Misha said this regarding a topic of this nature:
“The reason for larger hubs recently is due to 19.4 release and the holiday season. We cater for the demand, and as that increases, our choices decrease for suitability. We had an increase of at least 30-40% in traffic for the few FNFs after 19.4.
2019 itself was filled with FNFs across the world from diverse hubs and countries. Please look back at these.
To go into how FNFs are chosen. You cannot have a FNF at:
- Any single runway airports
- Any airports with anything less than 10-15 heavy gates
- An airport with backtracking
- An airport with no approach frequencies
This is because of the following:
- No places for aircraft to spawn
- Poor ATC performance if no APP leading to poor user experience
- Frustration at wait times from the majority of users, especially those who fly more rarely than the majority here
- Multiple fuel emergencies from people who would not be able to land for hours
- A severely decreased real world route network from smaller locations; a big deal for many users
A serious consideration is also IFATC. Staffing tiny airports that don’t handle more than a handful of planes in real life makes it almost impossible to do within Infinite Flight.
I’d also reiterate the FNF is the big event each week, so leaning towards larger hubs is always going to happen. There are 6 other days in the week too, for those who have forgotten.
Finally, as seen by the poll, the wider majority do actually want larger mainstream hub FNF airports. They are always busier than more remote ones. We cater for the silent majority as much as the vocal minority. This means we will have larger hubs more often than not, then on occasion smaller ones, as has been the case all year.” -Misha
Hope this helps!