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AndrewG (3 hours 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 (19 hours ago)
they don't charge rent to the airlines that are there? rent of restaurants and shops that are there? seriously?
Abdullah Alrasheed (1 day 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 (3 days 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 (4 days ago)
Heathrow, One of worst airport on the planet in among developed country, avoid it.
Jayakumar Mani (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
What are your sources for these videos?
Jon Michael Halvorson (8 days ago)
i love these
Bruce V (8 days ago)
All airports should be private
Joshua Han (9 days 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 (9 days ago)
There are actually some airlines that fly empty planes to keep their spot at Heathrow.
Mario I/O (9 days ago)
Heathrow could survive simply selling the tons of luggage the "loose" every damn year.
R R (10 days ago)
What is the net worth or wealth of Heathrow Airport?
Mohammad Shahid (11 days 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 (11 days ago)
You missed Humberside airport off the list of airports in the UK served directly from Amsterdam.
ctrlaltf (11 days ago)
Puerto Rico's Int. airport has been privatized.
asianbubbleteapilotboiiiBOEING777-8X (13 days ago)
Does anyone else realize how many airports are located around London, there is so many.
Just Some Girl with a Mustache (13 days 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 (13 days ago)
Plot twist, Wendover has never been on an airplane or been to an airport.
DMS (13 days ago)
Aser racer (13 days ago)
My favourite airport In the world is London Heathrow it's the biggest and busiess airport in the world
RockPhonic - VLOGS (13 days ago)
by charging £4 for a bottle of water.
ferdymb (13 days ago)
In Philippines, this can be answered in 2 words. Terminal Fee.
Raphael Boulton (13 days ago)
the thing is about small domestic flights from heathrow is that in the UK as a whole we don't really do that and anyway london has 4 other airports (there's also one called london aouthend but its an hour train ride away) all of which are smaller and do more domestic flights
w00borg (14 days ago)
by charging $10 for a bagel
mugshotesp (14 days ago)
I do not agree that people want to go through Heathrow due to how busy it is. They would rather go through a less busy airport. Also rail is much better in the UK than in the US. For origin destination flights, it is easier to take a train in some cases and the LCCs operate at other airports that are not slot constrained.
Nite Ryder (15 days ago)
Thats why Gatwick is stuck wifh small, cheap flights
12,345 subscribers with no videos (16 days ago)
Answer:They make money by selling a cup of coffee for $200
Dhanesh Nair (16 days ago)
Nice video, thanks for the information.
Obihiele Uchendu (16 days ago)
YouTube recommended dis to me. ME: Subscribed (in one heartbeat)
Rocking Rules (17 days ago)
If your trying to get a flight to London from a national airport you could just go to London city airport or Gatwick airport
Venkatesh babu (18 days ago)
Once you port someone of air you die because of air pollution by humans and tickets are free.
Tony Falcon (18 days ago)
If you want to see me repeat old comments, like this one "Featured" Old Comment: Your channel is like a bag of Lays Chips. 90% Air. -Vito C
Knight Lautrec (18 days ago)
I mean Heathrow doesn't need to fly domestic, Gatwicc does all that and is also London based.
狂猫 (19 days ago)
UK airports are poorly connected to each other because the UK is tiny... What's the point in taking hours to travel to and go through airport check in when you could already be there by the time your flight takes off via another mode of transport? You can't compare it to China.
Kart G (19 days ago)
What about Top Gear giving airports millions to use runways.
Lkgpuanimho 0 (19 days ago)
Can you do one for Changi Airport, the best airport in the world? I want to learn how they make money
Naenae Gaming (20 days ago)
7:33 9. Just representing everyone in Bradford (Its called Leeds Bradford Airport for a reason).
Naenae Gaming (4 days ago)
9:27 Eventually Bradford arrives on screen
George Baker (20 days ago)
No flights to the rest of the U.K. doesn't bother many tbh. Heathrow is quite far out of London, so if you want to fly into the capital from the UK or out of the capital to the UK you would use London City airport which is fairly central in the capital.
aloluk (21 days ago)
Charging to drop off people at Manchester Airport!!!!
Theseus (22 days ago)
london is one of the dirtiest place i ve ever visited...
Tejas Chhabra (23 days ago)
Dude.. really thankful for this beautiful and informative video and channel. I regret the time I didn't spend on your channel. I wish you get more views and advertisement money to keep this running and make money off it. Cheers from India!
Mr Potato Peeler (23 days ago)
Why would u fly from Heathrow to Gatwick? U wouldn’t, which is why they operate to so little airports in uk
Erdem Kurucu (24 days ago)
10:07 asin bayraklari arkadaslar
K1F S01 (24 days ago)
Answer answerd at 0:20
Ryan Johnson (26 days ago)
I'd buy something at airports if the prices weren't so insultingly high...
Fall Dog (26 days ago)
The U.S. is much bigger in land area, and therefore much more dependent on air travel, than much geographically smaller countries like the U.K. are. Very few people want, for instance, to take three days nonstop to cross the contiguous U.S. by rail. And while, for instance, a 14-hour rail journey from Penzance to Inverness might be a slog, clearly the premium air travel enjoys over other forms of transport in the U.K. relative to the U.S., at least for domestic travel, is much lower. Therefore it follows that American authorities would be more worried about private companies exploiting a relatively monopolistic hold on the country's large market for long-distance domestic travel.
Basshead808 (28 days ago)
I believe a lot of researching has gone into making this video , respect you for making people informative.
Simon Carroll (28 days ago)
Sydney Australia’s Macquarie Airport is private.
Raymond Torres (28 days ago)
SJU (San Juan, PR) is also privatized.
Taz Sandhu (28 days ago)
Awesome.video, I work at London heathrow looking after radio communications. Heathrow also make money off the workers but they incentives us by giving us discount of the food and drink and one or two other items, two or three times a year they do a staff sale where we are allowed to buy other items at a massive discount price but for me the best thing I get to do is look at planes all day while my friends look at the female cabin crew! 9ah to be young and single again) Terminal 3 current layout which you showed is a massive improvement over the old look which was old and in desperate need of a make over and it is effective. When I am on break I walk through T3 and passengers just can’t help themselves but go and have a look at the duty free. To this day I have never seen a passenger get from security to central seating area with out stopping to look at something in duty free
Damien Anderson (29 days ago)
The UK flights coming out of the airport look bad but London have another 5 airports around which some do a lot more internal frights
Callum Smith (29 days ago)
Your wrong when you say only 4 of the least smallest airports are privately owned. Hial Ltd owns like all those airports 9:30
Wickedd 012 (30 days ago)
Plus what about cargo
Wickedd 012 (30 days ago)
Doesn’t the airport have to pay for companies like Dnata
Snow Diary (30 days ago)
Heathrow is actually building it's third runway which would increase the 657 flights per day you mentioned
Dank Boi (1 month ago)
Where did you get the financial data and information that was used during this video? Not that Id contest it, but Id like the source for my school paper! Thanks!
deltatango (1 month ago)
i think it's more accurate to say LHR has 1300 flight movements a day, rather than 650 flights. "650 flights" is nowhere near being the busiest international airport in the world.
MWB Gaming (1 month ago)
should have mentioned sydney airport, they participate in extortion and extreme profit mongering those slimeballs charge $15 per person to go through sydney airport via the train (plus the train fare from wherever you are going on top of that $15) and that is the cheapest way to get there if you dont want to spend 3 hours on a bus stuck in the ridiculous traffic jams we have here just to go from the city to sydney airport yet the government doesnt impose any sort of penalties for unfair business practices or extortion whereas in adelaide it takes 20 minutes by bus to get to the airport from the city during peak hour and costs about $3 for the bus fare (no extra fees) and the funny thing is despite the fact it makes less money, takes international flights (both arrival and departure) and charges airlines less per flight, adelaide airport actually has better amenities, faster WiFi, more thorough security screening and is easier to navigate than sydney airport i wonder how that works?
3506Dodge (1 month ago)
Most airports in the U.S. are owned by local or state government. They can't make a profit from their operations.
Wickedd 012 (1 month ago)
How much does a large international airport like heathrow cost from the ground up
Muhammed George Ramdev (1 month ago)
Anyone here after Kannur international airport (CNN) inauguration?
Aiden Rae (1 month ago)
Well yuh but you're forgetting that the UK is largely within driving distance. If I want to go from Leeds to London it's a few hours in a car for a fraction of the price. Plus, from Amsterdam, you have to fly over the sea so of course they're gonna go to more cities.
Adam Shrager (1 month ago)
Where do you find all of this information?
Sterling Archer (1 month ago)
so they learn to design their layout from IKEA
will Kelly (1 month ago)
there arent many domestic flights in heathrow because the country isnt really big enough for it.
Hideki Shinichi (1 month ago)
saing that airport run as public wants loose money is deceptive. if public would want to make it run differently then they would PAY for that and it would be profitable
Jose Toral (1 month ago)
Why... why is there a Victoria secret at this airport? 😶
Arjun Radeesh (1 month ago)
Me Alexander (1 month ago)
People are actually debating about making a successful company a nationalized one ? That"s pretty typical for most European countries ,they never know how to grow enough unemployment and use it for welfare already.France also did this stupid move in the 80"s, while the US refused to do this, France ended with a lot of unemployment due to how inefficient the government always is, especially since they live from people"s taxes and don"t have any need beyond that...
Shivkumar Mani (1 month ago)
Excellent video. Very instructive. I am showing this video in my class for Business Students. Thanks a lot
XEvanatorzz (1 month ago)
Great video but as it is in London surely you should do your statistics in pounds
Kyle Calderon (1 month ago)
This is very interesting.. I thought Southwest Airlines owned Chicago's Midway and Dallas's Love Field..
Carts - SDV (1 month ago)
I live in the UK, Gatwick and Heathrow are very close, it makes no sense. In most cases it is quicker to drive to most places inside the UK.
Kyle Selinger (1 month ago)
at 6:04, does it look like ire land is a pig shape looking at England? XD
Xavier Gibes (1 month ago)
I live near Heathrow
James Renner (1 month ago)
I live right near Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, NY. Or as you called it "Newburgh Airport". And yes National Express had more carriers leave than come in at that time, so they sold their lease to NY/NJ Port Authority. They also own LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark Liberty.
Stuf f (2 months ago)
Your saying it wrong do u speak English I do
Mohammad Qassem (2 months ago)
Great video.
Gillian Kilner (2 months ago)
I know where they go WH Smith
RTCMAHL (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Simple by scamming you.
The Supremity Of Estatia Official YouTube Channel! (2 months ago)
Duty Free Annoys Me , My Mum ALWAYS Gets Distracted At Every Duty Free At ANY Airport.
Ted Wood (2 months ago)
“Pay taxes” ah ha. Ah hahah. Stop
Ted Wood (2 months ago)
Do just a little research. They do NOT pay all their taxes
Rocky Dans (2 months ago)
Airplane and train fan (2 months ago)
i thought Newark Airport was owned by Port Authority
L Z (2 months ago)
What about the shops rental? Doesn’t it help the airport to make money?
Paul (18 days ago)
Thats exactly what he meant by retail profi. He just converted it to a per passenger basis.
Kimberly (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Actually all 15 largest UK airports you listed have been fully or partially privatised
Plane Spotter (2 months ago)
He forgot that you can catch a flight from humberside airport to Amsterdam
Funny Z (2 months ago)
8:04 that’s why they have Gatwick
dazz Dingoo (2 months ago)
got a 500 ml bottle of pepsi from dubai airport cost me 4 pounds. dafuq.
Alessandra Arcipe (2 months ago)
Did he forget about singapore’s airport?
biggorilla 121 (2 months ago)
If you want to do domestic flights in Britain from London go to Gatwick
Ayman Ilham (2 months ago)
4:15 they do the exact same thing in Manchester Airport (T1)
Foggierpath 2006 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Why is he using dollars
Matthew Gooding (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
7:45 Amsterdam also fly to Humberside
seb sant (2 months 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