Building airports
Manual Tutorials

Basic tutorial:

Setting up a bus service
Setting up a train service
Setting up a plane service

Advanced railway tutorial:

Two Platforms
Two Tracks
Basic Network

In game tutorial:

In-game tutorial
In-depth Instructions

Railway construction:
Building tracks
Building stations
Building depots
Placing signals
Buying & selling trains
Converting railways
Road construction:
Building roads
Building stations and loading bays
Building depots
Buying & selling road vehicles
Waterways construction:
Building docks
Building depots
Placing buoys
Buying & selling ships
Building locks and canals
Airport construction:
Building airports
Buying & selling aircraft
General construction:
Building bridges
Working with vehicles:
Setting vehicle orders
Refitting vehicles
Replacing vehicles
Grouping vehicles

Airports are used by aircraft to take off, land, load, unload and service. While airports and aircraft are a little expensive to buy, they're fairly easy to use because you don't have to build roads or tracks from one airport to the other. Once you've set up a few air services, aircraft can be quite profitable as well.

In this tutorial you'll learn how to build airports and how to find the best locations to put them.

Small airport at Gahattan Springs

Building an airport

1. Click on the Build Airports button /File/en/Manual/Manual html 1ae92703.png in the main toolbar. This will open the Airport Construction toolbar. Remember, you can right click on any button if you ever want a description of what it does.

The Airport Construction toolbar.

2. Click on the Build Airport button /File/en/Manual/Build airport.png. This will open a new window, the Airport Selection window.

The Airport Selection window.

3. From this window you can select the type of airport you want to build. At the beginning of the game, only the Small Airport is available. (The different types of airports are explained on the Airports page.) For now we're stuck with the Small Airport, so we keep that selected.

4. In order to find a suitable location for the airport, it's useful to enable the Coverage area highlight function.

The Coverage area highlight enabled.

5. If you now move the cursor around the map, some white squares will indicate the future location of the airport. A bunch of purple squares indicate what industry tiles or houses will use your airport.

A location suitable for an airport to be built.

6. If you're happy with the location, just left-click to build the airport (possibly you'll have to terraform a bit first in order to create a suitable location).

7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 in order to build more airports. You need at least two to be able to set up an air service!

Now that you've built your airports, it's time to buy some aircraft. Next: Buying an aircraft »