Airport Areas

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The Airports DLC added the ability to create special zones called Airport Areas that are similar to other Areas from the Parklife, Industries and Campus DLCs. Previously, airport services were provided by individual buildings (Airport, International Airport, etc.) that do not require an Airport Area, and are still available for use if desired. The Airports expansion allows the player to build sprawling passenger and cargo airports composed of many different buildings.

Creating an Airport Area[edit | edit source]

Airport areas become available at the Boom Town milestone, which is significantly earlier than the ploppable airports, as they don't unlock until the last two milestones.

Creating or enlarging an area is achieved with an area paint brush found in the Districts and Areas menu in the game.

See Districts and Areas for more detailed information on creating an Area.

The Paint Airport Area brush not only defines the airport area, it also levels the painted area and removes the trees. It is important to decide what elevation the airport area will be before starting to create the area. The first point clicked on when beginning to paint the area will determine the area's elevation. Soil will be added or removed as you paint, and may sometimes require the player to either pay to buy or dispose of soil, or manually place it or remove it from somewhere on the map. The Paint Airport Area brush is the only district/area brush with a cost, which depends on how much soil is added/removed.

Airport styles[edit | edit source]

There are 3 different styles you can choose from when building your airport: Classic, Modern and Ultra Modern. Each style has 3 different sizes of terminal buildings, a concourse network, a control tower and a concourse hub with built-in metro for those very large airports, and all 3 style options are available at level 1.[1] If desired, buildings from all three styles may be used in a single airport area.

The more modern the style, the more expensive it is to build and maintain. Classic is the cheapest, followed by Modern, and finally Ultra Modern, which is the most expensive.

As the airport grows, the main terminal can be replaced, or a new terminal can be added while keeping the previous terminal and using them as multiple entrances. Removing the initial terminal will reset the progression of the airport.

Leveling up[edit | edit source]

There are three levels, starting with level one when the airport area is created. Leveling up is achieved by a combination of a count of passengers transported and an attractiveness score. As the Airport Area levels up, new buildings become available. Once leveled up, airport areas do not level down unless the area is removed or all terminals are removed. There are a number of decorative buildings that will increase the attractiveness score.

Cargo Airport assets become available when an airport area reaches level three. These can be built in the existing airport, or used elsewhere in a separate Airport Area. An airport area that is cargo only will always remain at level one, as leveling up is tied to passenger count and not cargo transported.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

The minimum requirements for an airport area to function are:

  • a terminal building
  • a plane stand connected to the terminal (or concourse)
  • a runway
  • a taxiway network that allows planes to travel between the runway and plane stand when arriving and departing

A checklist is shown in place of the info panel before most of these requirements are met.

Terminals[edit | edit source]

All airport areas require at least one terminal building in order to function. There are three different passenger terminals for each style:

Small one-story terminals are the most basic type of terminal. They are available upon founding the airport.

Small two-story terminals are a slightly larger version of the one-story terminals, and have split arrivals and departures. They are also available upon founding the airport.

Large terminals are the largest option, with two stories, split arrivals and departures, and a built-in underground metro station. They are unlocked when the Airport Area reaches level 2. These also have attractiveness values, which depend on how modern the large terminal is.

If a cargo airport is built within an airport area that has a passenger terminal, then a Cargo Airport Terminal is optional. Cargo Aircraft Stands can be placed alongside any road and do not require a connection to a terminal to function.

If a cargo airport is built in an airport area that has no passenger terminal, then it must have a Cargo Airport Terminal. Only cargo trucks can pass through the Cargo Airport Terminal to reach cargo aircraft stands on the inside, blocking passenger cars and other vehicles from driving inside your airport.

Runways[edit | edit source]

Airport areas require runways for planes to be able to take off and land. Runways are one-way only and placed similarly to roads, but once placed, they cannot be altered. Bulldozing a runway gives the player a prompt asking if they wish to demolish the runway, and if the demolition is confirmed, the entire runway is bulldozed. Changing the direction or length requires the removal of the existing runway and redrawing it to the new direction or length. Runways have a minimum length of 50 units, but no maximum length. Runways cannot cross or connect with one another or with roads. Taxiways can only be connected at four points, two located near either end of the runway on either side. One end is an exit from the runway for planes that have landed, and the other end is an entrance to the runway for planes to take off.

Taxiways[edit | edit source]

Taxiways are one-way paths for aircraft to taxi between runways and plane stands. Taxiways are similar to roads, but for plane traffic only, and may be laid out and altered much the same way. Airport decorations such as hangars and fuel storage areas may be placed along taxiways, but aircraft do not have any requirement to be able to reach these buildings.

Plane Stands[edit | edit source]

Plane stands are areas where the aircraft load and unload passengers or cargo.

Plane stands for passengers come in three sizes, small, medium and large and determine the size of plane that will operate there. These stands must be connected to the terminal or concourse.

Cargo plane stands come in only one size, and allow cargo to be transported by cargo planes. These stands may be placed along regular roads or Cargo Airport Roads.

Concourses[edit | edit source]

Concourses are networks that appear like part of the building, and are used to connect airport terminals, concourse hubs and aircraft stands. As it is a network, place a concourse by click and drag, much like placing roads. Concourses must be placed inside an Airport Area on flat terrain.

In addition to Aircraft Stands, the Airline Lounge can be placed on a concourse, and the three public transport buildings Airport Bus Station, Elevated Airport Metro Station and Airport Train Station must be placed on a concourse.

DLC icon airports.png Building Cost
(₡/cell)
Upkeep
(₡/week/cell)
Classic Airport Concourse.png Classic Airport Concourse 90 1.44
Modern Airport Concourse.png Modern Airport Concourse 110 1.76
Ultra Modern Airport Concourse.png Ultra Modern Airport Concourse 130 2.08

Cargo Airport Roads[edit | edit source]

Cargo Airport Roads are special roads optimized for cargo airport traffic.

Medium Cargo Airport Roads are medium-width four-lane roads with utility buildings in the middle.

Large Cargo Airport Roads are wide six-lane roads with two regular lanes, two contraflow lanes, and two loading/unloading lanes.

Decoration Buildings[edit | edit source]

There are various decoration buildings in the Airports DLC. These include hotels, control towers, parked planes, and hangars. These increase the airport’s attractiveness, which determines how many people will use the airport. The control towers come in the aforementioned three styles, and the more modern a control tower is, the more attractiveness it adds. This also applies to concourse hubs and large terminals, which are not decoration buildings. Adjusting the ‘Air Transport’ budget affects the attractiveness values of the decoration buildings.

Airport Cargo Train Station[edit | edit source]

The Airport Cargo Train Station is a cargo train station that is optimized for cargo airports. However, this building can be placed anywhere in your city, as it does not require an Airport Area.

Airport buildings[edit | edit source]

DLC icon airports.png Building Type Level
Unlocked
Cost
(₡)
Upkeep
(₡/week)
Attractiveness Pollution Noise
Pollution
Water
(m3/week)
Electricity
(kW)
Size
(cells)
Notes
Classic Airport Terminal.png Classic Airport Terminal Classic Milestone:
Boom Town
75,000 1,200 0 0 50 240 352 ×
Classic Two-Story Terminal.png Classic Two-Story Terminal Classic Milestone:
Boom Town
80,000 1,280 0 0 50 320 640 × Has split arrivals and departures.
Modern Airport Terminal.png Modern Airport Terminal Modern Milestone:
Boom Town
130,000 2,080 0 0 50 240 352 ×
Modern Two-Story Terminal.png Modern Two-Story Terminal Modern Milestone:
Boom Town
130,000 2,080 0 0 50 160 320 × Has split arrivals and departures.
Ultra Modern Airport Terminal.png Ultra Modern Airport Terminal Ultra Modern Milestone:
Boom Town
170,000 2,720 0 0 50 240 352 ×
Ultra Modern Two-Story Terminal.png Ultra Modern Two-Story Terminal Ultra Modern Milestone:
Boom Town
170,000 2,720 0 0 50 160 320 × Has split arrivals and departures.
Small Hangar.png Small Hangar Decoration Level 1 8,000 80 40 0 50 80 240 ×
Modern Control Tower.png Modern Control Tower Modern Level 1 85,000 1,312 80 0 50 160 160 ×
Budget Hotel.png Budget Airport Hotel Decoration Level 1 50,000 720 40 0 50 240 320 ×
Small Parked Plane 1.png Small Parked Plane Decoration Level 1 3,000 12 20 0 50 0 0 ×
Small Parked Plane 2.png Small Parked Plane Decoration Level 1 3,000 12 20 0 50 0 0 ×
Small Parked Plane 3.png Small Parked Plane Decoration Level 1 3,000 12 20 0 50 0 0 ×
Classic Control Tower.png Classic Control Tower Classic Level 1 65,000 512 60 0 50 160 160 ×
Ultra Modern Control Tower.png Ultra Modern Control Tower Ultra Modern Level 1 105,000 1,440 100 0 50 160 160 ×
Airport Bus Station.png Airport Bus Station Public Transport Level 1 25,000 400 - 0 90 240 400 × Attach to a concourse inside an airport area.
Requires a road connection.
Small Aircraft Stand.png Small Aircraft Stand Stand Level 1 10,000 200 - 0 100 160 160 ×
Large Hangar.png Large Hangar Decoration Level 2 14,000 160 80 0 50 160 480 ×
Luxury Airport Hotel.png Luxury Airport Hotel Decoration Level 2 90,000 128 80 0 50 320 560 ×
Classic Large Terminal.png Classic Large Terminal Classic Level 2 165,000 2,640 80 0 50 320 800 × Has split arrivals and departures, as well as a built-in underground metro station.
Classic Concourse Hub.png Classic Concourse Hub Classic Level 2 80,000 1,280 50 0 50 320 800 × Has a built-in underground metro station.
Modern Large Terminal.png Modern Large Terminal Modern Level 2 215,000 3,440 90 0 50 320 800 × Has split arrivals and departures, as well as a built-in underground metro station.
Modern Concourse Hub.png Modern Concourse Hub Modern Level 2 105,000 1,680 70 0 50 480 1,120 × Has a built-in underground metro station.
Elevated Airport Metro Station.png Elevated Airport Metro Station Public Transport Level 2 30,000 480 - 0 50 192 560 × Attach to a concourse inside an airport area.
Requires a metro connection.
Aviation Fuel Station.png Aviation Fuel Station Decoration Level 2 60,000 480 40 0 50 160 400 ×
Medium Parked Plane 1.png Medium Parked Plane Decoration Level 2 3,500 13 30 0 50 0 0 ×
Medium Parked Plane 2.png Medium Parked Plane Decoration Level 2 3,500 13 30 0 50 0 0 ×
Medium Parked Plane 3.png Medium Parked Plane Decoration Level 2 3,500 13 30 0 50 0 0 ×
Airline Lounge.png Airline Lounge Decoration Level 2 40,000 640 60 0 50 160 320 ×
Ultra Modern Large Terminal.png Ultra Modern Large Terminal Ultra Modern Level 2 280,000 4,480 100 0 50 320 800 × Has split arrivals and departures, as well as a built-in underground metro station.
Ultra Modern Concourse Hub.png Ultra Modern Concourse Hub Ultra Modern Level 2 135,000 2,160 90 0 50 320 960 × Has a built-in underground metro station.
Medium Aircraft Stand.png Medium Aircraft Stand Stand Level 2 15,000 288 - 0 100 160 160 ×
Aviation Museum.png Aviation Museum Miscellaneous Level 3 95,000 1,520 - 0 50 320 1,120 × Unique Building
Entertainment:150
Visitor Capacity: 300
Parked Cargo Plane 1.png Parked Cargo Plane Decoration Level 3 3,800 16 40 0 50 0 0 ×
Parked Cargo Plane 2.png Parked Cargo Plane Decoration Level 3 3,800 16 40 0 50 0 0 ×
Large Parked Plane 1.png Large Parked Plane Decoration Level 3 3,800 16 40 0 50 0 0 ×
Large Parked Plane 2.png Large Parked Plane Decoration Level 3 3,800 16 40 0 50 0 0 ×
Airport Train Station.png Airport Train Station Public Transport Level 3 40,000 640 - 0 115 320 1,040 × Attach to a concourse inside an airport area.
Requires a rail connection.
Cargo Airport Terminal.png Cargo Airport Terminal Air Cargo Level 3 180,000 2,880 0 0 50 800 1,600 ×
Airline Headquarters Building.png Airline Headquarters Building Miscellaneous Level 3 120,000 1,920 - 0 10 160 480 × Unique Building
Entertainment: 50
Large Aircraft Stand.png Large Aircraft Stand Stand Level 3 20,000 400 - 0 100 160 160 ×
Airport Cargo Train Station.png Airport Cargo Train Station Air Cargo Level 3 60,000 1,440 - 0 115 400 1,200 × Can be placed outside of Airport Areas.
Cargo Aircraft Stand.png Cargo Aircraft Stand Air Cargo Level 3 13,000 288 - 0 150 160 160 ×

See also[edit | edit source]

Forum: How to build an airport, CO Avanya (Community Manager at Colossal Order), 2022-01-25.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Forum: Modular Airport Buildings CO Avanya (Community Manager at Colossal Order), 2022-01-12.