Microsoft Flight Simulator: Every Airport In The Game – Release Date, Graphics & More

The latest entry in the series will feature more than 37,000 airports – all rendered in incredible detail.

by Talal Musa
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Microsoft Flight Simulator is set to feature every airport in the world.

Yes, you heard that right – Flight Simulator will have more than 37,000 airports marked on the map, according to its developer Asobo Studio.

So, what are they?

Don’t worry, we’re not going to list all of them, but we have picked 30 of the biggest ones, based on how busy there are, that’ll be in the game for sure.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Flight Simulator 2020 airports

Airport LocationCountry
United States Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International AirportAtlanta, GeorgiaUnited States
China Beijing Capital International AirportChaoyang-Shunyi, BeijingChina
United States Los Angeles International AirportLos Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States
Japan Tokyo Haneda AirportOta, TokyoJapan
United Arab Emirates Dubai International AirportGarhoud, DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
United States O’Hare International AirportChicago, IllinoisUnited States
United Kingdom London Heathrow AirportHillingdon, LondonUnited Kingdom
China Shanghai Pudong International AirportPudong, ShanghaiChina
Hong Kong Hong Kong International AirportChek Lap Kok, Islands, New TerritoriesHong Kong SAR, China
France Paris-Charles de Gaulle AirportRoissy-en-France, Île-de-FranceFrance
United States Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportDallas-Fort Worth, TexasUnited States
China Guangzhou Baiyun International AirportBaiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, GuangdongChina
South Korea Seoul Incheon International AirportIncheonRepublic of Korea
Netherlands Amsterdam Airport SchipholHaarlemmermeer, North HollandThe Netherlands
Germany Frankfurt AirportFrankfurt, HesseGermany
Singapore Singapore Changi AirportChangi, East RegionSingapore
Thailand Suvarnabhumi AirportBang Phli, Samut PrakanThailand
United States Denver International AirportDenver, ColoradoUnited States
India Indira Gandhi International AirportDelhiIndia
Indonesia Soekarno–Hatta International AirportTangerang, BantenIndonesia
United States John F. Kennedy International AirportQueens, New York, New YorkUnited States
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International AirportSepang, SelangorMalaysia
Spain Madrid Barajas AirportBarajas, MadridSpain
United States San Francisco International AirportSan Mateo County, CaliforniaUnited States
China Chengdu Shuangliu International AirportShuangliu-Wuhou, Chengdu, SichuanChina
China Shenzhen Bao’an International AirportBao’an, Shenzhen, GuangdongChina
United States Orlando International AirportOrlando, FloridaUnited States
United States McCarran International AirportLas Vegas, NevadaUnited States
Spain Barcelona–El Prat AirportBarcelonaSpain
Canada Toronto Pearson International AirportMississauga, OntarioCanada

Graphics

Where to start?

The game will be powered by Asobo’s in-house engine – and use Bing Maps data and Azure AI to generate photorealistic scans of buildings and the environments.

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There will also be realistic weather and physics systems – which ill affect aircraft behaviour.

Real world data will be used, so if it’s raining somewhere in the world, it’ll rain in that area in the game. Roads and airports will also be fully populated.

A flight model engine allows for all 3D forces and moments to be fully simulated.

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When it comes to airports, the developers used a three-step process to render them in-game. They first used a Bing aerial map, before defining surfaces and applying post-processing.

Other details, such as windsocks that blow in the wind, and luggage being loaded on to planes help add to the level of realism.

Release date

There’s no concrete release date as yet, but what we do know is that it’s not coming to the PS4 (Sorry, guys).

Flight Sim is an Xbox and PC exclusive – and certainly looks like it’ll make its way on to the Series X.

We’ll let you know when it lands!


Talal Musa