US JFK Airport Opens After Major Runway Upgrade

1 July 2010 (Last Updated July 1st, 2010 18:30)

Reconstruction work on John F Kennedy International's longest and busiest runway has been completed at a cost of $348.1m. Work on the project began last year and a total of 10,925ft of the upgrade has been completed. The remaining 3,647ft will be completed in two phases.

Reconstruction work on John F Kennedy International's longest and busiest runway has been completed at a cost of $348.1m.

Work on the project began last year and a total of 10,925ft of the upgrade has been completed.

The remaining 3,647ft will be completed in two phases.

Following a four-month closure, the runway was reopened on 28 June, equipped with navigational features and delay-reduction measures.

The runway is equipped with high-speed aircraft exits and access taxiways to reduce aircraft queuing and to enable faster plane take-offs and landings.

A new concrete surface will reduce the need for ongoing maintenance and produce an estimated long-term savings of $500m.

The project secured $15m in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act while the rest has been contributed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority.