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Vivek Prakhar (2 days ago)
Only knew that airline had to pay money to the Airports to land,but there so many more factors.Informative!
Vinoth Madivanan (3 days ago)
Thank you Bendover!
2squares (4 days ago)
they sell a$1.50 hot dog for $3.50, simple as that!!!!
Dan Lewis (5 days ago)
Shit, it's 4am!
globaltraveller (5 days 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 (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
Huh in sweden it is like 5 airports or less
Ace Creg (6 days ago)
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firstly (7 days ago)
forgot to mention Gatwick airport (unless i missed it)... however great docu, thanks
Stephen Taylor (8 days ago)
Easy, they fleece us at every turn!
Bilinmek Istemiyor (9 days ago)
Turkey is building the largest airport in Istanbul. 150 bilyon passenger capacity.
Karim Khaled (10 days 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 (10 days 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 (11 days 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 (11 days 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!!
Damian Simmonds (11 days ago)
I thought Love field was a privately owned Airport by Southwest.
Δημήτρης Χαφακιας (11 days 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 (11 days ago)
Or they could just make it bigger
Yum! Roblox (12 days ago)
Bendover XD
armin anglia (13 days ago)
U.k have 2 more airoports dont need to have flights to other u.k city's
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gabo (16 days ago)
In Dubai airport, cappuccino costs me a whooping €15.00!!!
Tomate Chines (16 days ago)
how stupid need someone be to ask this question?
Prince Gold (17 days ago)
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SebastianAsian (18 days 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 (18 days ago)
worst airport ever... worst airline ever... how can uk people stand it? it feels like its run by americans
fact gasm (18 days ago)
Very good video, kept me watching right till the end.
Tory Kennedy (19 days 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 (20 days 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 (21 days ago)
High wycombe on the map ayyyyyye
Alverant (21 days 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 (19 days ago)
If you want a cheap house, one near an airport is a great option if you dont mind the noise.
Maksim Sics (21 days ago)
Woah a flight every 2.2 minutes...
TWA 1945 studios (22 days ago)
How much does it costs to run Heathrow airport in pounds?
Phil Rabe (23 days 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 (25 days ago)
Forgot to say that LHR is the worst airport in the world
Les Chase (25 days 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 (25 days 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 (25 days ago)
7:45 You forgot Humberside
ian74747 (25 days ago)
What about Changgi Airport?
lenny108 (25 days 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 (26 days 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 (26 days 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 (27 days ago)
That's why you cannot find a single water fountain any where in the airport.. disgusting..
Lava Yuki (27 days 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 (28 days ago)
I suddenly had this question come in to my brain and said Wendover will have it covered!
Fergal Downes (29 days ago)
Howdy mate, extremely good flick that you have here. Nice one.
orenm2103 (29 days 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.
Gabby Levanzin (29 days ago)
talks about a british airport but uses dollars
Takomborerwa M (30 days ago)
ocripcurrent (30 days ago)
Worldwide Shopping Plaza
xorinzor (30 days ago)
I wonder how much Dubai Airport makes per passenger, given that they even sell gold bars from a vending machine xD
Maple Leaf (30 days 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 (1 month ago)
Chicago O’Hare>>>Londons’ Heathrow
Jethro Chan (1 month ago)
How about the Airport which run inner Country Plane? #HongKongDoesNotHaveIt
Unprofessional Gamers (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Zachary (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I’m watching this at 2:26am
Ham Spam (1 month ago)
Watched video
Katrina (1 month ago)
These videos are so interesting. I'm from the Philippines and recently (as in just yesterday) our airport (used to be one of the world's worst airports) had many flights delayed and diverted because of an aircraft skidding off a runway. I wonder what else happens during these times and what are the incurred losses of an airport? A video would be fun!
James Bowen (1 month ago)
Im starting to think this guy likes planes.
Wot Wot (1 month ago)
But money is printed at will. So it doesn't actually matter much how big the numbers you put in.
Drew Seedot (1 month ago)
Can you please make a video on an airport in South Korea? Going there in April and would appreciatd it 😁
basedgod (1 month ago)
my boyfriend thinks ur his long lost twin
Shivam Sharma (1 month ago)
In short, capitalism works, central planning fails.
ricky rian (1 month ago)
how about advertising fee on airport? I've read that airport in my country charge more than 1 million dollars just for 1 ad..
الموت للخمينى ، الموت لإيران (1 month ago)
Visa and mastercard ( how They make Big brefit). Will you do video for thoes cards
Let'sSeeHowLongGoogleWillAllowMeToHaveMyUsername (1 month ago)
what about private planes in Heathrow?
ABM W (1 month ago)
JOSHUA SAMUEL (1 month ago)
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MsYazzzzzz (1 month ago)
Best chanbel I've recently found!
Amit Upadhyay (1 month ago)
Wonderful. So full of information well organized. Would be able to make a video on the business model of airlines? What costs they incur, sources of revenues, threats in business, future opportunities?
Ducati M (1 month ago)
They would make more money in the US if they got rid of all the unions.
PUFFPUFF Pass (1 month ago)
What goes into the charging of higher prices for long-haul flights vs short-haul ones ?
Clay3613 (1 month ago)
Cost of operation seems slight inflated.
Temerator1 (1 month ago)
TV networks, like CNN for example, pay a good chunk to be viewed at Airports also, not mentioning food and merchandise r̶e̶t̶a̶i̶l̶e̶r̶s̶ scammers.
Neil Joebert Senanin (1 month ago)
Dude it would be soo awesome if you make videos about ships
TheCriminalViolin (1 month ago)
This makes me think a lot about our local international airport, PDX (Portland International in Oregon), to which the airport is owned near-entirely by the Port of Portland (who also owns Hillsboro & Troutdale Airports, among other properties in the region), with a sliver owned jointly by METRO (a Regional government, apparently). That being said, PDX is VERY similar in regards to attempt to make as much of a profit off of passengers and people coming in to pick up or drop off their friends and family for flights as they can. A plethora of shops with exorbitant price tags, most are "specialty" shops, cafes and restaurants, and they remodeled it with this Heathrow style in mind, though in a ridiculously smaller capacity (PDX is tiny, and can't really fit many more airlines, and has no space to expand at all, lest they somehow manage to successfully make the public intensely livid by forcing the Columbia river to be filled in. That said, there still wouldn't be much more space AT ALL. Wouldn't put it past our governments though, that's for sure).
paul1mdrn (1 month ago)
They should add gyms and yoga in their airports.
Haks Hustle (1 month ago)
Had to subscribe. Just incredible. Keep the Airline, Airport, Aviation, Aeroplane videos coming man
Haks Hustle (1 month ago)
Love the video especially because Heathrow is my favourite btw they're planning on opening a new terminal (Terminal 6) to increase the amount of flights per day. I think a plan lands or takes off about every 45 seconds so they're trying to add another terminal to increase their profits rather than depend on airlines to build larger plans with a great capacity but other than that love the video man.
Aaryan Sattani (1 month ago)
this should be called how Heathrow makes moneu
15,000 Klicks & Home (1 month ago)
When you fly... See you next time when we describe what the post office does.
The Original ONION (1 month ago)
julini (1 month ago)
Where do you get this stuff?
John Flaherty (1 month ago)
Did I understand you correctly that there are any privately owned commercial airports in the US? I would be very surprised by that. As noted, they're not cheap to run. Incidentally, while I admit I haven't flown in some time--not being in the Air Force any longer had a BIG impact there--I recall rarely buying much in airports. Most airports I've been through had shops which struck me as being well-overpriced for everything. If I ever manage to travel much again, I expect I will only spend money of rental cars and road maps. I can buy everything else at better prices elsewhere.
Bigg Jobag (1 month ago)
When you’re discussing disadvantages of Heathrow running domestic flights, don’t forget that due to the size of the country, it is almost always faster to drive or use buses or trains than it is to fly within the U.K., and from most English cities the cost of a train ticket to London is comparable or less than the cost of a plane ticket.
creamy0bear (1 month ago)
I don't think heathrow was a good example since you mentioned most airports are gov't owned, yet heathrow the gov't has no stake? seems more like an exception than the rule
RyanC (1 month ago)
makes sense why RyanAir fly into airports in the middle of no where
Santiago De Caprio (1 month ago)
I love your videos!! Thank you for making such interesting content👏🏾
Nicolas Test (1 month ago)
if you remove the train part, it means Heathrow and Paris make roughly the same money per passenger on retail
GamingStreams (1 month ago)
Thumbnail change?
Francis Berewa (1 month ago)
do you have a podcast? i love this channel
Wicchi (1 month ago)
My favourite videos are the ones about aviation. I truly and wholeheartedly love your channel! Ahhahaha
Teddy 97 (1 month ago)
But how are they going to attract bigger planes when apparently large aircrafts with four engines are going out of fashion? If they don't serve connections from smaller airports in Britain, won't Airlines eventually install direct connections, even transatlantic, especially since fees at smaller airports are so much lower? I bet that Heathrow currently makes tons of money from passengers who need to connect through those few 'hubs' in Western Europe in oder to cross over the ocean. And if those connections to smaller destinations fall flat, airlines won't be able to fill up their gigantic aircrafts (that make up the bulk of Heathrow's income) anyways.
magnetiktrax (1 month ago)
How do airports make money? They sell sandwiches for $20 :-D
Idrankyourcoffeewhileyouwerereadingmyusername (1 month ago)
They might be one of the busiest airports in the world but damn they could be also be the one of the ugliest airports in the world!
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F3LIXTH3G4M3R (1 month ago)
Poor class airplane station: 16 thousand to pass 1st class airplane station: 1 bit coin to pass
Nicolas Xu (1 month ago)
this is such a great video !