The best airports are in Asia. And at SFO.

High speed ferries depart Cathay Pacific's

With the recent opening of Hong Kong airport’s new state-of-the-art SkyPier (above), arriving passengers can now step off their plane, take a four-minute ride on an “automated people mover” to a the eastern side of the airport where they board hovercraft or high speed ferries for 30-90 minute voyages across the South China Sea to destinations such as Guangzhou, Macau and Shenzhen. Cathay Pacific calls Hong Kong International its “Superhub.”

Imagine what it would be like if you could land at SFO, then jump on a high speed ferry to the Embarcadero, or over to Oakland, or up to Wine Country?

Maybe one day…but for now, Asia’s got us beat when it comes to the world’s best airports.

Hong Kong is one of three “Five-Star” airports in the world according to SkyTrax, a well-respected international organization that ranks both airlines and airports based on surveys of thousands of frequent international business travelers from around the world.

For 2010, the only three airports to get “five star” status are Singapore-Changi, Seoul Incheon and Hong Kong Kong International. (Full report here)

However, note that our hometown airport SFO placed second in North America after Vancouver. SFO’s also the ONLY U.S. airport to place in the top 25 worldwide.

On a recent business trip to Asia, I flew through Seoul’s Incheon Airport on Korean Air and was VERY impressed. I made a two-minute video about that journey which included coverage of Incheon Airport. (See video below)

Have you ever flown through one of these “Five Star” airports? What did you think? How do they compare to SFO or other U.S. airports? Please leave your comments below.

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