Sean Bond Intl. Airport- potential for future gateway to new continents?

Posted by Ernestpcosby on 28 May 2017 in English (English)

In working with Quentinsburgh recently and doing some major overhauls, I noticed something about the city's Sean Bond International Airport.

At this time, there isn't too much reason for SBD Intl. to be a major intercontinental hub. Sean Bond International is the primary gateway to all of Freedemia, and there does seem to be a good amount of tourism and connections. However, at this moment there isn't much need other than travel to Freedemia (and I guess arguably Nature and Narghana).

However, looking at the OGF:Where to Fly page, I discovered something very important about Quentinsburgh's SBD Intl. Airport's location-

Sean Bond International Airport appears to be the most logical gateway to the new continents across the Hesperic Ocean.

Quentinsburgh seems to be the furthest west major city in the developed continents. It seems to be the furthest west major airport, the closest point to Kartumia, and home to a major airport already acting as an international major hub.

I know that this would be a very distant future, but I want to make sure I understand what I can do to take advantage of this potential.

What do I need to do to prepare for that point? I've done a bit to try to improve the runways and taxiways, and I've "planned" a new terminal D but I'm deliberately leaving it undone so that I can work on it when I know more.

I don't mean to jump the gun, and I know these continents won't be open for a long time. But I know that Sean Bond International Airport (potentially Sean Bond Intercontinental Airport? ;) ) has massive potential to be an intercontinental hub and I don't want to take that lightly.

Comment from Myrcia on 28 May 2017 at 05:50

This is a really interesting question. I could see Myrcia developing as a kind of Reykjavik-like hub for low-cost carriers across the Hesperic but I haven't made that the case in the wiki or in my mapping. I really don't know what the right answer is to this.

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Comment from Cauldron on 28 May 2017 at 13:25

Ignoring the opportunity to build a bigger airport in preparation for future intercontinental travel could make your city more interesting in the long run. Then when those continents do start to become developed you would have to try and find space for more airport facilities somewhere else in your city, which could lead to some interesting planning options: do you have a bigger out-of-town airport? Do you have two airports, or make a larger one elsewhere and replace the newer one with housing or a park, giving your city an interesting bit of history? Do you try to jam another runway into the existing airport and beef up its transport links, working around the space that has built up around the airport in the meantime?

Approaching it in that way seems more true to real-world urban planning, where people don't usually have the luxury of planning ahead, and end up with messy but interesting solutions later on.

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 28 May 2017 at 19:49

@Cauldron, that's a good point, and an interesting idea, and that gives me a pretty firm idea that I shouldn't do too much more than what I'd already considered to redo the existing SBD Intl. for the sake of realism. But in real lif wouldn't there be at least the understanding that the other continents exist though? I understand not being able to plan ahead for the actual amount of air traffic or the destinations but if it's a major city with a major airport it seems like an understanding of location and potential would still play a part?

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Comment from Thunderbird on 28 May 2017 at 21:23

A very good point. Also keep in mind that the Quentinsburgh metro is one of the largest metro areas on that coast, if not the largest in population. There is already very high demand for flights there. I could see planning for it to become an intercontinental hub, similar to Atlanta.

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Comment from Portopolis on 29 May 2017 at 15:23

I thought Graham city was the largest on that coast, unless your decreasing it's size. Also what about Paxtar's cities or would they not count since their a hundred miles+ east of Quentinsburgh?

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 29 May 2017 at 15:41

I think you'd do the right thing by leaving the new terminal as 'under construction' for the present. Looks pretty good to me.

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 29 May 2017 at 19:44

@Portopolis, Graham City has been largely been shrunk. It was originally just a NYC clone (like OGF doesn't already have enough of those XD XD) so I plan on completely redoing it at some point. I shrunk the population to a little over a million due to the masses leaving when the financial crisis broke out, though it once was about 5 million when Quentinsburgh was still about 3 million, so at one point it would have been the largest city. Graham doesn't even have any international flights at this time, and their airport is supposedly suffering and on the verge of closing other than a few remaining FreedemiAir domestic flights with small planes that fly in daily.

Paxtar's cities are significantly further southeast of me from what I've seen, including having moved countries to move further down the coast a while back. I have no desire to prevent those cities from being hubs as well. Obviously Quentinsburgh won't be the only hub on the west coast, but it does seem to be the one in the strongest position.

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 29 May 2017 at 19:52

@Udi, I think you're right. I plan to leave SBD as is for the time being. I have fixed up Walter Sanderson International in Mathersboro a bit, but that one is also partially still under construction.

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