seattle-Tacoma, was beaten by the likes of London Heathrow and Vancouver. 

Skytrax has released its annual ranking of the world's best airports — and if you're a frequent flyer it may come as little surprise that none in the US made the top 20.

The US can't even claim to have North America's best airport, given that Vancouver is in 17th place.

Seattle-Tacoma was rated the best airport in the US for the third year running. But the Alaska Airlines hub only managed a lackluster 24th position, down six places from last year.

It was followed by Houston Hobby in 29th spot, and New York's LaGuardia at 33rd — a big jump from 57 last year.

There was some positive news, as the US can lay claim to one global gong: the world's best new airport terminal. That was picked up by Newark Liberty's Terminal A, which opened in January at a cost of $2.7 billion.

Along with LaGuardia's Terminal B, the two New York City-area airports are the only ones in North America with terminals ranked five stars by Skytrax. The other two are in Paris and China.

But the US is still far off the world's best airports. This year's winner is Qatar's Hamad International Airport, pushing Singapore off the top spot. Seoul Incheon took third place, up from fourth.

Qatar's Hamad International Airport in Doha is the world's best, says Skytrax. Foto: BI

Asian airports accounted for the top five, with Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports in fourth and fifth.

Paris Charles de Gaulle is in sixth, followed by Dubai, Munich, Zurich, and Istanbul.

Airports in Australia (Melbourne), Finland, and Italy (Rome Fiumicino) were among the others in the top 20.

The US was even beaten by the UK, as London Heathrow gained one place to 21st.

But there's reason to hope that things could soon improve given New York's JFK is undergoing a $19 billion transformation.

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