Hopefully, once this project is complete things will improve. I noticed the last few days that Delta has had tons of delays, but that's to be expected since they have the largest operation here.
This begs the question, will the same project be needed for the south runways?
I am flying out of ATL on Friday and I have my fingers crossed that my flight isn't delayed. I am flying to MCO on DL so I imagine from what I have heard my flight should be full. In the past I have almost always been delayed on every flight to and from ATL. I know this isn't necessarily the norm, but I just seem to catch the delayed flights. Just to be safe I planned a flight that gets in several hours before I have to be there.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3355 times:
I noticed because my DEN-PHX flight today was a continuing service from an ATL-PHX flight, and I checked flightaware and my flight has been late due to late arriving aircraft from ATL pretty consistently for the past couple of weeks, and today was no exception.
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3277 times:
The evening ATL-TUS flight has been late for a long time now. The morning flight is sometimes delayed, but not as bad as the evening flight. Part of it has to do with it coming from DCA I think, because it usually leaves there late. About once every week or two the TUS flight operates with a 9000-series number because the other plane is so delayed and it is not surprising to see the flight arrive here 2 hours late.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 day ago) and read 3232 times:
Quoting TLHFLA (Thread starter): This begs the question, will the same project be needed for the south runways?
No. 8R/26L hadn't been rehabbed since 1969. 8L/26R was opened in 1986, and the south runways were rehabbed in 1985 (9L/27R when it was extended to 11,889 ft. And is going to be lengthened to around 13,000 feet into the near future.) and in 1999 (9R/27L). Some of the construction projects involved with the 8R/26L rehab is for an end-around taxiway that will allow a/c to taxi around the end of 8R.
AAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 23 hours ago) and read 3205 times:
If the work is on schedule, 8R-26L will reopen in about 2wks. A little late for my flights through ATL, though. I'm connecting there this upcoming Thu and Sun. Maybe I'll get lucky, and won't experience lengthy delays. Time will tell.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 23 hours ago) and read 3186 times:
Quoting TLHFLA (Thread starter): An article in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution sums it up, delays are up at ATL due to the north runway repaving
Also, if you check the FAA's information about the airport delays in the nation, you'll see that ATL is usually reporting delays because of either weather or runway construction. When you pair the two up, seeing that the city gets a lot of frontal movements going through it, you get massive delays.
Add the volume of traffic that they deal with and you'll have even more problems.
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 23 hours ago) and read 3166 times:
I can tell you, when I went through ATL three weeks ago, I got to the gate and my flight was delayed 45 minutes, then, once on the plane, we had to sit there for an hour. The captain said it was for "incoming luggage from other flights". Still, I will say this, ever since my last flight with FL when I felt the customer service department mocked me, I refused to fly them. But as I sat there and watched FL bird after FL bird go by slowly I started thinking some of my business might be going back to FL, especially since I can fly RSW-IND direct instead of going through ATL.
DeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (8 years 22 hours ago) and read 3092 times:
Quoting LV (Reply 9): But as I sat there and watched FL bird after FL bird go by slowly I started thinking some of my business might be going back to FL, especially since I can fly RSW-IND direct instead of going through ATL.
How do you know that those weren't even more delayed than yours. As you watch planes go by you don't have the slightest idea of what their scheduled departure time was. However I would choose to go nonstop instead of through any hub any day.
It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (8 years 21 hours ago) and read 3045 times:
They have had the runway completely torn up to the rebar for several weeks now. It does look better than it had. Taxiing out for my flights today we did not have any real wait. We were number 1 and Number 4 on both outbound legs from the ATL.
Typical pavement maintenance for a runway less than 20 years old is a rehab. A full depth reconstruction is typically for older runways or if there are failures deeper in the structure.
Full reconstruction. They pulled the old surface up in sections and hauled them to a site just south of the airport. They worked almost 24/7 to get the project done in a month (It got slightly behind due to weather but they were able to get back on course). There was a Modern Marvels episode on runways that had a segment on the rebuilding of the runway.
RL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4689 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 hours ago) and read 2779 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 16): Full reconstruction. They pulled the old surface up in sections and hauled them to a site just south of the airport. They worked almost 24/7 to get the project done in a month (It got slightly behind due to weather but they were able to get back on course). There was a Modern Marvels episode on runways that had a segment on the rebuilding of the runway.
Im not the engineer on this project (I can ask one of them though!), i believe there were some issues with some base failures. I know at one point there were looking at removing the "dip" or at least part of it, but matching the grading of the taxiways with doing that made it not-feasible.
Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!