I was wondering what everyone’s favourite in-game airport is and why. What is your style of gameplay and what makes the different airports suitable for your way to play and how so? Which airport do you not like to play as much?
I try to quickly handle my own fleet. At every airport I have just enough planes of every size to serve my connecting partners. For me, the most fun of the game is to watch the airport bustling with a realistic and colourful selection of various airlines. I like to dedicate terminals and apron sections to the main airline of the hub, to alliances or to low cost carriers.
I think I have to say that overall SAN is the airport I like to play most. Mainly due to its short taxiways it’s easy to get a nicely looking and diverse number of aircraft at the gates simultaneously. The taxiways do not cause that much blockage and it’s easy to keep the starting/landing queues managed.
I admit, a downside is the limited number of L stands. That makes it slower to earn money and build a fleet.
Place two and three in my ranking go to IAD and BRI (too close a call to say which is #2). In BRI it’s similarly easy to handle smoothly running operations (despite the annoying fact that planes wait until the previous plane has left the apron before entering it - which can take a while). It’s nice to be able to see all the action in one view, large enough to see all the details.
The two runways in IAD create a nice and steady flow of aircraft, a large number of stands offer a wide and colourful selection of XL and L planes (and even M and S). The design of the airport terminals is a bit boring, though.
I was really looking forward to playing MCT but the large taxi durations leave almost the entire airport empty (similar to PRG). As I love the Oman Air livery I’d like to see that huge terminal lined with planes in green and gold simultaneously. That would be a nice sight!
INN is fun to play for a few minutes, but the short taxiway between the apron and runway cause a quick jam with planes queuing to take-off. That leads me to leaving and re-entering the game frequently to clear the queue.
NGO is probably the airport I play the least. The selection of destinations is a bit too limited for my liking. The taxiing algorithm leads to lots of long waiting times at taxiway intersections.
I’d really like to hear your opinions and your ways to play. Maybe I will try out some of your suggestions.