JFK to Close One Runway for Refurbishment and Safety Upgrades

By Anna Breuer on 6 April 2019
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IMG_3406 (1)The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates John F. Kennedy International Airport, announced the closure runway 13L-31R, of one of the airport’s four runways, as well as the associated taxiways, for a complete overhaul.

The $355 million project started on Monday and will run through November of this year. The runway will be constructed using concrete instead of asphalt, which will give it a useful life of 40 years versus approximately ten, the Port Authority said. In the course of the project, the Port Authority will also install new lighting, signs, cables, and navigational aids.

The project will also add new high-sped taxiways that will allow arriving aircraft to exit the runway more quickly, thus increasing peak capacity and safety.

Runway 13L-31R currently handles one third of all JFK arrivals and the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration are taking steps to minimize the disruption the closure will cause.

JFK’s Airport Operations Center will remain open 24 hours a day during the project to manage communications between airlines, terminal operators, air traffic control, U.S. customs and airport security to minimize delays. The FAA said it is studying the runway configuration at the airport as well as traffic flows to put air traffic management strategies in place to reduce delays.

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