These Are the Cleanest Airports in North America (and Beyond)

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I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, aka Denpasar International Airport, in Bali, Indonesia
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A clean airport makes travel more pleasant, and three North American airports go above and beyond when it comes to keeping things scrubbed and polished.

The Airports Council International’s latest annual Airport Service Quality Awards honor airports around the world for the best customer experiences. The awards were based on 595,000 surveys of travelers.

One of the awards honors the cleanest airports around the world. Following are the winners in North America, followed by the honorees located on other continents. All rank among the top 5% in the world for cleanliness.

Fort McMurray International Airport

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Where this airport is located: Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

International Air Transport Association code for this airport: YMM

In 2014, a new terminal at Fort McMurray International Airport opened. It features long-span spaces and high ceilings. In addition, the size of the laminated pine beams that support the roof make it the largest wood-framed roof on the continent.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
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Where this airport is located: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

International Air Transport Association code for this airport: GRR

In 2009, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport completed a revamp of the terminal and parking areas. Needless to say, the improvements — including a 4,700-space parking garage and garage-to-terminal pedestrian bridges — have created a much better experience for travelers.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
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Where this airport is located: Greer, South Carolina, United States

International Air Transport Association code for this airport: GSP

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport has been open for business since 1962. It was the first airport to feature lights in the pavement of the runway.

Prior to the construction of GSP, the region was served by two smaller airports, one in Greenville and another in Spartanburg.

The cleanest airports in Europe

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia
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The airports in Europe that the Airports Council International honored for their cleanliness are:

  • Aeroporto di Roma-Fiumicino (Rome Fiumicino, Italy)
  • Aeropuerto de Girona – Costa Brava (Costa Brava, Spain)
  • Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)
  • Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (Izmir, Turkey)
  • Tallinn Airport (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” (Thessaloniki, Greece)

The cleanest airports in the Asia-Pacific

Beijing Daxing International Airport
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The airports in the Asia-Pacific region that were honored for their cleanliness are:

  • Adi Soemarmo International Airport (Surakarta, Indonesia)
  • Beijing Daxing International Airport (Beijing, China)
  • Depati Amir Airport (Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia)
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Guangzhou, China)
  • I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport (Bali, Indonesia)
  • Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport (Shijiazhuang, China)
  • Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore)
  • Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (Ujung Pandang, Indonesia)
  • Supadio Airport (Pontianak, Indonesia)
  • Yogyakarta International Airport (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

The cleanest airports in other regions

Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco
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The airports in other regions that were honored for their cleanliness are as follows:


  • Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (Casablanca, Morocco)
  • Marrakech Menara Airport (Marrakech, Morocco)

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Guayaquil International Airport (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
  • Quito International Airport (Quito, Ecuador)

Middle East

  • Salalah Airport (Salalah, Oman)

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