JFK to Close Longest Runway for Renovation

12 January 2010 (Last Updated January 12th, 2010 18:30)

The longest runway at John F Kennedy International Airport in the US will be shut down in March for four months to undergo repairs in an effort to reduce delays at the airfield. The 14,572ft runway renovation project is expected to cost $376.3m, with about $84m being provided by the

The longest runway at John F Kennedy International Airport in the US will be shut down in March for four months to undergo repairs in an effort to reduce delays at the airfield.

The 14,572ft runway renovation project is expected to cost $376.3m, with about $84m being provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The runway's asphalt surface will be replaced with concrete and its width will be increased by 50ft to accommodate larger more-advanced aircraft.

Lighting and electrical systems will also be updgraded, and it is hoped the overall project will prevent more than 10,000 hours of delays a year.

The runway is expected to partly reopen in September, when another runway at the airport will be closed for two weeks.

Airport officials said they expect minimal delays as the airport's four runways rarely operate simultaneously but weather conditions may cause a few problems.

The ongoing project is expected to reduce the number of flights out of New York in June after major carriers agreed to delay the start of their summer rush schedules until 1 July.