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Papeete is a small sized city located on a Pacific Island that belongs to French Polynesia. The city has moderate tourism ratings that range from between 100 to 180, but has low business ratings that range from between 50 to 100.

Airport

The default airport here is Faa'a International Airport (PPT).

Strategy

This city is one of the worst places in the game to start in. The island city is one of the most isolated in the world and making connections to this city requires medium and long ranged planes, which can be expensive and not good at all for any growing airline. The city's moderate tourism ratings also makes this place rather unpopular for players to fly to, but there is money to be made by flying in from large cities like Sydney and Santiago using medium sized, long ranged aircraft with a small number of business and first class seats. Competition in this city is unheard of, but should be avoided at all costs as a single competitor can cause an entire route to be no longer economically profitable. Cargo operations in this city should not be run as there is a lack of cities with high business ratings within reach.

Faa'a International Airport almost never achieves a status beyond level 1. Due to this, a player should almost never consider buying over this airport from the national government. Additional airports are also practically useless and building them should also never be an option unless the player wants to privatise the entire airport.

Due to Papeete's location, planes must be able to travel long distances to get here. Examples include the Airbus A330, Boeing 767 or the Ilyushin Il-96-300. However, such aircraft usually has excess and unwanted capacity which makes no money. Using expensive and large capacity planes like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747 will only jack up depreciation instead of making money. Ilyushin IL-62M may also work due to its long range and medium capacity. However, No cargo aircraft are suitable for this city due to its low business ratings and isolation from other airports.

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