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Runway Lengths And Trafic

Sat Aug 02, 2003 6:54 am

Hey, all. A couple days ago in the Puerto Rico newspaper El Nuevo Día, there was an article about a proposed lengthening of PSE's runway of an extra 1,000 feet, provided that the local environmental agency (Recursos Naturales) can move a small river and a watering system out of the way. The reason for this is to try and drum up some more operations for the underused airport which runs at a loss of $3 million a year.

Now my question is; has something like this actually worked before? PSE's 6,904-foot runway is already capable of jet service so I'm just wondering how a 7,904-foot runway is going to do any better at getting service to that airport. Anyone?

Edit: PSE is Ponce Mercedita Airport in Ponce, PR. I forget that the name doesn't show up when you put the cursor over the code. Sorry.

[Edited 2003-08-02 00:01:21]

RE: Runway Lengths And Trafic

Sat Aug 02, 2003 6:58 am

I don't know an exact answer - but here at INN - we needed a larger safety zone after the runway end - we would also had to move the local river wich is right behind the airport.... But for the town heads no way to do this. now our runway will be shortend a little....  Angry
Tom in NO
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RE: Runway Lengths And Trafic

Sat Aug 02, 2003 7:05 am

Runway extensions usually have two purposes:
1) safety: increase clearances over surrounding areas, be they neighborhoods, terrain, or other. Also to be considered is aircraft safety in inclement weather.
2) Airline route planners will look at a 7,900' runway as being more operationally advantageous than a 6,900' runway. The old axiom that "every little bit helps' actually has merit here. Probably wouldn't drastically increase service, but it will get noticed.

Tom at MSY
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