How Airports Make Money

  • Published: 17 July 2018
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    Animation by Bard Edlund
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    Special thanks to Patreon supporters James McIntosh, Braam Snyman, Harry Handel, KyQuan Phong, Kelly J Knight, Robin Pulkkinen, Sheldon Zhao, Nader Farzan, James Hughes, Ken Lee, Victor Zimmer, Dylan Benson, Simenn Nerlier, Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Qui Le, Chris Barker, Andrew J Thom, Keith Bopp, Alec M Watson, Chris Allen, John & Becki Johnston, Connor J Smith, Arkadiy Kulev, Eyal Matsliah, Joseph Bull, Hank Green, and Plinio Correa

    Lufthansa Cargo shot courtesy Lufthansa Cargo
    Heathrow t5 exterior shot courtesy Isea Swarm
    Heathrow check-in shot courtesy Travel Collector
    Heathrow ATC tower shot courtesy Tony Hisgett
    Heathrow bus shot courtesy Ed Webster
    Heathrow t2 interior shot courtesy Diliff
    Heathrow connections shot courtesy Terminal 5 Insider
    The 5 Tuns shot courtesy Ewan Munro
    Harrods shot courtesy MaryG90
    a380 pushback shot courtesy Saad Sarfraz Sheikh
    747 landing footage courtesy Umar Mansoor

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Comments • 2 766

  • NhatAnh0475
    NhatAnh0475  3 days back

    8:20 Where is that place? It look familiar.

    • Dylan Shramko
      Dylan Shramko  6 days back

      0:29 *Anchorage*

      • Joshua Walton
        Joshua Walton  2 weeks back

        Amazing and awesome video

        • onewhosaysgoose
          onewhosaysgoose  2 weeks back

          This explains why London Heathrow was my worst airport experience except maybe Chuuk.

          • mina Suddith03
            mina Suddith03  2 weeks back

            If you are need I money I want to meet.Jeffy 1225-306-1914

            • Arnold J Rimmer BSC
              Arnold J Rimmer BSC  3 weeks back

              I've never been to an airport where you don't have to walk through duty free?

              • Ace Hardy
                Ace Hardy  3 weeks back


                • Eloise Murrey
                  Eloise Murrey  3 weeks back

                  Considering most of the video is about Heathrow it makes it more confusing than usual that is in dollars 😭😭 Surely most of the people that view this channel can't be from one country so just talk about it in the currency from the relevant country, the world is so much bigger than the USA

                  • Random Stuff
                    Random Stuff  1 days back

                    Because the dollar is the most used unit of currency in the world.

                • Dan the man
                  Dan the man  3 weeks back

                  You do understand that you can't just take one flight and get to Australia you need a stopover somewhere

                  • imcanada
                    imcanada  3 weeks back

                    0:40 kinda looks like the bottom of an icelandair aircraft

                  • Southern Boy
                    Southern Boy  3 weeks back

                    Thank you Wendover for this video!!! Now it makes sense as to why I needed to transit through Amsterdam when I wanted to fly from London to Manchester. #notkidding.

                    • mike
                      mike  4 weeks back

                      Nice info. I am an Avid traveler. My opinion Worst airport - Frankfurt. Employees treat travelers like thrash. Best Airport - Indira Gandhi International Airport , Delhi India. Travelers are treated like Kings. Food court is awesome , shopping to fantastic, and believe me it is the cleanest.

                      • Lone Wolf
                        Lone Wolf  4 weeks back

                        After waiting two hours for a flight paying 5 bucks for a .33 soda seems agreeable :)

                        • Azaz Jan
                          Azaz Jan  4 weeks back

                          Are government owned airports or private airports more profitable for the country

                          • Erdi Shehu
                            Erdi Shehu  4 weeks back

                            lol I got an Air Canada ad

                            • Mia Pole
                              Mia Pole  4 weeks back

                              How do airports not make money? Cheeky sods make you pay for anything and everything

                              • Mo Playz
                                Mo Playz  1 months back

                                One worker salary is 76,000

                                • Cathy Proctor
                                  Cathy Proctor  1 months back

                                  I live in Amarillo TX, I don't know how the airport makes any money, they have a small bar, no retail.

                                  • Akashdeep Kundu
                                    Akashdeep Kundu  1 months back

                                    This is an amazing channel to understand airlines business love it ☁️

                                    • Ryben Flynn
                                      Ryben Flynn  1 months back

                                      Airlines pay a fee to use the airport.

                                      • Jewel Gamers
                                        Jewel Gamers  1 months back

                                        What ping this feels like dajavo

                                        • Albert Calis
                                          Albert Calis  1 months back

                                          The only thing I ever buy at an airport is food to eat at a sit-down restaurant, that way I won't be hungry on flights and have to subject myself to bad airline food.

                                          • Parsa's Life
                                            Parsa's Life  1 months back

                                            U didn’t mention that a huge source of their profit comes from flight refunds as they refund a little bit of the money

                                            • LFC9627
                                              LFC9627  1 months back

                                              Parsa's Life and flight delays because airlines get charged for every minute there in the tarmac

                                          • uncriticalsimon
                                            uncriticalsimon  1 months back

                                            Also, although technically Stansted and East Midlands are "municipal", the municipality is Manchester which isn't near either.

                                            • Tipsy Mite
                                              Tipsy Mite  2 months back

                                              Ok so I live in the UK and I've been to Heathrow loads? there are loads of other Airports in London that can take you to the uk airports, people dont care that Heathrow doesnt have much travel to the UK (but those 8 airports are the main ones anyway) and it makes loads of money as you say. Very impressive

                                              • Paramendra Kumar Bhagat
                                                Paramendra Kumar Bhagat  2 months back


                                                • Airborne Sapper
                                                  Airborne Sapper  2 months back

                                                  Awesome make security check in as quick as possible so people spend more time at the airport making them spend more... seems like security is second on the list in priority

                                                  • Tom Williams
                                                    Tom Williams  2 months back

                                                    You have to remember though that Heathrow is fairly central in the UK there isn’t much point running 10-20 minute flights, take London stansted airport for example, stansted is only (roughly) 42 miles from Heathrow. It makes a lot of sense for Amsterdam to have flights to different parts of the UK because it’s quickest and (usually) cheaper to fly from Amsterdam too Heathrow, it’s expensive and inefficient to run flights nationally which is why Heathrow only runs a certain amount.

                                                    • Alix Night
                                                      Alix Night  2 months back

                                                      There's four airports in London, no one needs to go through Heathrow

                                                      • Eric Herold
                                                        Eric Herold  2 months back

                                                        I feel like you should change the title to "The Economics of Airports"

                                                        • Trystan Coe
                                                          Trystan Coe  1 months back

                                                          I feel that title would deter people, as many people see the word economics and thing complex, heavy and dry

                                                      • Happy Smile4life
                                                        Happy Smile4life  2 months back

                                                        7:46 and humberside

                                                        • Me Io
                                                          Me Io  2 months back

                                                          Bassano sei tu?

                                                          • Glenn Goetz
                                                            Glenn Goetz  2 months back

                                                            They rip you off on everything!!!

                                                            • infinitecanadian
                                                              infinitecanadian  2 months back

                                                              That's weird to see that the U.S.A. hasn't privatized airports.

                                                              • Yash Jha
                                                                Yash Jha  2 months back

                                                                SEXUAL CONTENT REPORTED

                                                                • FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

                                                                  It’s the same here in Northern Virginia, Dulles is Heathrow, and Ronald Reagan Airport in District Of Columbia is Amsterdam.

                                                                  • North east aviation
                                                                    North east aviation  2 months back

                                                                    Newcastle yay

                                                                    • Joe O
                                                                      Joe O  2 months back

                                                                      It is called THIEFRO because of landing fees and baggage theft/

                                                                      • raborne Vines
                                                                        raborne Vines  2 months back

                                                                        You are absolutely wrong about heathrow, It doesn't constantly service the 6 inhabited continents. Your number throughout the entire video are wrong and too low by multiples. You are entirely wrong about the privitization of Airports in US. All of them are privately owned because the US Government owns no companies and can't own companies. Stop lying about dumb shit and fact check.

                                                                        • Random Stuff
                                                                          Random Stuff  1 days back

                                                                          And where are your "facts"?
                                                                          And Heathrow does have flights daily to Africa, Asia, North America, south America, Oceania, Europe.

                                                                      • Unique SP
                                                                        Unique SP  2 months back

                                                                        I love flying and airports. My favorite airport is Seattle's Sea Tac. Great food, Nice and big and love to hang out at the delta lounge.

                                                                        • John Anderson
                                                                          John Anderson  2 months back

                                                                          $10 20oz bottled water that's how.

                                                                        • Aidan Brock
                                                                          Aidan Brock  2 months back

                                                                          Why do airports always have the worst restaurants? Like it’s just average ones like wagamamas and pret a manger

                                                                          • Blake Taube
                                                                            Blake Taube  3 months back

                                                                            I just flew to Branson Airport the other day. Literally everyone I heard on the radio except one guy was a student pilot like my self. Hopefully it doesn’t go under.

                                                                            • randomdude69 lol
                                                                              randomdude69 lol  3 months back

                                                                              It may have something to do with charging $7.50 for a donut lmao

                                                                              • Nenad Kralj
                                                                                Nenad Kralj  3 months back

                                                                                8:24 LOVE IT | The best part !!

                                                                                • Joshua Money
                                                                                  Joshua Money  3 months back

                                                                                  Heathrow airport was the worst airport I’ve ever been.

                                                                                  • wow
                                                                                    wow  3 months back

                                                                                    he’s talking about a british airport and still fucking uses dollars

                                                                                    • שקד בר אוריון
                                                                                      שקד בר אוריון  3 months back

                                                                                      They use confiscated water bottels cashback and sell 4 euro 250ml water bottels