Third Runway Scheduled To Open Nov. 20th
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s controversial third runway is scheduled to begin operating on Thursday, Nov. 20th, with hopes that bad-weather delays could be trimmed by 25 percent.
Airport Manager Mark Reis is enthusiastic about how Sea-Tac’s third runway will improve airline operations. Its chief benefit, Reis said, is “to allow two streams of traffic in all weather conditions.”
“This will bring a substantial reduction in delays, and, in the process, will not only bring customers a better customer experience, but also will bring airlines substantial savings in fuel not wasted from circling, and will reduce greenhouse gases,” he said.
The third runway opens Nov. 20, eight years later than originally planned, and at a cost of $1 billion, far higher than originally envisioned.