United Airlines’ Cash Woes Could Stall Runway Plan

Thu December 26, 2002 - National Edition

United Airlines’ filing for bankruptcy protection could leave San Francisco Airport’s proposed runway expansion – the largest and most controversial construction project in the area in 50 years – dead in the water.

The bankruptcy delivers three potentially fatal blows to the estimated $2 billion to $3 billion project.

One, United, which operates 45 percent of the flights at San Francisco Airport and generates a third of its revenue, was counted on for big bucks to back the effort.

Two, the almost certain airline cutbacks snuff out the urgency of a project that already faces dogged questions about its necessity to fill as much as 1,000 acres of the bay.