The immigration service at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was recently awarded the best in the world, beating Hong Kong International Airport and Tokyo International Airport, which are ranked second and third place, respectively. The award, which was given by the Skytrax World Airport Awards, also known as the Passengers Choice Awards, was voted by 13.82 million airline passengers from 105 different countries worldwide.
To add to the victory, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA2) was also ranked third-best Low-Cost Airline Terminal in the same ceremony, while Tokyo Narita Airport’s Terminal 3 claimed the first place spot. Besides that, Kuala Lumpur also placed seventh in having the world’s best airport staff, ahead of Tokyo Narita International Airport at eighth place. All the winners were announced during the awards ceremony at Amsterdam’s Passenger Terminal Expo in the Netherlands on 14 March.
Mercer 2017 Quality of Living
On a separate but equally positive note, Kuala Lumpur was also named the second-best city in Southeast Asia in Mercer’s 2017 Quality of Living rankings, with Johor Bahru grabbing the third position. The yearly survey by consulting firm Mercer, which is used by multinational companies to design expatriate packages, named Kuala Lumpur as the city with the second-best quality of life in Southeast Asia, with Singapore taking home the top prize.
The Quality of Living survey looked at 10 different categories, including political and social environment, economic environment, natural environment, housing, health services, and education.