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Runway

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Runway
Runway.png
Arrival and departure runways.
Infomation
Procured? No
Required? Yes
Sizes
Small 75x5
Medium 105x5
Large 151x7


Runways are used by planes to take off and land at your airport. Runways must be connected to a Stand using Runway Entrances/Exits and Taxiways. They are placed as a single object and can be constructed with up to 25 contractors and require 20000 construction energy.

Runways come in three sizes: small, medium and large, and each aircraft type requires the same size runway or larger. The small runway comes in three materials (grass, asphalt, and concrete) and can be upgraded between the three types. At the beginning of the game it may be built in either the grass or asphalt variant. Medium and Large runways are unlocked by the Medium and Large Aircraft Permit R&D Projects respectively. Runways may be upgraded to concrete after completing the Structural Engineering R&D Project.

Takeoffs and Landings[edit | edit source]

Aircraft that land on the runway will proceed onto to the taxiway and into an available stand, following taxiway nodes. In order for aircraft to depart, a runway entrance is required, which is found in the aircraft infrastructure panel next to the runway icon. 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 visible to the player in the weather panel. 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.

The Runway Panel[edit | edit source]

Runway panel in Alpha 32

Clicking on a runway opens the runway panel, which shows various information about the selected runway. 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), allowed aircraft types (small aircraft, medium aircraft, large aircraft, general aviation and commercial flights), and if the aircraft use the same or type specific positions. The top right of the panel has an input field for the runway’s name, open/close option, upgrades, repair, and demolish.



Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Currently, a runway must be demolished to upgrade to a larger size. The following upgrades are currently available as of Alpha 34:

Small Runways
Upgrade Name Cost On Grass Cost On Asphalt Cost On Concrete Requirements
Convert to Grass - $30,000 $40,000
Upgrade to Asphalt $50,000 - $40,000
Upgrade to Concrete $100,000 $50,000 - Structural Engineering
Add PAPI Lights - $500 each $500 Each Asphalt or Concrete Runway
Add Approach Lights - $10,000 $10,000 Advance Runway Lighting

Asphalt or Concrete Runway

Remove Approach Lights - $1,000 $1,000 Approach Lights added
Medium Runways
Upgrade Name Cost On Asphalt Cost On Concrete Requirements
Upgrade to Asphalt - $40,000
Upgrade to Concrete $50,000 - Structural Engineering
Add PAPI Lights $500 each $500 Each Asphalt or Concrete Runway
Add Approach Lights $10,000 $10,000 Advance Runway Lighting

Asphalt or Concrete Runway

Remove Approach Lights $1,000 $1,000 Approach Lights added
Upgrade Name Cost On Asphalt Cost On Concrete Requirements
Upgrade to Asphalt - $200,000
Upgrade to Concrete $250,000 - Structural Engineering
Add PAPI Lights $500 each $500 Each Asphalt or Concrete Runway
Add Approach Lights $10,000 $10,000 Advance Runway Lighting

Asphalt or Concrete Runway

Remove Approach Lights $1,000 $1,000 Approach Lights added

Operations[edit | edit source]

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 are required for aircraft to enter and exit the runway. They come in grass, asphalt, and concrete types, with the only asphalt and concrete having angled variants. For medium and large runways, it is recommended to place these at entry points along the runway for smaller aircraft to increase efficiency, as they don't use up as much runway.

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]

The cost to operate a runway decreases with each material upgrade, but increases with the size of the runway. Runways with a higher quality material have a better durability.

Hourly Operational Costs
Small Medium Large
Grass $300 n/a n/a
Asphalt $200 $667 $3,333
Concrete $171 $571 $2,857

History[edit | edit source]

Before Alpha 33 small runways were constructed by default with a grass foundation but could later be upgraded to asphalt or concrete. While small-sized aircraft can land on a grass runway foundation, medium sized aircraft required an asphalt runway foundation. As of Alpha 33, runways cannot be extended. Instead, 3 differently sized runways are available: Small, Medium, and Large, which allow airplanes of corresponding size to land at them. Save files from previous versions had their runways converted to the new format based on their length.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Before Alpha 33 a runway could be extended or upgraded to a different material in the upgrade screen.

  • 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.

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