International airport’s third runway is on track for its November 2008 debut.
paving of the runway was completed last week.
ahead of time, slightly under budget,” an airport spokesman says.
of the runway began in 2001; and airline fees and passenger facility charges
are footing the $1.2 billion bill.
delays was the impetus for the third north-south runway that is west of
existing runways, the spokesman says. The new runway will “enable us to avoid
delays in low visibility situations,” he says. “Current [runway] configurations
are not far enough apart to allow low-visibility, near simultaneous landings.”
airport experiences poor weather conditions 40% of time, with fog from the
nearby Puget Sound
contributing to low visibility. Operations per hour at the airport have fallen
from the mid-30s to the low 20s, says the spokesman, who adds the third runway
will allow for simultaneous landings and keep operations on schedule.