NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
Driving home this evening, I heard on a local radio station (KYW 1060 Philadelphia) that state government discussions have commenced, with a view to investigating privatisation of Philadelphia International Airport. The news reporter stated that a 'British firm, with operations in Scotland, Australia and Indianapolis' are said to be interested. By this, I'm guessing she meant BAA; admittedly those tiny regional BAA tin-pot shacks such as Gatwick and Heathrow went unmentioned.
Does anyone have any more info on this? Have BAA taking over operations at Indy and Harrisburg (amongst others) made any great differences or improvements at those sites?
Mr K From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1421 times:
The"Tin Pot" regional shack you call Heathrow,is this the same one that's the world's BUSIEST international airport,or is it some unknown airfield in "Scotland" that few know of ??All the same,if what you've heard about BAA is true,it may not be so bad....some of the airports I've been through in the U.S.,could certainly do with a little fresh blood in the management veins.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
I recall hearing that BAA is in line to take over the management of the various retail contracts at PHL, much in the same way they do at PIT. I've heard that BAA's projects at various US airports have indeed improved those specific services at those airports.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Tullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
BAA are also shareholders in the consortiums which have the long term leases on Melbourne and Launceston airports in Australia. MEL is about 30 times bigger than LST but they bought both as they were sold as a job lot.
NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
Mr K...do you seriously think that I rate LHR and LGW as 'tinpot shacks'? I'm just not up to waving my big red 'Sarcastic Comment Ahead' flag that late at night It was more of a dig at the way the story was presented; sounded like the journalist either didn't do her research, or she was never given all the info about BAA.
Flaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1329 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1373 times:
BAA has done an OUTSTANDING job at PIT and I would suspect that would be one of the driving forces behind any move to privatize one of the worlds greatest examples of a "tin pot shack" at Philthadelphia.