Press Release Article


Date: Oct 22, 2015
Press Release Number: 165-2015

Runway 4Right-22Left rehabilitation furthers airport's modernization efforts

Ongoing modernization efforts at John F. Kennedy International Airport advanced today with a $125 million authorization by the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners for the rehabilitation of a major runway, including the addition of a new high-speed taxiway to help reduce airport delays.

Runway 4Right-22Left, which handles nearly half the airport's landings, will be the third of the airport's four runways to receive a major overhaul since 2010. Last renovated in 2001 with some interim repairs made two years ago, the asphalt runway will be repaved. The project will create roughly 660 jobs, $43 million in wages and close to $200 million in economic activity over its lifespan.

At 8,400 feet long and 200 feet wide and running on a mostly northeast-southwest axis, Runway 4R-22L accommodated 47 percent of all arrivals at JFK in 2014, handling nearly 95,000 aircraft operations. As the heavily used runway shows signs of use, the resurfacing will maintain a state-of-good-repair, with additional improvements to enhance safety and reduce delays.

"Today's investment at Kennedy Airport, like so many at all our airports, greatly benefits the region's economy by moving planes to and from gates more efficiently, enhancing safety and maintaining our infrastructure for the hundreds of thousands of people who fly through our airports daily," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan.

"With over 53 million passengers in 2014, JFK is the busiest international airport in the country," said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. "These investments will help reduce ground delays at the airport, as well provide for critical safety and state of good repair projects that are essential to maintaining JFK's role as the gateway to the United States and the region."

The work will require a full 90-day runway closure in 2017, but Port Authority airport staff will work with the FAA and airlines to help reduce the potential for delays on the airport's other three operational runways.

The project includes constructing a high-speed taxiway off Runway 4R-22L, a critical feature that will help reduce ground delays by allowing aircraft to exit the runway faster, owing to a more gradual off-ramp angle compared to the typical 90-degree turn. Getting planes off the runway seconds faster is cumulative throughout the day, allowing for more frequent takeoffs and landings.

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