I’m not entirely certain some of the reasoning to remove the customizable runways make sense. I understand that it will be easier to develop and maintain but do you know what would be even easier to maintain? If the aircraft would just magically spawn at the stand. It currently feels like a very useful feature is being removed to make the game simpler, where game development usually goes the other way around.
Having an upgradeable runway allows the player to start off small and then gradually add on to the existing runway to allow for bigger aircraft. If the system is removed, the only way to upgrade your runway would be to completely bulldoze the runway, halt all operations at the airport and construct an entirely new one.
Another issue is that a lot of players seem to want to recreate real life airports which would become much harder with only three standard sizes.
Could it perhaps be possible to have the ‘old’ system in place along side the new one on the experimental branch for a few weeks once Alpha 33 comes out, and see what the actual impact would and see what players prefer.