The Route Management Board (also known as the "Route Administration" in Airline Tycoon 1 or "Route Plan" in Airline Tycoon 2) is where airlines can manage their routes and view their competitor's routes. It is found on the upper or employee-level of the airport terminal and its shortcut key is: R.
In Airline Tycoon, the Route Administration can be found to the right of the Airport Manager's office, to the left of Phoenix Travel's main office, just above the Duty-Free Shop. The Route Administration screen consists of four main parts: a list along the right side; a map; a white, square piece of paper held by red and green paperclips; and a smaller, square piece of paper with portraits of your character and his/her competitors.
The long sheet of paper on the right has three tabs along the bottom. Hover your cursor over a route for more information about it and click on it to rent it. Click on the first tab on the left (with the picture of the map) to see a full list of routes available in the game. Greyed-out routes are those that you cannot rent at the moment, routes in black can be rented, and routes with a check-mark indicate routes that your airline is currently renting. Click on the middle tab (with the question mark) to see all the routes that you can rent but that you don't currently rent. Click on the the tab on the right to see the routes that you are currently renting.
The map is a graphical depiction of everything on the list, where each line represents a route. Hover your cursor over a line for more information about the route and click on one to rent it. Grey lines indicate routes that you cannot rent at the moment, white lines indicate routes that can be rented, and red/green/blue/yellow lines indicate routes that your airline (and your competition) is currently renting.
The square piece of white paper on the bottom left of the screen will show details about a route when you hover your cursor over a route for details. It will show:
- The name of each of the two cities constituting the route
- The Distance between the cities (in kilometers)
- The Daily Requirement - e.g. average demand
- The Current Requirement - e.g. current demand
- The Rent - the amount to be paid to rent the route
For any route rented by your airline or a competing airline, this piece of paper will also show the "Capacity-use," and "Tenants" and their rankings. Capacity-use (also known as Route-capacity) is the percentage of people who want to fly the route and are being flown by airlines operating the route. Tenants are airlines who are renting the route (regardless of whether or not they are flying it). The percentage next to each tenant's name represents the proportion of people that specific airline is flying among all those who want to fly the route - the higher the percentage, the higher the ranking.
The smaller square of paper with the portraits of the Airline Managers allow you to toggle the display of routes on the map. Click on a greyed-out portrait to display the routes of that airline on the map (if any). Conversely, click on a coloured portrait to disable the coloration of that airline's routes.
Airline Tycoon 2Edit
Along the left side of the Route Planner is a list of airports. Along the side of the list are six tabs that allow you to filter the airport list by continent. Below the Airport List is a box with some information about the selected airport including:
- Passengers (i.e. demand per day)
On the bottom-right corner of this info box are two buttons. Clicking the one on the left (with the "i") will display the information listed above. Clicking the button on the right will bring up a brief paragraph about the airport.
Along the right side of the Route Planner is a list of routes. By default, this list shows all the routes that are rented or can be rented by your airline. Each airport pair is listed above/below each other with their IATA codes in parentheses. To the right of each route is a number under a star. This is a percentage (out of 100%) that represents the routes image, which can be improved at the Advertising Agency. A "person" icon to the left of a route indicates a route that your airline is currently renting. To the left of this list are a set of filters. Inactive filters are those that are greyed-out (as opposed to those that are coloured in). Click on a character portrait/activate the filter to see the routes of that airline. The bottom-most filter (with the green asterisk) allows you to toggle between showing or hiding routes that you can rent at the moment. To list all possible routes in the game (including those you cannot rent at the moment), deactivate all filters (i.e. ensure they are all greyed-out).
Below the Route List is an info box that provides details about a selected route, specifically:
- Distance between the cities (in kilometers)
- Demand per day
- Own route capacity used - the percentage of people who want to fly the route and who are being flown by airlines operating the route
- Route rent [per day] - the daily cost of using this route each day
On the bottom-right of this info box there are two buttons. Clicking on the one on the left with the graph lines will bring up the information listed above. Clicking on the one of the right will bring up information about those renting the route.
On the bottom-left of this info box are two circular buttons. Depending on whether or not your airline is renting this route, the button on the left with the downward-pointing arrow will allow you to either rent or drop the route; while the button on the left with both, upward and downward-pointing, arrows will allow you to rent or drop both, the selected route and the return route. Let's say, for instance, that you have selected the "Dubai to Frankfurt" route. You will have the option to rent/drop only this route or you can rent/drop both the "Dubai to Frankfurt" route and its return route: "Frankfurt to Dubai," simultaneously.