Hong Kong airport has been named the world's best among 48 airports that took part in a new global survey. The Airport Authority said yesterday that Chek Lap Kok finished ahead of second-placed Incheon International Airport in Seoul and third-placed Changi in Singapore. The international airports in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai were ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the survey, conducted throughout last year. The survey was part of a programme managed by the International Air Transport Association and the Airports Council International. The study replaced the Global Airport Monitor survey, which ran for 11 years. More than 50,000 air travellers completed survey questionnaires at participating airports before boarding flights. They were asked to give their opinions on issues including airport services and facilities, security and immigration, and services provided by airlines. Hong Kong was ranked first by both business and leisure travellers. The study found that the aspects the travellers using Chek Lap Kok airport liked most were the courtesy and helpfulness of airport staff, the airport environment and transport links. Airport Authority chief executive David Pang Ding-jung said: 'We take great pride in providing our passengers with an enjoyable and memorable airport experience when they visit Hong Kong International Airport.' In the last Global Airport Monitor survey in 2003, Hong Kong received a special recognition award for what pollsters described as a 'leading level of services' before and after the Sars outbreak. In 2002, Hong Kong came third behind Dubai and Singapore.