Major Airport Supersizes to Fit Bigger Planes

The new 9C/27C runway will be the airport's sixth parallel runway.

📅   Thu August 11, 2016 - Midwest Edition
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The new runway will be able to handle the biggest planes.
The new runway will be able to handle the biggest planes.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that construction begins this week on a new east-west runway for O'Hare International Airport, which the city says will help reduce delays and spread the pain when it comes to jet noise, officials said Wednesday.

The new 9C/27C runway will be the airport's sixth parallel runway, and at 11,245 feet long and 200 feet wide will be O'Hare's second largest. The runway accounts for about half of a $1.3 billion infrastructure project announced earlier this year and will open in 2020.

The city said the runway will improve on-time performance through increased capacity and flexibility. The runway will be able to handle the biggest planes — the kind that come from and go to Asia and Australia.

Adding another runway will ease jet noise in some areas, the city says, though anti-airport-noise activists say they're concerned that more jet traffic will mean more noise.

Source: The Chicago Tribune