When you create an airport and Sims come to your city, where do they come from? Existing cities from other players, other cities in your game, do they just pop up?

  • One would presume they would come from different cities and countries from all over the world? It would be strange if you just build 1 city in the game and that it is the only city in the world...
    – Lyrion
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 13:08
  • it's a game... They can be created by the game, coming from nowhere.
    – Roberto
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 13:20
  • While I'd like to think they are coming from other players cities (and this is kind of why EA decided the game should be online constantly) without seeing actual proof of this, I don't believe they come from anywhere and just "pop" into existence. Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 13:25
  • @Philipp Because money.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 14:37
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    @SteveV. Presumably, if he's playing solo, and Airports pull sims from other cities in the region, he's not going to get many sims without the region being full. Inversely, if the airport pops sims into existence, it doesn't matter if he's playing solo or not. Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 15:51

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In the tutorial when the game starts. They explain that the airport is used to move workers from one city space to another. There is a way in the region view to see the flight paths of airplanes between each city.

I think you must have at least 2 cities in the region, each with an airport to have workers fly between cities.

If you have another player in your region, ask them to make an airport so you can share workers.

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    Without other cities or airports there are still planes that show up from the edge of the map and fly over, much like in SimCity 4. They can be seen in town, and in the region view. Also, trains, and ships.
    – theUg
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 16:23
  • It is the same with the harbour which doesn't have the tourist pier module.
    – James
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 14:34

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