Runway closure to cause delays at SFO

Runway Safety Areas Enhancements (Photo courtesy San Francisco International Airport)

If you are flying to from or through SFO on weekends during September, prepare for delays during peak hours (roughly 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.).

This just in from SFO:

San Francisco – September 12, 2012 - San Francisco International Airport will temporarily close Runway 28L, one of its two primary arrival runways, on three consecutive weekends beginning Friday, September 14, 2012, at 10:00 p.m. PDT, with the runway reopening on Monday, September 17, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. PDT.  The other closures are scheduled between Friday, September 21 at 10:00 p.m. and Monday, September 24 at 8:00 a.m., and again between Friday, September 28 at 10:00 p.m. and Monday, October 1 at 8:00 a.m.

These weekend closures will allow construction crews to restore Runway 28L/10R to its full length (10,704 feet) following the installation of Runway Status Lights, driving timber piles on the approach trestle light structure and commission the new taxiway called Taxiway Z1 (Zulu One).

During the closure, the arrival rate at SFO will be reduced from 60 aircraft per hour to 30 aircraft per hour. Delays for flights originating within a two-hour radius of SFO are expected to occur during peak travel times. Travelers are strongly encouraged to contact their respective carriers regarding any potential delays.

The construction is part of the federally mandated Runway Safety Area project for Runways 28L/10R and 28R/10L at SFO, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.

The best news here is that SFO is making these improvements during September, a fair-weather month in the Bay Area, so hopefully delays will be kept to a minimum.

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One Response to Runway closure to cause delays at SFO

  • Can’t believe I’ve never stumbled across your blog before - love it and will be returning to read it often! From what I’ve experienced, the weekend runways closures are causing some pretty decent delays all day. Last Sunday, our Virgin America flight leaving JFK at 4:30 pm was delayed an hour and a half, and all the other flights before and after us were posting delays of at least an hour.

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