The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced a runway closure for John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). Runway 13L-31R, one of the four runways typically used at JFK each day, will be closed for maintenance.
Apparently the runway is being widened by 33% and repaved. The project was awarded in late 2018 to the tune of $355 million dollars.
According to the Port Authority, once the widening is completed, the runway will be safer and more durable. As part of the effort, new signs, lighting and other navigational aides will be installed.
Moreover, construction officials are building a concrete runway instead of an asphalt runway which will extend the life expectancy of the runway by 400% or so.
As to how this will affect daily traffic, there is clearly concern. The press release notes:
“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a strategic plan to manage aircraft traffic while Runway 13L is closed. The FAA is studying runway configuration, aircraft traffic flow rates and aircraft traffic management strategies to maximize efficiency and reduce delays at JFK.
During the next eight months, the Port Authority will have the Airport Operations Center (AOC) open around the clock as the focal point for communications between terminal operators, airlines, air traffic control, Customs & Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Performance metrics will be monitored continuously, including arrival, departure and taxi times. Adjustments will be made to reduce delay and protect the customer experience.”
Delta, a huge JFK tenant, also acknowledged the runway closure in a posting yesterday by a staffer.
The closure will last until November 2019.
You can read the full Port Authority Press Release, here.
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