Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina has opened its newest runway to reduce arrival and departure delays.
CLT, which on average handles 600 arrivals per day, will mainly use the new runway 18R/36L for flight arrivals.
The runway is the airport's third parallel runway and allows triple independent landings, saving airlines an estimated $65m in annual delay avoidance costs.
The construction of the runway began in March 2007.
The cost of the runway construction project, including road relocation and adjoining roadway construction was $325m, out of which $124m was funded by the FAA.
Additional funds for the project came from federal grants and the proceeds of 2007 and 2009 General Airport Revenue Bonds.