Exeter Airport is the happiest in the world


Exeter Airport is the happiest in the world, according to a new report.

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The UK airport topped the list by HappyOrNot, the company responsible for creating the globally-recognisable 'Smiley' feedback system.

Exeter received an average feedback score of 88.66%, while Cork Airport and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (Rome) came joint second with 88.45%.

HappyOrNot's Airport Report was based on 158 million data-points from HappyOrNot smiley terminals in 160 airports across 36 countries.

Newcastle International Airport, London Southend Airport and Cardiff Airport also made the top eight list.

Exeter Airport's Managing Director, Matt Roach, said: "We know that the procedures at an airport can be stressful, but our staff do their best to ease the journey for the travellers and this shows in the consistently high positive ratings.

"I am very proud of the performance reflected in the responses, and the magnificent achievement of being in the top spot."

The report also revealed that the happiest time of day for travellers to fly is 9am, with a happiness rating of 85.7%, closely followed by 8am with 85.5%.

When it comes to the happiest day of the week to travel, Tuesdays (happiness rating of 83.4%) are when travellers are most satisfied, followed closely by both Wednesdays and Thursdays (83.2%).

The eight happiest airports in the world:

1. Exeter Airport, U.K. – 88.66%
2. = Cork Airport, Republic of Ireland – 88.45%
2. = Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (Rome), Italy – 88.45%
4. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, U.S.A. – 87.35%
5. Newcastle International Airport, U.K. – 87.05%
6. London Southend Airport, U.K. – 86.79%
7. Cardiff Airport, U.K. – 86.57%
8. Keflavik International Airport, Iceland – 86.35%

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"Flying in to see such a great landmark like Table Mountain as well as the beautiful city of Cape Town makes this airport approach truly one-of-a-kind." 
"The cockpit windows frame the perfect shot of the world's financial hub, appreciated by many, but adored only by pilots. Come rain or shine, the city pulses beneath you during every landing."
Judge Ana Silva O'Reilly "Not for those with faint hears. Landing at ‘The Rock’ requires a lot of skill (and adverse weather conditions redirect flights to Malaga too often), but if you are lucky it is stunning. Also very interesting to see the geographic differences between nearby Spain and this British territory."
Forbes judge Adam Twidell says: "Arrival into this airport brings you between the skyscrapers of an international city and lush Canadian Parkland. Both framed by the Great Lakes in a fantastic juxtaposition between earth and human creation. "
Judge David Scowsill says: "A simply unforgettable and thrilling landing on the world's shortest runway, flanked by cliffs and ocean with a striking view of its active Volcano, Mount Scenery."
"Nowhere in the world can you get so close to a plane landing - it is as if you could jump high enough and touch it. It's an awesome view, both as a passenger on the plane and as person sitting on the beach below."
 "As you cross the water from the mainland you eventually see the hills of the Isle of Barra and surrounding islands in the distance. As you draw closer you are totally enchanted by the contrast of greenery, rugged shorelines, the shimmering waters and the spectacular white sands which you eventually land on (when the tide is out). Totally and utterly amazing."
Judge Tiffany Dowd says: "This has to be one of the most spectacular places to arrive and depart with this breathtaking coastline as far as the eye can see."
Judge Doug Gollan says:  "Arriving at night makes the Las Vegas strip look like some type of miniature recreation. It is always worth a window seat."
Forbes judge Bill Prince says: "A world-class approach to a world class destination. The snatched panoramas as you descend into this hitherto barren-looking landscape makes you realise that pilots do get the best views."

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