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Minimum Runway Length For B737 (ie.WJA & SWA)

Tue Feb 20, 2001 9:46 am

Anyone know what the minimum runway length is required (landing and takeoff) for the B737 (I'm sure there's alot of variables, but in general)....... Specifically, I'm wondering how small an airport say Westjet and Southwest could go in to..........6000feet?
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RE: Minimum Runway Length For B737 (ie.WJA & SWA)

Tue Feb 20, 2001 9:50 am

I know that Alaska Airlines sends a 737 into an airport with a 3900 foot runway. I don't know if there are load restrictions on it, though.
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RE: Minimum Runway Length For B737 (ie.WJA & SWA)

Tue Feb 20, 2001 10:37 am

The variables are important, but Pro Air operated its 737-300 and -400s out of Detroit City from a 5100' runway, albeit often weight restricted. When Southwest introduced service to Detroit, initial plans were to use City but the idea was subsequently dropped in favor of DTW.
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RE: Minimum Runway Length For B737 (ie.WJA & SWA)

Tue Feb 20, 2001 11:58 am

Assuming the airport isn't too far above mean sea level, one could generally operate a 737 into an airport with a 5000' runway that's at least 100' wide. Obviously, the newer latter versions (-300 and on) would have better performance, and thus be capable of some longer range flights.

Air Florida used run flights into Key West, and also in Grand Turk, and the runways were 4800' and 5000', respectively. Key West required a flaps-40 landing on a dry runway, or else you didn't launch, or you diverted... Could only make Miami coming out...

BTW, I recall that SWA actuall served *both* Detroit airports (DTW and DET) at one point, before abandoning DET due to the City's failure to expand the runways...
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RE: Minimum Runway Length For B737 (ie.WJA & SWA)

Tue Feb 20, 2001 2:44 pm

SNA only has a 5700' runway but it accepts the entire 737 series, Md-90's, 757's and even 310's, so my guess 6000' is the prefered minimum.

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RE: Minimum Runway Length For B737 (ie.WJA & SWA)

Tue Feb 20, 2001 3:03 pm

SWA did indeed service both DTW and DET at the same time. The flights from DET were weight restricted. The city originally promised to extend the runway, but that meant displacing a cemetary and the deal fell through. Southwest promptly withdrew from DET and served DTW exclusively.

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