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The epic DragonOMG (3 days ago)
Your saying it wrong do u speak English I do
Mohammad Qassem (3 days ago)
Great video.
Gillian Kilner (4 days ago)
I know where they go WH Smith
RTCMAHL (5 days ago)
1) Charge a typical rent for a 4 bedroom townhouse for parking and 2) charge $4 for water, end video.
The stage V slipped on 18 (6 days ago)
Simple by scamming you.
The Supremity Of Estatia Official YouTube Channel! (6 days ago)
Duty Free Annoys Me , My Mum ALWAYS Gets Distracted At Every Duty Free At ANY Airport.
Ted Wood (6 days ago)
“Pay taxes” ah ha. Ah hahah. Stop
Ted Wood (6 days ago)
Do just a little research. They do NOT pay all their taxes
Rocky Dans (6 days ago)
Barzy Fan 13 (7 days ago)
i thought Newark Airport was owned by Port Authority
M B (8 days ago)
What about the shops rental? Doesn’t it help the airport to make money?
Kimberly (10 days ago)
interesting, i fly out of heathrow a few times a year but i always come down from my home town of Glasgow with BA. Lucky for me BA runs that flight to heathrow. Didn't realise 50% of the domestic flights from Heathrow were in Scotland (lucky me for once) Having to walk through duty free after security is Standard in Glasgow airport too, it has been for years. And not showing gate times until later, infuriates me so much -__- obviously now i know why they do it, but when you're in the airport more than once a year it loses the "fun holiday" vibe and you just want to get on the plane and go.
Rene Ogunbona (11 days ago)
Actually all 15 largest UK airports you listed have been fully or partially privatised
Plane Spotter (12 days ago)
He forgot that you can catch a flight from humberside airport to Amsterdam
Funny Z (15 days ago)
8:04 that’s why they have Gatwick
dazz Dingoo (16 days ago)
got a 500 ml bottle of pepsi from dubai airport cost me 4 pounds. dafuq.
Alessandra Arcipe (18 days ago)
Did he forget about singapore’s airport?
biggorilla 121 (18 days ago)
If you want to do domestic flights in Britain from London go to Gatwick
Ayman Ilham (18 days ago)
4:15 they do the exact same thing in Manchester Airport (T1)
Foggierpath 2006 (18 days ago)
You dont go to an international airport to go to somewhere in the uk. You drive or go to a city airport
Foggierpath 2006 (19 days ago)
Why is he using dollars
Matthew Gooding (19 days ago)
"Privatization would lead to cheaper prices and better service" biggest lie anyone has ever told. Any time infrastructure is privatized costs shoot through the roof.
AviatorJames (20 days ago)
7:45 Amsterdam also fly to Humberside
seb sant (21 days ago)
Anybody have that flight that's 5 hours long and your back bone of ur butt hurts but you've been sitting on your butt cheaks
Taha Hadi (23 days ago)
How do low cost airlines make money?
Alp Gez (25 days ago)
How they make money by the 5$ bottle of water
Alphaglitchgirl1 (26 days ago)
the video is about Heathrow but I know Stansted when I see it! THATS THE DEPARTURE BOARD AT STANSTED AIRPORT @ 4:29 *tuts disapprovingly*
PrimePoint 3223 (1 month ago)
What about Dubai airport and delhi airport??
djjayrex (1 month ago)
Forgot to mention the underground link.
Thomas (1 month ago)
It all depends on the country I guess. Gardermoen airport in Norway is 100% state-owned and has above 500 million USD in revenue yearly, and serves over 50 million total passengers a year.
TIlak Sevak (1 month ago)
Felix Bloxham (1 month ago)
The transportation of PERSONS to other countries via airlines is a lucrative business for said Countries which are in fact just Corporations.These CORPORATIONS are just moving their chattels and there are agreements and exchanges between these corporations that we call COUNTRIES ,every time an asset of a nation A Person travels there is a commercial event taking place .
斗皮皮 (1 month ago)
The true reason that passsagers arrive on Heathrow so much eariler is that because the traffic on M25 delays 18 hours everyday. Everytime I go there, I queue for about half hour. there was on time I queued for a little more than 1 hour.
Hanse H (1 month ago)
WoW, honestly, although on my master in a business related subject, I never noticed how complex the airport business is. I always try to analyze how a business makes a profit when I'm in the area, but never did that to airports! Next time I know how I'll spend my usually 1 hour wait at the airport and will even save some money trading buying things to acquire knowledge. Great video!
Tally (1 month ago)
Wonder if AIA taking notes
gp5 (1 month ago)
By charging people $22 for a hamburger.
Adam Bernstein (1 month ago)
It seems like the best of both worlds would be to have entirely privatised/commercial airports but have the government pay the companies enough to do certain routes so that it is profitable for the company to continue doing the route. The company is well run through privatisation and the public service is maintained without the need for the government having to take over the entire company and over-complicating things. That's what we are currently doing in the UK with Translink, it was privatised but some of its routes are subsidised. It seems to be the best of both worlds.
True Fiasco (1 month ago)
No class analysis. or the scale of profit (stolen labour) the few owners of Heathrow actually make. UK airports seem to have a very similar "economic" model UK rail has, as in all the profitable models that could make the government money are sold off to the "highest bidder" while the government buy back train lines which aren't profitable.
Shane Forrester (1 month ago)
I'm from town (Newburgh) where they sold it back to the government. It ended up being a better solution for the port authority to own it because they completed renovations and were able to introduce Norwegian Air started flying to Europe and on top of the American and Delta flights to their hub and JetBlue to Florida, they introduced low cost airlines as well. Also, it used to be an Air Force base and still is an air national guard base, so regulations are probably much tighter and a private company doesn't have a lot of room to play with. It is so secure that almost every leader that comes to New York for meetings at the UN fly into Newburgh including Air Force 1, so it wouldn't be an ideal airport to be privatised.
Bear (1 month ago)
i have been in this >> 2:56 << part of heathrow before wat de fak
vangrails (1 month ago)
I often buy a book or a magazine at the airport.
Jacob Howson (1 month ago)
Also you have to get to the airport and check in at leat 2 hours before your flight... I know it’s incase of a long queue for security and check in but if it’s a breeze then you have a lot of time in the airport for shopping, eating etc
Jayveer Parmar (1 month ago)
Very detailed video. Love it
Vivek Prakhar (1 month ago)
Only knew that airline had to pay money to the Airports to land,but there so many more factors.Informative!
Vinoth Madivanan (1 month ago)
Thank you Bendover!
2squares (1 month ago)
they sell a$1.50 hot dog for $3.50, simple as that!!!!
Dan Lewis (2 months ago)
Shit, it's 4am!
globaltraveller (2 months ago)
As a UK resident, give me a connection in Amsterdam Schiphol any time over the equivalent at Heathrow. Schiphol is (a) better designed (b) has more stuff to do (c) is just as well, if not even more globally connected than Heathrow. Altogether a more pleasurable experience,.
aguila (2 months ago)
Wtf wendy don’t go around the internet spreading lies. Hong Kong is Hong Kong and China is China. Don’t let the ccp win.
TMPX Julle (2 months ago)
Huh in sweden it is like 5 airports or less
Ace Creg (2 months ago)
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Stephen Taylor (2 months ago)
Easy, they fleece us at every turn!
Bilinmek Istemiyor (2 months ago)
Turkey is building the largest airport in Istanbul. 150 bilyon passenger capacity.
Karim Khaled (2 months ago)
Now i know why in dubai airport we get our flight gate 45 minutes before departure, and we go always infront of every store and shop before we go to the gate.
chancy319 (2 months ago)
You need to put sources in your videos as you show figures such as the one at 1:06. It's hard to take you seriously when you just state figures like that without even putting a source alongside it as well as the time of the data.
1GTASANANDREASCJ (2 months ago)
Why is it cheaper to fly from Germany to Heathrow than into the USA than a non stop flight from Germany to the US? I mean you got the double the cost per passenger for landing and luggage.
1GTASANANDREASCJ (2 months ago)
you are talking shit first you say: busiest airport in the world then you say: sixth busiest airport in the world what now? do your job!!
1GTASANANDREASCJ (1 month ago)
+vangrails yeah I checked that afterwards too
vangrails (1 month ago)
I think that Heathrow is the busiest privately owner airport in the world.
Damian Simmonds (2 months ago)
I thought Love field was a privately owned Airport by Southwest.
Δημήτρης Χαφακιας (2 months ago)
Question: I think i noticed that each airline has its hub ( its airport) ex.British Airways the Heathrew airport-(it has its own maintenance garage more spaces for parking for this individual airline)if this is truth. So does the policies of cost for departure and arival change for this airline that has a hub that airport ??
ZeroSupremacyYT (2 months ago)
Or they could just make it bigger
Yum! Roblox (2 months ago)
Bendover XD
armin anglia (2 months ago)
U.k have 2 more airoports dont need to have flights to other u.k city's
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gabo (2 months ago)
In Dubai airport, cappuccino costs me a whooping €15.00!!!
Tomate Chines (2 months ago)
how stupid need someone be to ask this question?
Prince Gold (2 months ago)
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SebastianAsian (2 months ago)
It's corrupted Business for sure. You will get treated like a Mule in airports like LAX (most U.S airports anyways) but you will get much nicer, faster, cleaner service in airports like ICN (Incheon airport in Korea) At the end, you will have to pay the same.
Eric (2 months ago)
worst airport ever... worst airline ever... how can uk people stand it? it feels like its run by americans
fact gasm (2 months ago)
Very good video, kept me watching right till the end.
Tory Kennedy (2 months ago)
Woah. I'm sure the citizens of Swaziland would like to say it costs more to run their country, they just don't have it. What you mean is it costs more to run Heathrow than the country of Swaziland HAS to spend each year. -_-
John Damo (2 months ago)
If this airport had to pay emissions carbon taxes for beating up the environment they probably would lose money. Nature of airport business says it should be union owned and operated or gooberment owned. Private sector should stick to entertainment and children's toys.
Fredo Santana (2 months ago)
High wycombe on the map ayyyyyye
Alverant (2 months ago)
I wonder how all those people who live around that airport feel about large planes taking off and landing there. (Oh, and to those snarks who say "if you don't like it move" I say "buy their houses so they can move and let's see how you like it".)
Taras Shevchenko (2 months ago)
If you want a cheap house, one near an airport is a great option if you dont mind the noise.
Maksim Sics (2 months ago)
Woah a flight every 2.2 minutes...
TWA 1945 studios (2 months ago)
How much does it costs to run Heathrow airport in pounds?
Phil Rabe (2 months ago)
Well, Heathrow is a nice looking airport, and has a lot of tech, but that whole 'not announce the gate so you shop more' thing is just wrong. sigh. The government ought to say 'here's the contract to run our airport, but you must have x percent UK flights'.
Gplus sucks big (2 months ago)
Forgot to say that LHR is the worst airport in the world
Les Chase (2 months ago)
Did I see several clips of this video from London Gatwick, and Pier 6. Gates 101 to 113, plus the bridge.? This airport has possibly the most used single runway in the world. The second runway, mainly used as a taxiway.
Rj Ti (2 months ago)
Heathrow has been known as the international airport. If you want a regional airport and live in Loondon you are going to Gatwick or taking a train. Even though trains take a bit longer they are more efficient than air travel.
Ben Newton (2 months ago)
7:45 You forgot Humberside
ian74747 (2 months ago)
What about Changgi Airport?
lenny108 (2 months ago)
the point, why cargo is not much in London, might be rather because it is not showing up, remains unknown. Nowadays planes are configured to carry lots of cargo, e.g.the A-330 can take 70 tonnes of freight. So actually the airlines do not make money with passengers anymore. They make money with the freight. Thats why some airlines do not even bother about paying passengers, they take their passengers to any place for $19 dollars. But they make money with cargo.
Danny Heywood (2 months ago)
You say that Heathrow doesn't even accommodate its own country because it only has flights to 8 airports...That pretty much covers the country, we are happy just to get anywhere away from 'Down South'
Sijia Liu (2 months ago)
Thanks for sharing! Your channel has become one of my favorite. Transportation logistics sounds promising given the increasing traffic volume and desired speed. I have always been fascinated by cars/planes/train growing up. As a CPA, maybe one day i will pursue a different career in this field.
Chandy_1 (2 months ago)
That's why you cannot find a single water fountain any where in the airport.. disgusting..
Lava Yuki (2 months ago)
Narita Tokyo is my favourite for food and shopping, I always end up filling my bags there. Being from the UK, I've been to Heathrow millions of times. In the case of national travel, most people use trains here as its so much easier and no hassle with customs etc. so it probably would not be useful for Heathrow in have more UK destinations
Smith (2 months ago)
I suddenly had this question come in to my brain and said Wendover will have it covered!
Fergal Downes (2 months ago)
Howdy mate, extremely good flick that you have here. Nice one.
orenm2103 (2 months ago)
I think you said one false thing. You said that London has flights to all 6 inhabited continents nonstop, but they don't fly nonstop to Australia.
vangrails (1 month ago)
You can nowadays fly directly from London to Perth.
Gabby Levanzin (2 months ago)
talks about a british airport but uses dollars
Takomborerwa M (2 months ago)
ocripcurrent (2 months ago)
Worldwide Shopping Plaza
xorinzor (2 months ago)
I wonder how much Dubai Airport makes per passenger, given that they even sell gold bars from a vending machine xD
Maple Leaf (2 months ago)
Funny thing is, it is much cheaper to fly from any EU countries for international flights (longer then 7hrs flight) then from Heathrow... Are the tax slapped on the tickets to Heathrow or is that the government, cos that accounts for majority cost.
Christian Dorman (2 months ago)
Chicago O’Hare>>>Londons’ Heathrow
Jethro Chan (2 months ago)
How about the Airport which run inner Country Plane? #HongKongDoesNotHaveIt
Unprofessional Gamers (2 months ago)
So I'd put Heathrow's yearly earnings at around $600m after all thsoe deductions, would that number be far off the mark?
The DutchWaffle (2 months ago)
Zachary (2 months ago)
We tried running large airports privately here in the US. It didn't work. Heathrow Airport Holidings actually ran Indianapolis International, Pittsburgh International, Boston International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. If the private HAH couldn't run them efficiently (profitably yes, efficiently no), than how could they own them at the same time?
Carlos Muller (2 months ago)
I’m watching this at 2:26am
Ham Spam (2 months ago)
Watched video