Review: JustSim Heraklion (LGIR)

Heraklion Internation Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” is the main airport on the Crete, Greece, and with over 8 million passengers per year, the second busiest in Greece, right after Athens International Airport. The airport is located 5 km (3 miles) east of the city of Heraklion.

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Terminal building

Heraklion International Airport terminal building isn´t huge, but still, there are few details which can be challenging to design and model, and JustSim handled them very well. The terminal building looks very detailed and nice of course.

Runway, taxiways and roads

I would consider JustSim “the tarmac design god” since all their sceneries I had chance to review had a perfect tarmac design, and this one is no exception. Actually, this one overcomes others. I was mind blown when I first arrived at this airport, and I’m still being after multiple times flying there. Good job JustSim!

Airport surroundings

JustSim usually forgets about the airport surroundings when working on their sceneries, but this time they did at least something. What does that mean? JustSim modelled the airport surrounding only at the runway 09 approach. Why? I am not sure, but the results may vary depending on the graphics settings (I’m running on medium settings). Although the whole city might not be modelled, the parts which are, look great.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I wouldn’t consider this scenery a JustSim flagship, but for the price of 17,90€, it’s worth it. Of course, there are few bugs, but the pros overcome the cons in this case. If you want a nice Greek scenery for your portfolio, you should take this one in mind. I had no issues running this scenery even though I have a slower PC.

If you want to purchase this scenery, you can do so on SimMarket or on X-Plane Store.

Screenshots

Terrain bug
Great AI traffic
Credit: JustSim

Features

  • Detailed airport objects and vehicles
  • Custom textured taxiways, runways and apron
  • Custom surroundings 
  • Custom autogen for whole island
  • Custom airport lights
  • Compatible with X-Plane 11 features
  • Shading and occlusion (texture baking) effects on terminal and other airport buildings
  • High resolution ground textures / Custom runway textures
  • High resolution building textures
  • Excellent night effects
  • Realistic reflections on glass
  • World Traffic compatible
  • X-Life traffic compatible
  • Optimized for excellent performance


Author: George

I've been a flight sim enthusiast for some time now, and I've always enjoyed flying to various destinations all over the world, but my favourite airport is by far Corfu. I started this news site in May 2019 and since then my main goal is to keep you informed about the latest stuff happening on the scene.