Francis International Airport

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Francis International Airport is "Liberty City's Gateway To The World", situated on the south of Shoreside Vale in Liberty City in the GTA III Era and in the borough of Dukes in Liberty City in the GTA IV Era.

GTA III era Rendition

Liberty City's Gateway To The World. Where we meet new friends and prodigal sons. Francis International has proudly served all of Liberty City's transportation needs since 1953. For the executive traveler, relax in our business class lounge, or enjoy a pre-flight drink in DODO'S, our cocktail lounge. With hundreds of shops and services, Francis International is airport to the stars. 100's of national and international destinations served including: London, San Andreas, Vice City, Miami, Bogota, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Toronto, Leith and Tokyo. Fares Starting as Low as $69 Each Way.


- Quote from official website
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FIA terminal in GTA III

The airport is partly based on the Los Angeles International's (LAX) building

A fire station is situated near the entrance to the rear of the airport, as such, a Fire Truck is always available from there. Opposite, is a car park which has various randomly spawned cars. In the airport itself, many unique stunt jumps can be found. The infamous half-winged Dodo is also in one of the hangars and next to a helipad, notorious for it's level of skill required of the player to actually fly it.

The airport's interior makes a brief appearance in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This interior is in the Hidden Interiors Universe and also has an unseen exterior with a roadway, which appears to resemble the airport's exterior in Grand Theft Auto III.

Note that the pre-flight bar is called DODOS, a reference to the half-winged Dodo parked in the airports runway.

GTA IV era Rendition

The airport is based on terminal 5 at J.F.K. Airport in New York City, while the runway design emulates that of LaGuardia Airport, also in New York. It is bordered to the north, south, and east by an unnamed body of water; the Broker-Dukes Expressway to the northwest (Meadows Park); Tudor Street to the west (Willis); and Saratoga Avenue to the west (Beechwood City).

Francis International Airport is Liberty City's largest district in terms of land area. The airport is serviced mostly by FlyUS and their fleet of Boeing 747's, and a handful of Shamal based airplanes, which seem to be the airport's only air traffic. Found around the airport are signs for "AdiosAir", however this is only indication of a rival airline. Three Annihilator helicopters parked on three helipads can be flown in multiplayer. In single player, one Annihilator is found once the player has killed all 200 flying rats. Upon entering the runway or certain inner grounds of the airport, the player receives a four star wanted level and a fleet of NOOSE Cruisers or NOOSE Patriots, FIB Buffalos and NOOSE Enforcers will give chase and stop the player with whatever means necessary.

FIA has several Bombardier CRJ-100 jets parked nearest the helipads and southern most entrance; some in flyUS' express theme, some are private business jets from various countries

In GTA Chinatown Wars, entering the runway does not give the player any wanted level. None of the airplanes have any logos on them. Airplanes including large jumbo jets and small private jets can be seen taking off and landing on the runways but they don't move from or to the taxiways.

Points of interest

Within the airport's boundaries are a police precinct just off the Broker-Dukes Expressway, south of the Willis access road, as well as a fire department, just south of the passenger terminal.

Transport

The 3/8 Broker Line runs through the Francis International Airport station, providing arrivals to the city with quick travel to the rest of the city and departures easy and convenient access to the airport.

From the road, the most convenient access to the Airport is offered by expressway exits. Both the Broker-Dukes Expressway and the Algonquin-Dukes Expressway possess exits to FIA. There is also an access road from Willis; this can be reached from Tudor Street.

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