BY Kathleen Roberts |

JFK Airport Runway Project…worse before it get’s better…

The Port Authority of NY & NJ is tackling delays with the reconstruction of the Bay Runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Once completed, this project will reduce delays overall by an estimated 10,500 hours per year.
What is the Bay Runway Project?
Beginning March 1, 2010 one of the four runways at JFK will be closed for construction for 120 days; however this project should not impact travel significantly.
Why is the Bay Runway Project necessary?
The project will upgrade JFK’s airside infrastructure, widen and replaces nearly three miles of runway. A central component of the Bay Runway reconstruction is the widening of the runway from 150 to 200 feet to make way for new delay-reduction taxiways. The new taxiways will improve aircraft queuing and enable swifter departures; and easier access from taxiways to terminal gates, saving time on the ground for every passenger at JFK.
How many runways are at JFK?
There are four runways at JFK. During normal operations, two or three of the four runways are in use due to airspace limitations. During the 120-day closure of the Bay Runway, all three remaining runways will be utilized when possible.
How will flights be affected when the Bay Runway is closed?
Airlines are operating on a normal winter schedule to mitigate delays. Delays may occur from time to time, but this is a short-term inconvenience to provide a long-term fix.
What are some of the benefits of the Bay Runway Project?
• SAVING TIME: The new taxiways will enable swifter departures and easier access from taxiways to terminal gates. This will save time on the ground for every passenger at JFK.
• DELAY REDUCTION: Once the project is complete the new Bay Runway will reduce future delays by an estimated 10,500 hours.