Shanghai is a large city located at the eastern shorelines of China. As a global financial centre, the city boasts very high business and tourism ratings that often exceed 300 or more each. Shanghai will host the 2010 World Exhibition that will last for three months. During that time period, the city will experience a large boom in passenger travel into and out of the city.
Name : Shanghai Pudong International Airport
IATA : PVG
ICAO : ZSPD
Runway : 17L/35R, 16R/34L, 17R/35L, and 16L/34R
Airport Chart : Via Google Drive
Shanghai Pudong International Airport is opened for service on October 1, 1999. Prior to the establishment of Pudong, the main airport into Shanghai was Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Today, Pudong International Airport mainly serves international flights while Hongqiao Airport handles almost all domestic flights into Shanghai.
It is no surprise that Shanghai is one of the most competitive cities in the game due to its very high ratings. As such, beginners are advised not to start here. The city is in a good position to make many profittable routes to other Asian cities(e.g. Singapore and New Delhi). But to gain access to more cities in Europe (e.g. Istanbul and Paris), North America (e.g. Los Angeles and Toronto) and Oceania (e.g. Sydney and Wellington), long ranged aircraft are required. As stated earlier, competition in this city can be very fierce, but Shanghai's ratings allow the city to sustain the routes. Like most major cities with heavy competition, the best routes are probably flights to medium sized cities like Xian, Sendai and Kota Kinabalu as these routes will likely earn more money than routes to large cities with heavy competition.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport will likely achieve maximum slot usage within 10 to 15 years into the game due to the very high demand for slots in the city. As a result, additional airports are often needed to to complement the principal airport and can be built by the national government or other players. Purchasing the primary airport from the government is a wise choice but should be done as soon as possible as many other players are also aware of the huge profits available to whoever owns the airport. Building the second airport is neither encouraged or discouraged as the airport can attain a status as high as a level 7 or will never go beyond a level 4 by the end of the game. However, a player should probably consider this option only if better cities are unavailable.
Like most major cities, flights to large sized cities, for cargo or passenger operations, should utilise planes with a large capacity in addition to having a high satisfaction in order to keep away or have an advantage over competitors. Planes like the Airbus A380, Boeing 747, Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 are great examples. Routes to small and medium sized cities should use aircraft with a medium capacity like the Boeing 707, Airbus A300 and Lockheed L-1011 to service the flights. Small capacity aircraft are not recommended as the huge number of passengers and cargo will easily achieve a 100% occupancy on the planes even during off-peak months. This will result in multiple planes being needed to service the routes and will result in increased maintenance costs and depreciation.
A player can take advantage of the 2010 World Exhibition to boost revenue by adding temporary planes and/or raising prices on all flights into and out of Shanghai during the three months of the Exhibition.