First of all I am sorry if this was discussed at a previous date here on a.net, but I was just wondering about SXM's runway length. I am fairly certain that SXM's runway 09/27 is about 7000 feet long. If this is true (more or less), then how is it that A340's, B747-400's, and other large aircraft can operate in and out of there?
I know that at LGA, the largest aircraft that currently operates daily is the B757, and, on occasion, the B767. LGA's runways are both 7000 feet long as well. Yet we dont see any 747's or 340's flying in and out of there. Just to make things clear, I do know and realize that flights scheduled into and out of LGA are within some sort of maximum distance (from the airport itself). I think its something like 1200 miles maximum; Maybe even less (I guess thats why you don't see any flights going to or coming from the West Coast, for example). Due to less fuel needed for these "shorter" flights out of LGA, this may be why the 75's and 76's are the largest aircraft operating out of there.
Anyhow, I was just curious why SXM's similar runways (length) to LGA's can handle larger airplanes.
Thanks for any info.