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Heater123 (6 hours ago)
Wait, which one am I paying?
Lucy (2 days ago)
finna go work for Heathrow airport and make 76k a year
Musa Mhlanga (3 days ago)
The Needy Techie (4 days ago)
why does he say the full name of aircraft every fucking time
Lazar Sinik (4 days ago)
Im geting sick of the sponsors on the videos
Ruiz Railroad (4 days ago)
Why London Heathrow needs to fly domestically whe. It has easy access to rail around the country
Shusi 189 (9 days ago)
Shoutout to Newburgh
Tanmay Vij (11 days ago)
Interesting. The only place where I most commonly buy anything at airports is the snack vending machine. You can get everything for the same cost as the market price, a bag of crisps for $0.30, a water bottle for $0.14! Also, food joints like McDonalds & KFC also make much more sense than other restaurants at airports coz they can't overcharge you in the name of airport costs, thanks to their standardized pricing Although I did witness a Burger King joint in the international zone of the terminal (after going through immigration at departure) selling burgers for upwards of $13-15 as opposed to standard Burger King prices of $1-2
ieong nathan (12 days ago)
in future can you please add £ for a uk video please. Sterling is a global currency and rates do change from time to time
Rajas A (14 days ago)
I once spent 7 hours at Heathrow
Brendon Morehouse (16 days ago)
yahya qteishat (17 days ago)
I watch these to fall asleep
retrodude123 (17 days ago)
And now loads of airports in the UK are copying this strategy of funneling people through duty free to get to the gates
Shogo (18 days ago)
When the airport has 4 times more personnel than the population of your city.
rahul simah (18 days ago)
Justgo to gatwick, sometimes cheaper
Matthew Menotti (20 days ago)
it’s weird bc i watch all ur videos but haven’t been subbed
Yashwanth Bhat (20 days ago)
Airports that benefited from my travel: Delhi and Bengaluru in India and Singapore. I dined at restaurants in these airports. Never shopped at retail stores in these airports. Airports that weren't benefited from my travel: Mangalore and Mumbai in India, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Perth and Sydney in Australia. Neither dined in restaurants in these airports nor shopped at retail stores in these airports. #FrequentFlyer #Wanderlust #Globetrotter #SocialMediaInfluencer #MiserTraveller I shouldn't be whining about my air travel because there are people who haven't experienced air travel yet. #EMPATHY 😁😁😁😁
gabriel (21 days ago)
Why on earth does the UK have so many airports it’s tiny it probably has more than Australia and we’re almost the same size as the US
Jimmy Mann-Mellor (24 days ago)
I only buy food at the airport
Bill Read (27 days ago)
People in the UK do not necessarily want domestic flights throughout the country, remembering that the country itself is so small. This means that it is much faster to travel via car, coach or train rather than air. Personally I have never considered- and know no one who has- a flight from one UK city to another Great video by the way
samiul gamer (1 month ago)
You mean how heatrow airport makes money?
Joe C (1 month ago)
For the private sector, they must make money directly off of the operations of a privatized airport, which can raise costs for passengers and possibly exclude classes of people from flying. The government is in a position to merely break even or lose on an airport because it makes money INDIRECTLY from the businesses, hotels, and other taxable economic activity that wouldn't otherwise happen without that airport. An improved economy also saves money when it comes to the costs of crime and social services.  If a smaller American city is thinking about opening up an airport, a private company might pass if they project $15M in losses against $100M in revenue, but the State + County + City might be okay with it if it generates $25M in extra taxes/savings indirectly. If this smaller American city doesn't build an airport at all because of political blowback over the losses, then that economic activity will not occur either and the city is worse off. A government has broader interests when dealing with infrastructure compared to the private sector. Another example is tolls on highways and bridges that don't necessarily turn them into a profitable venture. You'd still be bonkers crazy not to build them and miss out on the indirect benefits to commerce and business. Time and especially money would be wasted driving the long way around, and unless you're Houston that extra money spent on gasoline is money that isn't staying in your community.
nzoomed (1 month ago)
I thought Airports just made money selling neck pillows and toblerones at ridiculous prices...
Joseph Lane (2 days ago)
Tony Montana and they arnt actually expensive at airports. They are like £3 which is decent
Tony Montana (7 days ago)
Toblerones are great though
Roblox Soviet Union (1 month ago)
Talk how much it costs for Heathrow in dollars? Mate we use pounds And the Amsterdam airport also goes to humberside airport.
Enoch Chan (1 month ago)
Drain the Airline Companies to Manage Structurally
Rimantas Stanaitis (1 month ago)
It should be called 'How Heathrow Airport makes money'
Lewis Kelly (1 month ago)
I swear this channel would have sex with squarespace if it could
Mr0011011 (1 month ago)
The bloody airport tax is enough!
juiuffophiguo (1 month ago)
Funny how the US is the country in which privatly owned airports are rarest
xxxFEMTOxxx (1 month ago)
You forgot to mention CNN, wendover. Every airports get paid by CNN to play CNN on every television.
Dave Ridlespriger 2 (1 month ago)
My PRISON does have a commissary.
Davy Ker (1 month ago)
Giving Heathrow's costs in USD...
The King (1 month ago)
All airports are mother fuckers thieves!!!
Stars227 (1 month ago)
By being the most expensive means of transport
Corey Liddil (1 month ago)
I didn't know very much about planes. Then I went on an all night Wendover Productions binge. Now I know everything about planes
De U (1 month ago)
very insightful
Momo Bobo (1 month ago)
Who came here because of BrightSide copycat video 👍
bruce nassar (1 month ago)
with planes not cows that fart
W K (1 month ago)
one time I got so thirsty I bought a bottle of water that costs RM5.6 at the airport. ( the same bottle of water normally costs RM1outside the airport) it was a really stupid decision, I had to drank it all up when I reached security and it left me with tons of spare money changes that I can't convert at a money changer(I didn't regret it tho cause I was really thirsty). Than I made a dumber decision, I decide that since I'm transiting in Tokyo Airport, I might as well try out their famous vending machines. I put in 1000yen in paper note and it gave me 850yen in change for my bottle of green tea, ALL COINS. Needless to say, I was shocked and annoyed, I had to carry around heavy coins and I can't even change it at a money changer!!! Why Japan why!
B5429671 XJ (1 month ago)
I usually get to the airport about an hour early for transatlantic flights and 20 minutes early domestic…
B5429671 XJ (1 month ago)
God I hate Heathrow. I hate every airport in London. Fly through Germany. It is much nicer!
Jason Rimando (1 month ago)
Where did you get your sources? I am trying to write a paper on the revenue airports make.
DankusYT (1 month ago)
ayyy 40,000th like lol
Maxim Pilote (1 month ago)
most airports are two things: shopping malls and airports
Doubtful Guest (1 month ago)
Goods and/or services in exchange for cost value plus profit. /video :^)
CinemaDemocratica (1 month ago)
It's a serious problem that so many people don't understand the downside of privately-owned airports (etc), in the form of the loss of public accountability. Heathrow's customers are the airlines, and there's no airline in the world that's going to listen to you if you try to tell them that you won't use their airline if it insists on using Heathrow. What that means is that the airport could position a staff person at the jetbridge of every flight and punch every passenger in the face as they got off, and there wouldn't really be anything you could do about it.
Tropicalblueful (1 month ago)
As always thanks for your informative videos.😊😉
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MorpH2k (1 month ago)
Heathrow is a trash airport though...
Lim Yang Xuan (1 month ago)
Wait a sec. I saw Malaysia Airlines.
Sérgio Pereira (1 month ago)
So the average salary of Heathrow employee is 6333,33$ a month?! DAMN!
potatochobit (1 month ago)
airports make most of their money by charging taxi drivers fees and by charging you car parking fees and issuing tickets.
Alex Chau (1 month ago)
Amazing how airports charge airlines around 9k-10k USD per landing. Yet they claimed airports don't make any money.
Coco Chanelica (1 month ago)
Your logo looks like a woman with a very point vagina..
Sal Pitera (1 month ago)
Correction, Canton Akron is also a privately owned airport ride to McKinley family. And it does have commercial, passenger aircraft from Delta and United airlines. As well as a couple others.
Jeffrey Yamada (1 month ago)
You are confusing revenue with profit. They are not synonymous.
J Bubb (1 month ago)
In the UK, it's cheaper to take a train then fly, no-one in the UK really wants domestic plane travel.
Tobias Josef (1 month ago)
The thing about domestic plane service is not quite true in th UK. Yes, many people would consider it as being easier to have domestic flights from anywhere to London but there are a number of reasons that speak against that and for just taking the car or the train to London.Taking a flight from somewhere to London adds an astonishing amount of money to the total ticket price, while not saving that much time in a country, that is as small as the UK. A British Airways flight from London to Leeds takes one hour. A train on the same route takes 3 hours, which results in a difference of two hours.In the USA it might be true that air travel is the only way to connect the country but in a country as small and well connected as the UK that is not that much of a point.
Westfield Aud (1 month ago)
This kind of Pvt Airports are blot on us, it exploits not only Public but also Airliners and all stake holders, vendors, etc. Say NO to Airport Privatization.
Westfield Aud (1 month ago)
You didn't mention UK govt's share in Heathrow proceedings. Giving Airports to private entities generates lot of money to governments But Loss and inconvenience to Passengers. Passengers already bear heavy tax burden on their tickets.
Tom H. (1 month ago)
Airports make money off guilty fathers who feel compelled to buy presents for their wives and kids. I remember when my dad brought home an inflatable Air Force One which promptly developed a leak and deflated.
Matt Bailey (1 month ago)
Can you do a video explaining why Branson (BKG) has failed to attract or keep its airline contracts? When it opened Southwest was the flagship, but they left soon after. Now there is no tentpole carrier flying to BKG.
Daniel Valente (1 month ago)
By selling me $22.00 sushi that gives me the runs
The Fare Player (1 month ago)
So Ned Flanders privatized the Branson airport?
adriana munteanu (1 month ago)
I thought Qatar owned 30 percent of Heathrow Airport
Glitchy (1 month ago)
R.I.P AirBerlin
TheRobloxPlayer9000 (1 month ago)
Airplanes pay less to heathro airport than the number of votes on BFB 2
caijiali111 (1 month ago)
I’m living in Australia and in this country, NBN is never work! Why, because the government don’t understand some infrastructure need to be build loosing money to make the whole country more competitive. People say you are build something never pay off, but nobody understands the thing you do today make difference to the future. Just take Shanghai for example, the place where I grow up, when the first subway built, nobody using it because it more expensive than bus. Then the government starting build the second one and many media start saying that is wasting money. 20 years later, now, without subway, this city stopped! Just like Jobs said, people don’t know what they want until you put the product in front of them!
Dean L (1 month ago)
Nick Bayona No, I believe it stands for the National Bullshit Network. From a Sydneysider who is waiting until 2022 for usable internet.
Nick Bayona (1 month ago)
caijiali111 are you talking about the National broadband network?
caijiali111 (1 month ago)
That is the same reason why Chinese government run railway not making money. Because you loose 1 dollars here, you make many dollars in economy! People who want make money on their business will not make money on each products!
政府アッラーのしもべ (2 months ago)
where did he get those stats about the amount airlines have to pay. Im really interested in finding out.
Moosh (2 months ago)
4:49 what fucking flight goes straight from heathrow to alice springs one way
Aqua Fyre (2 months ago)
Airports make money by losing luggage - then charging a big fee for finding it. ----- Let's call airports for what they really are -- Luggage Mafia.
Lady Laxara (2 months ago)
‘‘Tis video is extremely interesting... i work in aviation and this perspective on the financials is really cool
fingerhorn4 (2 months ago)
UK airports are extremely expensive because there is no proper coordination or integration between the hundreds of sub-contractors, franchises and services which make up the whole. Also many of the service providers are chosen based on the lowest bid, not on quality of service. So for example Swissport, one of the worst, most inefficient and poorly run baggage processors, has multiple contracts with many UK airports and are now too big to fail. The captive consumer paradigm is ruthlessly exploited at the major UK airports, leading to rip off prices for something as simple as a bottle of drinking water, which at Gatwick is more expensive than the equivalent volume of petrol (W.H Smith I'm looking at you). Privatisation of these airports has resulted in higher executives of uniformly under-performing companies awarding themselves fabulous salaries while their workers earn a pittance. The apparent low cost of some airline tickets is completely offset by high car parking and rail/road transport costs, ever-increasing check-in and waiting times, expensive catering, control-freakery, inflexible management of passengers, herding, and micro-management of every visitor. Business class passengers do much better (they can turn up 20 minutes before a flight) but at an enormous cost absorbed by corporations who pass on the huge ticket prices to their product customers, so they don't particularly care how expensive tickets are. In the UK almost every flight, from med holidays, to domestic flights, to long haul is a miserable, convoluted experience, and you'd get to the same destination twice as quickly 30 years ago - there's progress for you. Gatwick in particular is nothing more than a definitive dystopian experience, where 3 hour check-ins are the norm, and you are then herded into a ghastly, low roofed hall full of over-crowded, over-expensive sub-standard bars and cafes, and barely an available seat in busy periods. After which some passengers have to walk up to two miles along gate access walkways due to the disastrously designed infrastructure. The whole edifice is "sponsored" by battleship grey corporate HSBC colours which dominate every structure, adding to the miserable ambience further. If you are travelling from say the south coast to the north of England, it is cheaper, and often quicker to drive, take a coach or even take an off peak train. Flying in the UK is a total misery and not worth the trouble. It used to be a delightful experience. Not any longer. BTW at Gatwick they keep you herded in the departure "lounge" for as long as they can before declaring the gate at the last possible moment, resulting in people actually having to RUN for a mile to catch their plane if they are unlucky enough to have a gate at the furthest point.
Bino Dino maxilimilanMus royal guard (2 months ago)
The only thing I bought at an airport is a book
NotJas (2 months ago)
I’m watching this in an airport
Marco Pollo (2 months ago)
Watch in 1.5x speed
Ridge Lin (2 months ago)
Watching this while chilling at O'hare.... very interesting
4D Games (2 months ago)
The Bombardier Q400 -8 seats 78 passengers, this inaccuracy is outrageous!
pieruperä (2 months ago)
Could you please explain how much money the new Berlin airport BER makes?
AndrewG (2 months ago)
The point you make regarding connecting UK flights is a naive one. The majority of locations you've listed for the Amsterdam to UK destination are within a 100 mile radius of Heathrow, hence it would be absolutely pointless to fly. Heathrow connects to most other UK major airports.
jorge rivas (2 months ago)
they don't charge rent to the airlines that are there? rent of restaurants and shops that are there? seriously?
Abdullah Alrasheed (2 months ago)
you guys should note that sometimes you get cheaper stuff from the duty free markets at airports! coz items don't get taxed! and you get the best quality since it's shipped directly from manufacturers.
Jon Hutchinson (2 months ago)
I work for a airline out of Manchester. It's not just the pax they charge but also the airlines. Desks, office space, delays..all paid by the airline to the airport.
Chemical_ali (2 months ago)
Heathrow, One of worst airport on the planet in among developed country, avoid it.
Jayakumar Mani (2 months ago)
Thank you. Nice video, quite informative. By the way, London is not the 'capital' city of UK (at 7:54). In fact, UK does not have a formal capital. If you are referring to London being the de facto commercial capital, then yes of course.
Isaac Thomas (2 months ago)
What are your sources for these videos?
Jon Michael Halvorson (2 months ago)
i love these
Bruce V (2 months ago)
All airports should be private
Joshua 윤호 Han (2 months ago)
I spent a bunch of money at Seoul Incheon airport on my way back to Los Angeles because I had all this leftover KRW. Bought some snacks to hold me over till the first meal service and bought some other snacks to take back with me. And for those UK people can't they just fly to Gatwick then take a connecting flight? Im sure there are more UK cities served by Gatwick and a lot of long haul routes are also served by Gatwick
Zach T (2 months ago)
There are actually some airlines that fly empty planes to keep their spot at Heathrow.
Mario I/O (2 months ago)
Heathrow could survive simply selling the tons of luggage the "loose" every damn year.
R R (2 months ago)
What is the net worth or wealth of Heathrow Airport?
Mohammad Shahid (2 months ago)
My theory is that all long-haul flights should fly in and out of Heathrow, and the other flights should fly in and out of Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, City, etc.
Krystle White (2 months ago)
You missed Humberside airport off the list of airports in the UK served directly from Amsterdam.
ctrlaltf (2 months ago)
Puerto Rico's Int. airport has been privatized.
asianbubbleteapilotboiiiBOEING777-8X (2 months ago)
Does anyone else realize how many airports are located around London, there is so many.
Just Some Girl with a Mustache (2 months ago)
I mean they don’t need domestic flights at heathrow due to the 5 other airports in london which can do that for heathrow e.g gatwick and southend
Miguel Dominic (2 months ago)
Plot twist, Wendover has never been on an airplane or been to an airport.
DMS (2 months ago)