Not related to Airport CEO itself, but to the competition.
We have noted in the past that some other games are in development, namely Airport Master and AirportSim. Both have been greenlit on Steam, and Airport Master quietly released over the course of the weekend into Early Access (interestingly, a year ahead of schedule). Reviews are mixed at best, and mostly comment that the gameplay is lacking, and that the game has been released too early.
I haven’t been able to buy the game (as I am a Mac user and the game has only released on Windows) so I can’t personally comment on it beyond the Steam page. I wonder if anyone else has been able to give it a whirl? (Remember, you can get a refund within 2 hours of gameplay on Steam!). However, comparing and contrasting the game with Airport CEO, the game itself is at a much earlier stage in its development cycle, despite having gone into early access.
From what I can see, this really supports the approach of the Airport CEO devs. As impatient as many of us are, it’s better to see the game released at the higher standard that I would expect from Airport CEO than it is to go into Early Access immediately and suffer negative reviews as a result.