Auckland Airport makes world top 10 sleeps

Auckland International Airport has made it onto a list of the world's top 10 airports for sleeping at.

It comes in at number seven.

Singapore tops the list, while Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG) scored the worst airport in the world.

Website www.sleepinginairports.net compiles the lists based on contributor feedback and surveys, while providing extensive details on how to survive at airports.

"For travellers who are really on a budget and are looking for a way to skim a few bucks off their travel expenses, why not consider sleeping in an airport?" the site says. 

"Why spend money on a night in the airport hotel when an inflatable raft on the airport floor is free?

"Sure, it may sound a little cheap and degrading at first, but read-on and you'll soon discover a travel community, that for over 14 years has been sharing their airport sleeping experiences and travel advice with fellow airport sleepers around the world.

"Airport sleeping is no longer just for the cheap young backpacker. Nowadays, you'll find travellers of all ages and income brackets stretched out on airport floors around the world....

"Every year, our readers send in their airport stories and they vote in our polls. Then we consider the important stuff - our four C's: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service."

The site says Auckland doesn't receive the passenger numbers that the other airports do, "but it deserves special recognition for its sleeper friendly facilities airside and landside.

One traveller feedback described Auckland like this: "Upstairs in the International observation lounge the sleeping facilities are very good. Carpeted, if you want to sleep horizontally. Several upholstered bucket seats are built together to form an undulating 1.6m length bumpy sofa. Coffee bar with some food on the floor below is open all night. No fancy facilities, but that's why it's quiet! Just perfect."

Another reviewer said the observation area was perfect for sleeping.

"Security does keep an eye on you, but does not bother you at all. When I woke up there was a big Maori bloke doing his rounds. After I checked in at 3:30am I walked around and saw silly people sleeping in the check in area and even in the food court under bright lights and noise."

Auckland topped the best airports in the South Pacific for sleeping, followed by Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

The worst airport in the South Pacific was Gold Coast, followed by Tonga, Canberra, Cairns and Darwin.

But it was Singapore's Changi which collected the "Golden Pillow Award" - for the 14th year running.

"There really is no reason to leave Club Changi. Several contributors have raved about Singapore's Changi airport and have suggested you stay a few nights there even if you have the money for a hotel. The thing we love about Changi is their ability to make the airport fun!"

In second place was Seoul Incheon, described as "airy, comfortable, super squeaky clean, quiet, and efficient".

It was followed by Hong Kong, Amsterdam Schiphol, Munich, Frankfurt, Auckland, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Zurich and San Francisco.

On the flipside the site named "sleeper's worst airports for reasons such as safety concerns, lack of comfortable seating, rude staff, hostile security, poor facilities, no (or few) services to pass the time, bribery, and general hassles of being in the airport."

Paris CDG has retained the top worst spot although the site says "it did not win this title by the same devastating landslide of votes that it did in previous years. Could it be possible that things are improving or are people re-routing through other airports?"

Paris Beauvais came second, followed by Moscow Sheremetyevo, Los Angeles, Manila, New Delhi's new Indira Gandhi Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Mumbai's new terminal, London's Luton and New York's JFK Airport.

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