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Nairobi is a medium sized city located in Kenya. The city is the capital and largest city of Kenya and has moderate business and tourism ratings that range from between 100 to 220. The tourism ratings are often slightly higher than the business ratings.

Airport

The default airport here is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).

Trivia

The airport is named after Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president and prime minister. He is considered the founding father of the modern Kenyan nation.

Strategy

Nairobi's lukewarm ratings actually makes it a good city to fly to as a destination from large cities. While the city cannot sustain competition very well, it is very light and not much of a concern for any airlines aiming to fly here. Despite being slightly isolated from many great destinations, many profitable routes to highly rated cities in Africa (e.g. Cape Town and Monrovia), Europe (e.g. Venice and Paris) and sometimes Asia (e.g. Dubai and New Delhi). Getting to some of the cities, however, may require some long ranged planes, which may be difficult to acquire early in the game and often are very expensive. Players must be prudent when deciding on suitable planes for the flights. Beginners are advised not to start here as the city acts better as a destination rather than as a hub due to the moderate ratings, which can limit profits to a significant degree. Players should also be prepared to suspend routes to the city during an economic crisis or when competition on a certain route out of Nairobi gets too intense.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will usually never get upgraded beyond its initial status of level 2 due to poor demand for slots in Nairobi. As such, players are advised to steer clear away from the option of buying over the airport from the national government. This unpopularity of the city with airlines also makes additional airports unnecessary and pointless. Thus, building airports are also strongly not advised and players should consider richer options elsewhere.

As stated earlier, players need to make good judgements when it comes to buying planes for flights to Nairobi. Planes that are too large or too expensive are to be avoided as such aircraft come with high maintenance costs plus large a depreciation rate. For flights to large sized cities, players are advised to use medium capacity planes with a relatively low to medium cost. Ideal examples include the Boeing 757, Airbus A310 and the Lockheed L-1011. When flying to small and medium sized cities, the best planes are the cheap, small capacity types such as the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, Bombardier CSeries and the Embraer E-Jet.

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