Is Your Flight Late? Have A Massage

Privatized European airports are making big bucks--and deals

Travelers don't just hop on or off planes at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. They can also entertain themselves by shooting craps in a plush casino, relaxing with a shiatsu massage, or dining on Indonesian rijsttafel. By going the extra step to please customers, the airport earned a tidy $118 million last year on sales of $570 million for Schiphol Group, the state-owned company that runs it. No wonder the Dutch government is preparing to value the company at around $2 billion and float it on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange within the next few months.

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