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From my experience in busy airspace (Chicago, New York, San Francisco), ATC will ask you to maintain a specific speed until the final approach fix. Usually this speed is faster than what you'd ideally be doing at that position. After the FAF, you can slow to the appropriate final approach speed. It's true that approach speeds vary depending on weight and ...


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ATC can not only ask for a minimum speed, but rather instruct each aircraft to (more or less) exactly fly at a particular speed. This is essential for maintaining separation. It is the duty of the pilot to evaluate if it is safe to comply with this restriction. In case the aircraft cannot fly as slow as asked for, the pilot can simply reply UNABLE and ATC ...


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Simply put, a lot of airports, especially ones that are Class B (very busy), will have multiple control towers. Most of the time, there is a single operational control tower focused on departures/arrivals into the airport environment with one or multiple smaller ground control towers focused on ground movement area coordination. I hope this helps!


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In the United States, there is only one privately owned and operated airport with scheduled commercial service: Branson, MO, which only has seasonal service to three other destinations. The vast majority of airports in the United States are at least publicly owned, and many (the majority, I believe) are publicly operated as well. The fact that airports in ...


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Speaking of Sheremetyevo to continue @Bianfable answer, as of 23 April 2019: 66% are held by Sheremetyevo Holding which it turn is owned by an offshore cypriot TPS Avia Holding. TPS Avia Holding in turn: 65,22% are held by trust of Ponomaryenko abd Skorobogatko families and 34,78% Arkadiy Rotenberg. While that seems to be private owners, they are tightly ...


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Don't forget Punta Cana Airport, Dominican Republic. It was one of the first privately owned airports in the world.


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Building an airport is a very expensive endeavor and usually involves government subsidies or is completely done by the local government. In recent decades, most government owned airports in Europe have however been transformed into companies that both own and operate the airport, usually with the government as initial owner of this company. Since this ...


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In New Zealand both Auckland and Wellington airports are privately owned. In both cases the local government have a non-majority shareholding which provides a fig leaf of representation but in reality nothing other than sincecures for local politicians . They are de-facto monopolies for the region they serve and manifest the types of behaviour you would ...


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The major Australian airports were all privatized from the late 1990's. Smaller regional airports are still usually council-owned and operated.


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London Heathrow (LHR) is owned by a private company, Heathrow Airport Holdings. I'm sure there are many other examples around the world.


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Ground crew are typically employed by a handling agency, which is a company dedicated to performing ground handling of aircraft (exactly the things you describe). Some airports have several different handling agencies. Have you ever noticed, when waiting for your luggage to arrive at an airport, that there are several different help desks to choose from, ...


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A private airport, should local legislation not permit impoundment, can simply deny the aircraft the services necessary for takeoff, such as ground handling, fuel or ATC -services. In (the likely) case these services are provided by a (sub)contractor, the airport can simply forbid the contractor from providing these services. The company facing the ...


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Yes, at least if the airport is city owned (or owned by a municipality). For example Philadelphia's airports are city owned and they have landing fees as well as default repercussions 1.05. Payments Non-tenant Air Carriers and Operators not providing adequate surety or security in form and amount satisfactory to the Department of Commerce, to ...


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