Deteriorated panels on DIA runways

June 22, 2009



The FAA has developed new procedures to reduce delays at Denver International Airport during major runway construction work.The airport pulled Runway 17L/35R out of service June 1 so it could replace deteriorated concrete panels. That left the airport without one of its four north-south runways, and limited it to only two runways during marginal visibility, cutting the arrival rate to 64 planes an hour. With the new procedures in place, the arrival rate will return to 96 planes an hour. But according to the FAA, their personnel quickly figured out a way to mitigate the construction’s impact and boost the arrival rate by 33 percent. They designed a runway configuration in which planes can land on two of Denver’s north-south runways, 34R and 35L, and one of its east-west runways, 26.

Using those three runways, the airport can now land 96 planes an hour, reducing the potential for passenger delays. The rehabilitation of Runway 17L/35R is expected to take about three months.


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