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Video answers: How airports make money

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

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  1. It’s privately owned so the government doesn’t own it.
  2. The break even point for per passenger revenue at Heathrow is $19 per passenger, or to put it another way, if Heathrow earns $19 per passenger that passes through the airport, they will be able to pay for their costs.
  3. Departing and connecting passengers are more valuable because they have more time to shop.
  4. Passengers spend most at retail stores, which earns Heathrow $5.15 per passenger.
  5. They spend more money because the airport encourages it by requiring passengers to pass through duty free shops before reaching their gates and also by not posting gate number until 45 minutes before a flight, which encourages passengers to stay in the central areas with shops. Finally, because Heathrow has many long-haul flights and a greater proportion of long-haul passengers are wealthier, they naturally spend more money.
  6. The average flight costs $9,500.
  7. On average it receives $29 per ticket.
  8. Because Heathrow needs bigger planes to make more money, it tries to encourage that, as a result it’s poorly connected to other domestic airports around the country.
  9. Most airports lose money because they’re government run and not very focused on making money.
  10. They do this because they see airport connections as having a positive economic benefit that they wouldn’t have without the discount for airlines.

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Video: How airports make money

This week’s video describes how airports make money and why some are more profitable than others.

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

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  1. Who owns Heathrow airport?
  2. What is the break even point for per passenger revenue at Heathrow airport?
  3. Which kinds of passengers are more valuable?
  4. Where in the airport do passengers spend most money?
  5. Why do passengers spend more money at Heathrow airport than at other airports?
  6. What is the average cost for a flight which lands at Heathrow?
  7. What amount of a passenger’s ticket price does Heathrow receive?
  8. What aspect of Heathrow’s operation has a negative impact on domestic flights?
  9. Why do most airports lose money?
  10. Why do smaller airports charge airlines less than it costs to operate the airport?

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How Airports Make Money

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Video answers: ‘Controlling passenger movements in airports’

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  1. They watch for patterns in the movement instead of watching individuals’ movements.
  2. It must be able to get you to your gate in time for boarding.
  3. Business passengers move quickly and directly to their gates while tourists move more slowly and meander to their gates.
  4. Groups of four move more slowly than groups of two. Bigger groups also walk in a ‘v’ formation so that they can talk to each other.
  5. It can cause a ‘traffic jam’ as they both try to pass each other to the same side.

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Video: ‘Controlling passenger movements in airports’

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This week’s video describes how passenger movement is monitored and optimised in modern airports. Watch the video to find out more.

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

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  1. What do passenger flow experts watch for in airports?
  2. What is the most important thing that the airport must do?
  3. In what way do business passengers move differently to tourists?
  4. How do different sized groups move differently?
  5. What happens when an Asian passenger meets a European passenger walking in the opposite direction?

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The week on Twitter

Every week we bring you three of the best aviation stories from around the web.

Huff Post has a story about the world’s 5 craziest airports.

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3D Print talks about Boeing’s increased use of 3D printed parts in its planes.

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And finally, Gizmodo discusses the secret language of airport runways.

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The week on Twitter

Every week we bring you three of the best aviation stories from around the web. This week we put the emphasis on Airbus’ plans to install black boxes that separate from its planes in an accident.

Channel News Asia reports on Airbus’ plans to put floatable black boxes on its planes.

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The Motley Fool debates whether these new black boxes are a realistic alternative to the current black boxes.

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And finally, Designboom talks about new amazing designs for airports coming in 2015.

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