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Runway
Runway.png
Arrival and departure runways.
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Procured? No
Required? Yes

The runway is how planes will land and take off.

Runway Basics[edit | edit source]

The runway is an airport's most integral aircraft infrastructure part as it is the structure that allows for aircraft to land and take off. Runways are placed down as single objects and can be constructed with up to 25 contractors and require 20000 construction energy.

Takeoff and Landing[edit | edit source]

Aircraft that land on the runway will proceed onto to the taxiway and into an available stall, following taxiway nodes. In order for aircraft to depart, a runway entrance is required, which can be placed by going into the aircraft infrastructure and clicking on the button showing a runway with arrows pointing in and out (you can find more on this below). When departing, aircraft will wait at this entrance until the runway is clear for them to enter.

The direction in which aircraft takeoff and land is determined by the direction of the wind, which is not currently visible to the player. Because of this, it may be advantageous to include multiple entrances, so that the aircraft will automatically take the shorter path, rather than taxiing across the entire runway to turn around and take off.

Runway Variations[edit | edit source]

Runways can have three different foundations: Grass, asphalt and concrete. By default, small runways are constructed with a grass foundation but can later be upgraded to asphalt or concrete. While small-sized aircraft can land on a grass runway foundation, medium sized aircraft require an asphalt runway foundation. Runways can also be extended in either direction, this lengthens the runway and allows for larger aircraft to land, as some aircraft models require a certain runway length to land.

The Runway Panel[edit | edit source]

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Clicking on a runway opens the runway panel. The runway panel consists of runway information. The left side of the panel shows the runway information. It shows it’s open/close status, operational costs per day, length, and flights in pattern. The right side of the panel shows toggles to change its operations mode (departures, arrivals, or both) and allowed aircraft types (small aircraft, medium aircraft, large aircraft (not allowed yet), general aviation and commercial flights). The top right of the panel has an input field for the runway’s name, open/close option, upgrades, repair, and demolish.

Runway Entry/Exit[edit | edit source]

Runway entry and exits are attached to the the runway and are required at each end of the runway. They will allow aircraft to enter and exit the runway in a safe manner. They come in grass, asphalt, and concrete, although only asphalt and concrete have angled variants.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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Asphalt runway upgrades.png

The following upgrades are currently available:

  • Extending the runway length in either direction.
    • $10,000 on grass runway.
    • $20,000 on asphalt runway.
  • Upgrading grass runway to asphalt or concrete for a base price of $60,000. If length is extended first, it increases the price by $4,000 for each extension.
  • Build PAPI lights for $500 after upgraded to asphalt or concrete.

Operations[edit | edit source]

Repairs[edit | edit source]

When an aircraft utilizes the runway through either landing or taking off, the runway is exposed to wear and tear. This lowers the runways operational condition and causes it to deteriorate over time to the point at which it will have to be repaired. Repairing a runway is done by opening the runway panel and clicking on the "Repair" button. Additionally, a COO can be hired, and will repair runways automatically.

Operational Costs[edit | edit source]

A grass runway has a base cost of $750 per day. Each extension increases it by $50 per day. An asphalt & concrete runways have a base cost of $1500 per day. Each extension increases it by $100 per hour. The following tables summarize the operation cost at each extension level. Hourly cost rounded by the nearest $.

Runway Hourly Operating Costs ($)
Runway Length (feet) 1969 2100 2231 2362 2493 2624 2755 2886 3017 3148 3279 3410 3541 3672 3803 3934 4065 4196 4327 4458
Runway Length (meters) 600 640 680 720 760 800 840 880 920 960 1000 1040 1080 1120 1160 1200 1240 1280 1320 1360
Grass 750 800 850 900 950 1000 1050 1100 1150 1200 1250 1300 1350 1400 1450 1500 1550 1600 1650 1700
Asphalt/Concrete 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2100 2200 2300 2400 2500 2600 2700 2800 2900 3000 3100 3200 3300 3400
Runway Daily Operating Costs ($) - rounded
Runway Length (feet) 1969 2100 2231 2362 2493 2624 2755 2886 3017 3148 3279 3410 3541 3672 3803 3934 4065 4196 4327 4458
Runway Length (meters) 600 640 680 720 760 800 840 880 920 960 1000 1040 1080 1120 1160 1200 1240 1280 1320 1360
Grass 31 33 35 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 63 65 67 69 71
Asphalt/Concrete 63 67 71 75 79 83 88 92 96 100 104 108 113 117 121 125 129 133 138 142