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Manchester is a medium to large city located in the UK. The city has high business ratings that often range from between 250 and 350, but have lower tourism ratings that range from between 100 to 200.

Airport

The default airport here is Manchester Airport (MAN).

Strategy

Despite the good ratings, many players do not favour opening a hub in this city as they prefer the nearby highly rated city of London. This causes the city have relatively lower amounts of competition compared with similar sized cities. Players should note, however, that Manchester is not very good at sustaining competition of any kind. Its excellent location in the UK gives Manchester a huge advantage to players starting here compared to many other cities. Flights from Manchester can be made to cities in North America (e.g. Charlotte and Denver), Africa (e.g. Cairo and Monrovia), Asia (e.g. Shanghai and Dubai) and Europe itself (Moscow and Athens). For these reasons, beginners are advised to start here as their airline can grow at a good pace, especially cargo airlines.

Manchester Airport often will achieve maximum slot usage within 20 to 25 years into the game. This makes the airport a great choice for purchase for any players seeking for a national airport around the 1980s and 1990s as huge profits are available for the owner. Because the principal airport cannot meet the slot demand, a second airport is often needed and it can be built by either the national government or any player. However, it is best to leave the construction to the national government as Manchester's unpopularity means any additional airport will likely not attain a status beyond a level 4 or 5.

For cargo flights to large cities, medium to large capacity aircraft of any range are recommended. Ideal examples include the Boeing 707-320F, Airbus A330-200F and Ilyushin IL-96T. For routes to small to medium sized cities, small capacity planes like the Boeing 737F and Airbus A310F are advised. For passenger flights cities of any size, airlines should utilise medium capacity planes like the Boeing 767, Airbus A320 and the Lockheed L-1011. Very large capacity planes like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 should be avoided in order to minimise depreciation as the profits from the route would likely be barely enough to cover the depreciation of the aircraft.

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