Port Columbus Opens New South Runway

Port Columbus aerialThe largest capital project in the 85-year history of Port Columbus, a new US$140 million runway, was commissioned during an event on August 29.
Funded jointly by the FAA and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Port Columbus’ 10,113ft (3,082m) south runway replacement project was completed on schedule in three years and under budget.  The FAA financed nearly 63% of the multi-phase project while the Airport Authority covered remaining costs with operating income and passenger facility charges.
The new south runway was built 702ft (214m) south of the former runway, creating sufficient distance from the north runway to accommodate simultaneous aircraft arrivals and departures.  Moving the south runway also creates more airfield space for a second terminal to be built when passenger growth demands.  The runway replacement project also involves conversion of the former south runway into a taxiway, a year-long project that began immediately after the new runway became operational.