Airport Terminal

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Airport Terminal
Type Building
Description Connects All Airports in a Solar System. Boards/debarks crew, troops and passengers to/from spacecraft.
Placement Requirement Can't build on aliens' claims.
Can't build in aliens' jurisdiction.
Structural Requirements
Arena Ok
Auditorium Ok
Battery Ok
Commodity Storage 1m³ Space Required
Field Area Ok
Generator No
Guard Post No
Home, Large Ok
Home, Medium Ok
Home, Small Ok
Livestock Ok
Lounge Space Ok
Office Space 2 Office Required
Parking, Ground Vehicles Ok
Parking, Space Vehicles Ok
Parking, Water Vehicles Ok
Parking, Spacecraft 1 Spot Required
Radar Ok
Shield Generator No
Shop Space Ok
Space Vehicle Launchers Ok
Space Vehicle Recovery Systems Ok
Store Space Ok
Surgery Units No
Transporters Ok
Turrets No
Weapon Bays No

Airport terminals listen and respond to hail requests on the Trade communication channel. Passengers are loaded and unloaded at airport terminals. Spacecraft services are available at airport terminals, such as house keeping and extermination of vermin.

An airport terminal is essential for any colony.

Trade Connection

An airport terminal forms a trade connection to other airport terminals in the same solar system, this allows all buildings connected to either airport terminal to fetch commodities from each other.

The trade connection even works while the airport terminal is still under construction. This allows for easy off-world colonization while there already is an established colony or city in the solar system.

For more information, see the Trade Connection page.

Spacecraft Protection

Spacecraft landed at the site of an airport terminal will be protected from atmospheric decay damage, including from dangerous atmospheres such as corrosive or insidious.

Airport terminal does not supply this protection while it is under construction.

Warp Signature

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An airport terminal will start emitting warp signatures in its solar system once the empire has ???.

The strength of the signature is equivalent to one warp drive engage per hour, at the maximum warp factor available to the empire. Warp technology of an empire is ???.

For more information, see the Warp Signature page.


An airport terminal building blueprint can contain a sensor station.


An airport terminal building blueprint can contain transporters. This will add an additional cost of io tubes to the required construction materials.

Using the transporter console it is possible to beam oneself up to any unshielded spacecraft in range. This is especially useful to get onto newly constructed spacecraft in orbit. The console is however unmanned, so it has to be operated manually. The airport terminal can however automatically handle beam up requests sent to it via the trade communication channel or the airport terminal's private channel.