I believe the rolling hub plan, which goes into effect Feb. 8th will ease a lot more of the delays than the Runway 17-35 extension. On watching much of the goings on at PHL
, it seems like taxiway clutter is another addition to the delay factor. There's still going to be cross traffic. There hasn't been a day I've been to PHL
where a plane has to go around, mostly on 35, because of landing traffic on the 27's. So now some of this traffic will be using 17/35. So the big question is, will it cause more go arounds? I expect it to stay the same, but now instead of the smaller stuff going around, you'll have the big carriers going around. Which I don't think they will care for
BTW, you can figure out runway directions like this. 90 degs is East, take off the '0' and you'll have the runway, so Runway 17 is 170 degs., 35 is 350 degs. (360 degs is North).