Ben Gurion Named Number One for Duty-Free Shopping

A view of Ben Gurion International Airport from the control tower. (Flash90)

For duty-free shopping, you can’t do better than Ben Gurion Airport, according to eDreams, one of the world’s largest online travel booking agencies, and the largest in Europe. In its annual ranking of the world’s best and worst airports, eDreams named Ben Gurion as “the top airport for shopoholics,” and the eighth best overall worldwide. For shoppers, Ben Gurion ranked a score of 3.98 out of 5, beating out Copenhagen (3.91/5) and Zurich (3.89/5).

The best airport in the world, based on the customer preference data compiled by eDreams, is Helsinki’s Vantaa airport, which ranked 4.3/5. At number eight, Ben Gurion was just a bit behind Frankfurt, Geneva, and Bangkok, and ahead of Oslo and Dublin. The worst airport was Berlin Schönefeld airport, followed by London Luton. New York’s two airports, LaGuardia and JFK, had the dubious distinction of being the third and fourth worst. They were the only two U.S. airports to make the bottom ten of the list. Also performing poorly were the two Paris airports, Charles De Gaulle and Orly, which ranked as the ninth and tenth worst.

According to eDreams, the rankings of the top and bottom airports “take into account their global quality” in categories such as waiting areas, shopping and restaurants. The data was compiled based on an in-depth review of more than 65,000 opinions submitted by travelers during 2016.