In the real world, landing fees are usually structured by weight class of the aircraft. I’d love to see this in action for Airport CEO as well:
- introduce a maximum takeoff weight for runways in addition to the length being the defining factor
- Structure the landing/takeoff fees in accordance with the weight of the aircraft. As an example:
Class 1: light GA (DA-20, Piper Cub, etc.) $200
Class 2: heavy GA (Cessna 172, Cherokee, Archer, etc.) $300
Class 3: multi-engine GA (Seneca, King Air, Baron) $500
Class 4: light commercial (ATR72, B1900, Twotter) $800
Class 5: medium commercial (B737, A320) $1200
Class 6: heavy commercial (B747, A380) $1600
And then - for the sake of my sanity - reduce the wear and tear of the surfaces in accordance with the planes that operate on them. 50 takeoffs of a Cessna 182 shouldn’t wear out a runway to the extend that it’s unusable any more. Please decrease the wear and tear and instead increase the amount of money needed for repairs.
What do you think?