Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2530 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
I've searched but couldn't find any info...
Why is there a need for such a long runway? Most other runways around the world are around 10-12k feet, so why is there a need for almost an extra mile?
The only thing I can imagine is to just have extra distance in case of engine failures or system malfunctions, but if shorter runways suffice everywhere else, there doesn't seem like that much need for such a long runway
SprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
Due to Denver's altitude and their desire to have the capability of nonstop, intercontinental flights that are full operating year around.
The alt is near 5280', and temps in Summer can be in the 90F area.
Ordpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 586 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
DEN is a "high and hot" airport during the summer....roughly 5000 feet above sea level and during the summer months, payload penalties occur. The 16000 ft will allow for longhaul nonstop operations even during the hottest days of the year.