Hong Kong International Airport has lost its status as the world's best airport, a title it has held for seven of the past eight years, an international survey shows. South Korea's Incheon International Airport came top in the survey by Skytrax Research, a British-based independent consultancy that handles aviation research. Chek Lap Kok airport was pipped into second place, with Singapore's Changi Airport ranking third. Chek Lap Kok has topped Skytrax's airport rankings since 2001, with the exception of 2006 when it lost out to Singapore. Skytrax said the survey, which it has conducted since 1999, evaluated the experiences of travellers across 39 service areas from check-ins, arrivals and transfers through to departure at the gate. It was based on results from 8.6 million questionnaires completed by airline passengers in 2008-09, covering more than 190 airports worldwide. Passengers of nearly 100 nationalities took part. Lawmaker Raymond Ho Chung-tai, a member of the Airport Authority board, said the city should be proud of the airport's high international reputation since it was commissioned in 1998. 'Hong Kong's airport has always had a very good international reputation,' he said. 'It is already quite good to be among the top five in the world. We should feel proud of it.' Commenting on the slip in the rankings, a spokeswoman for the Airport Authority said: 'We will continue our ongoing efforts to maintain Hong Kong International Airport's status as the world's best airport. We also remain committed to providing passengers and other airport users with a pleasant and delightful airport experience.' A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said: 'Hong Kong International Airport has repeatedly been recognised as a world-class airport. The Airport Authority will continue to work closely with the airport community in delivering world-class services to its customers.' The survey reported that the margin between the airports in South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore was the smallest ever. Zurich Airport was fourth, followed by Munich Airport. Japan's Kansai International Airport and Centrair in Nagoya were also among the top 10, as was Kuala Lumpur's airport. New Zealand's Auckland Airport completed the top 10.