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Los Angeles board approves runway relocation, A380 provision

Los Angeles airport’s board of commissioners has approved a final environmental impact report (FEIR) on the realignment of the airport’s south side airfield, which includes plans to reconstruct a gate to accommodate the Airbus A380.

The FEIR, which was released in October by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), proposes the relocation of runway 7R/25L 55ft (17m) south of its current location, as well as the construction of a new parallel taxiway between the airport’s two south runways.

LAWA says the project will reduce the potential for runway incursions.

The project also includes reconstructing gate 101 in the airport’s Tom Bradley international terminal so it can accommodate the A380. A contract for the reconstruction has already been awarded to Swinerton Builders.

Contracts for the runway relocation will be awarded at the board’s next meeting on December 19. Construction is expected to begin next spring and will take 26 months to complete.

This is the only construction project from the original Los Angeles Master Plan to receive board approval. The rest of the plan is to be overhauled by the city’s new mayor to address lawsuits filed by opponents of the controversial project. It is unclear which, if any, of the remaining facets of the $11 billion modernization plan will be retained.

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