Canada Plans New Airport Runway

8 September 2010 (Last Updated September 8th, 2010 18:30)

Calgary International Airport in Canada will begin construction of an additional runway in April 2011, which will reduce delays for arrival flights. The 4,267m runway, claimed to be the longest in Canada, will be able to handle the world's largest aircraft, according to Calgary Herald.

Calgary International Airport in Canada will begin construction of an additional runway in April 2011, which will reduce delays for arrival flights.

The 4,267m runway, claimed to be the longest in Canada, will be able to handle the world's largest aircraft, according to Calgary Herald.

It will enable the airport to reduce delays of half the flight arrivals by 15 minutes in the peak period between 4pm and 8pm over the next five years.

Transport Canada has predicted that by 2015, flight numbers at the airport could rise by 25% to 310,200.

Canada will invest C$500m ($479m) for the runway project and C$1.3bn ($1.2bn) for a new terminal to handle international arrivals.

The Canadian Government planned the runway project on the basis of a report presented by consultant Gord Falk in 2009.