R.I.’s Largest Airport May Extend Main Runway 1,500 Ft.

Fri June 19, 2009 - Northeast Edition
Ray Henry - Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island’s largest airport would extend its main runway more than 1,500 ft. (457.2 m) to accommodate more flights under a plan that has received an early endorsement by federal aviation officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced May 26 it prefers a proposal to extend the main runway at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick to 8,700 ft. (2,651.8 m) to accommodate nonstop flights to the West Coast and Europe.

The plan is subject to further review.

Expanding the runway and making other safety improvements would require demolishing 11 homes and 10 businesses. Rhode Island Airport Corp. President Kevin Dillon said he hopes construction can begin in the summer of 2010.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has opposed past expansion plans and said he still has questions about the current proposal.