US Runway Extension Opens

On Wednesday, April 11, federal, state and county officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport’s newly extended runway, which adds 1,000ft (305m) to the airport’s primary 5,000ft (1,524m) south runway.
The new runway will allow nearly any of the new generation corporate and private jet aircraft to carry increased fuel and/or cargo load and fly to key destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, which was previously impossible without intermediate refueling stops.  Kendall-Tamiami serves as a relief airport for Miami International, but had been hindered in that effort by the limitations of its former 5,000ft runways.
Carlos A Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor said, “Creating jobs is my top priority as Mayor, and the Tamiami runway extension is a project that will help meet that goal.  It’s a direct knock-on effect: longer runway, more advanced aircraft, more support services and more jobs for Miami-Dade residents.”
The runway extension project cost US$4.43 million, with 95% of the funding paid by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for US$4.2 million and the remainder from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.  Kendall-Tamiami’s management team estimates that it generates more than US$51 million in business revenue and more than 750 jobs in the local economy, according to a 2010 economic impact study.
Joe A Martinez, Miami-Dade’s County Commission Chairman said, “This extension will do nothing but benefit the business owners and residents around the airport by attracting more private jet travelers to make a stop in Miami-Dade County. As the economy continues to rebound, this longer runway will enable us to expand our economic impact.”