How Airports Actually Make Money

How Airports Actually Make Money

Before you fly off to your long-awaited vacay, you have one task: get to your gate without giving in to the airport’s sly ways of separating you from your money! Think you can do it? Well, it all starts in the parking lot. We all know that parking at the airport costs a fortune. Do you know how you can pay less? There’s always a trade-off between cost and convenience.

The airport doesn’t want you to just sit or sleep in the waiting area at your gate until it’s time to board – they want you on your feet and exploring. They don’t announce boarding times until the last minute. Why tell all passengers on a certain flight that they’ll be leaving in an hour when you can cut that warning down to 20-30 minutes so that they spend more time in the stores?

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The parking lot 0:24
Long waiting times 0:44
Limiting liquids 1:18
Airport layout 1:41
“Duty-free” shopping 2:10
Bright Spacious Stores 2:42
Sales, Promos, and Bonuses! 3:07
Self-Service Kiosks 3:47
Carpeted Walkways 4:10
Sample Services 4:34
Limited Wi-Fi 5:00
Pricey Dining 5:33
Strategically Located Walk-through Stores 6:14
Waiting to announce boarding 6:36
A Long Way to the Gate 7:12
Last-minute Offers 7:42
Unexpected Delays 8:04
Currency Exchange 8:38
Souvenir Stores 9:13
VAT Refunds 9:38

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Preview photo credit:
21 June 2018, Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Aerial bird view of Schiphol Amsterdam Airport on a cloudy day. A lot of KLM jets are parked at the gate: By Aerovista Luchtfotografie/,
Animation is created by Bright Side.

– Airports encourage you to arrive early to clear security checks and not miss your flight. But chances are you’ll have loads of free time, so you’ll just end up hanging out in the cafes, shops, and restaurants until boarding time.
– If you’re right-handed like 90% of the population, then you instinctively look to the right as you walk through curves leaning to the left. And before you know it, you find yourself in one of those cool-looking shops on the way.
– You might also find that you’re drawn to the stores with access to direct light. Those big windows everywhere sure help!
– When it comes to walking around the airport, carpets create a calming effect that hard flooring doesn’t. Studies have shown that relaxed passengers spend 7% more at retail stores and 10% more at duty-free.
– Remember that as you’re lying on that massage table getting your muscles smooshed around, you’re vulnerable to all kinds of sales talk about this salon’s other amazing services… that you can get for a price!
– If you want to dine in at a restaurant instead of packing a security-approved lunch, consider coupon sites. Just call the restaurant in advance to confirm they’ll accept it.
– You’ve resisted many temptations, and you’re finally approaching your gate. But what’s that? Last-minute retail offers? No, don’t be so relaxed to the point you end up unexpectedly spending AGAIN when you’re so close to your goal!
– If you’ve got a long delay and it’s time to eat, try to figure out where the airport cafeteria is. I’m talking about the one where employees go. Even if it’s far from your departure gate, it’s still worth it.
– Airport currency exchange booths – how convenient! But you’ll pay the price for such a convenience.
– Don’t rush into that souvenir shop either! Again, wait until you get settled in the city or wherever you’re vacationing.
– Alright, it’s time to head back home from your European vacation. Did you manage to get lots of goodies to bring back home? Those purchases likely included the standard VAT (or Value Added Tax). Don’t forget to go to the VAT Refund Counter at the airport!

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  1. Muaz Legend on September 11, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    I dont go in cars anymore I go in coachs 🚍🚍🚍

  2. Rosalind on September 11, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    I click because the picture on the thumbnail is from Changi Airport Singapore! 😍

  3. Carey Leigh Govender on September 11, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    I am an aviation student and I have learnt about airport concessionaires fair enough they need to make money but you are saying things that are not true. And delays are cost to the airline and it just won’t happen like that.

  4. Resmi 05 on September 11, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    yes i can resist entering those shops

  5. Aussie Gunzel on September 11, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Airports are just shopping centres for tourists.

  6. Paul-Joseph de Werk on September 11, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    I’ve never fallen for those tricks. I may browse but, I rarely buy. If I find something I like, I snap a picture and try to find it, or something similar, on Amazon. As for meals, I eat before I get to the airport, and have snacks with me for layovers.

  7. aruba memon on September 11, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Best YouTube channel to spend hours on😌

  8. Roy Yan on September 11, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    Please upload original content

  9. Syed Omer Akhtar on September 11, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    I have traveled internationally for about one third of my life, fortunately i just browse attractive items in airport shops and buy them from the city i am traveling to. It has happened for a time two when i forget gifts from the family so i had no option but to buy it. And yes, a good playlist helps more than movies. Eyes remain relaxed

  10. Semunata Tube 2 on September 11, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    1like =1 subscribe
    All YouTubers that need help let’s work together!!!

  11. Ss on September 11, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    am I the only one , who notices indian note in video 😂😂

  12. Tanish Goli on September 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    It is so fun to eat and play games at airports like everyone does

  13. Adnan Ali on September 11, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Why does bright side love India so much?? Showing Indian currency exchange

  14. BRIGHT SIDE on September 11, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Hey Brightsiders! What’s your dream travel destination? ✈️

  15. Rox on September 11, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    What normal people see:🥛. what airport security sees:🔫🗡️✴️💥💣

  16. Rox on September 11, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    3:34 Say: sry i am allergic to fragranges

  17. Cat And on September 11, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you God bless

  18. Colt Dawson on September 11, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Most of this money goes to the store not the airport. They get money from airlines. The airlines pay to be able to use their planes at that airport. And To store in hangers and other things.
    This is why you dont trust info from a channel made by 5 minute crafts.

  19. raghunath poojary on September 11, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    This video should have been called,
    How to NOT spend money at airports.

  20. Yogesh Banka on September 11, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Who all don’t have money for boarding a flight😌

  21. madhan emmanuel on September 11, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    but when in amsterdam you can go to airport and buy chocolates and souvenirs because it is cheaper than the price in cities

  22. Nabanita Sinha on September 11, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    I love traveling by airplanes

  23. Nome K on September 11, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    no wifi sine *gets* app with no wifi

  24. Elie Cassir on September 11, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    7:45 u say to urself yes by watching other vid u say saying yes too much triggers ur brain to a No ur so sus

  25. Salin Thomas on September 11, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Mine is Etihad airways from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)

  26. Excited Gamer on September 11, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Anyone out of
    The 10% lefties here!
    Only me , ok

  27. Stand Up For Fathers Rights on September 11, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    This is a great informative video! Thank you for sharing

  28. Utareangara on September 11, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    Sydney, Singapore both have unlimited wifi

  29. Mahendra Babu Rajendran on September 11, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    I’ll just sleep in the waiting lobby untill the operator shouts my name as the last announcement to board the aircraft! 😂😂😂

  30. Man Ray on September 11, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    10:08 😂

  31. Happy Hibiscus🌺 on September 11, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    dude, i love the airport !✈✈✈✈

  32. Ash on September 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    When you keep on seeing the burger and french fries: 👁👄👁

  33. hectorvector on September 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    Did you know that many airport hotels have one of these🚍?

  34. Confuzd on September 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    Yeah but the DDF or Dubai Duty Free is famous for 1000s of products

  35. Rigwell Tech and Games on September 11, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    I have kept this in my watch later videos and finally I have been able to watch it😁

  36. It's Reeah on September 11, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    To be honest though, getting a meal/snacks at the airport it’s just so much more fun I like arriving early because then I am not panicking about getting late. It’s more of a peace of mind thing

  37. Thomas S on September 11, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    For number one you could get a relative to drive you there

  38. hectorvector on September 11, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    In New York, there’s a company called Blade, which offers helicopter service to the airport.

  39. JÖYの貓 on September 11, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    I spent 12$ on a sandwich in Montreal…

  40. Pan Torcha on September 11, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    I am Lefthander so yah

  41. Alman’s study channel on September 11, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    Airport companies : NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    Read more

  42. Angela Cuming on September 11, 2023 at 8:05 pm


  43. Mnetisi Maseko on September 11, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Bright Side Love from Swaziland

  44. Nate McDonagh on September 11, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    You mean the titanic sunk because they did it pay enough taxes ? 😂😂😂

  45. InspiredHits on September 11, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    I usually love Bright Side videos but i must say i was highly disappointed with this one from the plain lack of research… Most of it describes how tenants at the airport make money, not the business model of an airport itself. Airports ACTUALLY make money through both Aeronautical Services and Non-Aeronautical services. Internationally only about 40% of the airport revenue comes from rent or profit-sharing of the commercial activities described here. The bigger chunk of the pie belongs to aeronautical and other revenue including your Fuel Supply,, Air traffic management (Using navigation, surveillance & communication), Ground Service including safety (Landing, parking etc), Baggage Handling (Passengers, Cargo etc), Cargo Facility etc…

  46. Nida on September 11, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Is it just me or is bright side obsessed with airplanes

  47. Kefos Huffington on September 11, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Don’t bother with a monthly fee though your bank for an airport lounges

  48. purple boy on September 11, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for telling the Airport secrets. They just trying to Hustle and make a living sheesh

  49. Corona virus on September 11, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    Is it just me or does the thumbnail look like a miniature world

  50. Farbod Harandi Fasih on September 11, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Cm’n I like shopping in airports

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