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Author Topic: Passenger Numbers  (Read 284 times)

Offline kr2787

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Passenger Numbers
« on: June 08, 2019, 09:57:46 PM »
Fairly new to the game and was wondering if the passenger demand on routes is likely to increase? For example Emirates bring 3xA380 a day to London Gatwick, yet demand in the game is nowhere near this. I work for an airline out of Gatwick, and again demand in the game doesn’t match real world demand on the 100+ routes we serve from there.

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Re: Passenger Numbers
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2019, 10:35:25 PM »
Fairly new to the game and was wondering if the passenger demand on routes is likely to increase? For example Emirates bring 3xA380 a day to London Gatwick, yet demand in the game is nowhere near this. I work for an airline out of Gatwick, and again demand in the game doesn’t match real world demand on the 100+ routes we serve from there.

The demand in the Beginner Worlds is lowered as there are generally less active players. That being said, the game isn't designed to be a 1-for-1 match with what happens in the real world in a lot of different regards, demand being one of them.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2019, 01:17:54 AM »
There will always need to be some adjustments to this game to make it worth playing. For example, a huge overall demand in the game would probably mean that there aren't even enough players to have it all covered. It would make things fairly easy (and boring). Same for night flight times. There need to be some limits to make the game interesting/challenging/strategically attractive.

Just my thoughts.

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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2019, 05:54:39 AM »
My perception overall is that demand in this game is much higher than in the real world. I think one reason it may seem lower to you is your location - LGW.  Real-life pax. numbers in the UK tend to be heavily skewed towards London, because historically that's where many of the flights were. I'm sure the same is true in other countries too. I don't live in the UK any more but I know many people either travel to London or via other European hubs to catch their flight, as the range of destinations just isn't available regionally.  This probably leads to places like Gatwick having higher numbers in the real world than their 'logical' coverage might suggest.

As an example, in my last big gameworld I was in Turkey, flying out of six airports. By late in the game I was flying just over TWO HUNDRED flights per DAY from those six destinations to the UK! That's an even mix of A320 and A321 at 90% lf so around 34k per day each way, or 13M per year. Bear in mind that I had only 50% of the share in IST and about 60% to 70% elsewhere. So, in reality there were probably at least 20M to 24M pax. each way per year between the UK and Turkey. I'm sure that is quite a bit above the real life figures.  Most of those flights were NOT from London - I was serving 27 UK destinations at least daily and most with double-daily A321. In real life there ar probably only about 12 to 13 places from which you can fly UK-Turkey and most of those will be 2 or 3 times per week.  I had 16 A318s per day from LCY to Turkey! I bet in real life two thirds of those pax. would have departed Gatwick.  32 daily A321 from BOH, SOU, EXT and SEN to Turkey in total - all Gatwick irl.

I know this is just one example, but I've noticed a similar pattern in previous games (I once had bases in LPL and BRS with about 30 long-haul A330 flights per day from each - Japan, China, HKG, India, South America as well as US and Canada. This demand just doesn't exist in the real world).  The point , I suppose, that it doesn't really matter as long as there is a balance that makes the game playable - not too easy and not too hard/boring.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2019, 06:05:03 AM by knobbygb »

Offline Tha_Ape

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Re: Passenger Numbers
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 05:41:13 PM »
Yup, agreed with André, Mort and Knobbygb.

You'll always find issues like the lack of demand between CDG and Africa (around 150 daily to main capital cities) while IRL CDG is the main hub in Europe for Africa serving it with WB. And we all acknowledge the issue. However the global pattern is right, and that's what matters.

 

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