Managua is a small to medium sized city located in Nicaragua. The city is the capital and only city in Nicaragua in the game. Managua has moderate business ratings that range from between 150 and 220, but have lower tourism ratings that range from between 100 and 180.
The default airport here is Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).
The airport was opened in 1968 and was renamed multiple times throughout the years. When it first commenced operations, it was known as Las Mercedes Airport. It was later renamed Augusto C. Sandino, a Nicaraguan revolutionary and leader of a rebellion against United States occupation in 1927 and 1933, International Airport in the 1980s. The name was changed to Managua International Airport in 2001 before finally adopting the current name in 2007 by President Daniel Ortega.
Managua's lukewarm ratings do not make this place very popular with players, but airlines do make routes to this city. Competition is light but the city can barely sustain it. Hence, players should be prepared to suspend routes if necessary. Because operating out of this city requires some expertise, beginners are not advised to start here as the moderate ratings makes it difficult for an inexperienced player to grow his blooming airline. Despite the downsides, the city does have one good advantage over other similar cities. Managua's location puts it in a great spot to make routes to. Flights to cities in North America (e.g. Houston, Los Angeles and Denver) and South America (e.g. Santiago, Lima and Sao Paulo) can make a decent income, especially cargo routes.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport usually never upgrades beyond its initial status of level 2 due to lack of slot demand. As such, buying this airport from the national government is not recommended as profits will never be worth the 60 credits used to procure it. Additional airports are rendered useless and also should never be considered by players for construction unless airlines wish to privatise it for their own personal use.
Flying large planes here is not advised for both cargo and passenger routes due to the high maintenance that can induce high depreciation. For cargo or passenger flights to large sized cities, use medium capacity planes with a high satisfaction like the Boeing 787, Airbus A310 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. When flying to small or medium sized cities, small capacity planes such as the Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and the Bombardier CSeries are good choices as such planes have a lower cost per passenger compared to larger planes and can, hence, minimise depreciation.