McCarran International Airport will Shut Key Runway for Rehabilitation Project; It’s Expected to Alter Flight Patterns

McCarran International Airport will Shut Key Runway for Rehabilitation Project; It’s Expected to Alter Flight PatternsOn Wednesday, the McCarran International Airport will shut down its 14,505-foot east-west Runway 25R/7L for its rehabilitation project. It is the second half of a $65 million plan. The change is likely to alter the pattern of flights in the Las Vegas airspace.

The runway, which is U. S's third-longest commercial airport strip handles almost a third of the yearly traffic at McCarran. The runway will be shut down till April or early May for the work.

The runways asphalt surface is being replaced by safer and more durable concrete by the contractors. One year back, McCarran closed down the same runway for rehabilitating the east end of the strip.

The airport will carry on using a parallel runway and the two north-south runways of the airport. However, the some weather conditions are expected to limit the use of the available runways which might cause delay in flights.

Some of the residents living nearby complained of the increased aircraft noise which resulted from the modified flight patterns earlier when the runway was under construction. Rosemary Vassiliadis , the Clark County Aviation Director, says it is a little pain that brings in ultimate gain.

In a statement, Vassiliadis said "We anticipate an increase in aircraft noise in some parts of the valley during this work period. We appreciate the community's patience and understanding as we work to improve our airport and maintain our ability to welcome millions of passengers to Las Vegas every year."

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