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Tue May 14, 2013
Travel

Denver Airport Named One Of The Best In The World

Denver can add a new accolade to its rapidly growing list of achievements. Denver International Airport has just earned a Top-5 ranking among the world’s best domestic airports.

This airport achievement comes on the heels of being recognized as the only U.S. city to make the list of top 10 cities for oil and gas, a top 10 nerdy city, and 5th most literate. And now, a top designation among domestic airports:

  1. Tokyo International (Haneda), Japan
  2. Shanghai Hongqiao International, China
  3. Durban King Shaka, South Africa
  4. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Ohio, USA
  5. Denver International, Colorado, USA

Passengers on DIA's new nonstop Tokyo flight won’t be able to check out the top-ranked Tokyo International Haneda, though. The direct flights will go to Tokyo's Narita airport when they launch June 10 -- a few months later than planned because of delays due to the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Airport research firm Skytrax compiled the rankings for the annual awards, which slice and dice the many ways airports can be judged.

Too bad there’s no category for controversial public art (we’ve got Bluecifer!) or for weird conspiracy theories like DIA is an underground alien enclave or headquarters for the shadowy Illuminati (yep, we have those too).

On the other hand, maybe we should just be grateful we don’t have to take off like this:

For the adventurous, here's a list of what some consider the coolest airports in the world.