CHARLLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say it's time to start planning for a new runway after the Federal Aviation Administration imposed restrictions on the use of an existing runways.
The Charlotte Observer reported that airport officials say the restrictions on using a diagonal runway at the airport has cut landing capacity by 11 percent.
The FAA says a runway that lies on a diagonal from the three other runways poses a safety hazard because flight paths intersect.
Officials said Monday it is time to start planning for a fourth parallel runway that would cost about $93 million and could open in 2017.
Charlotte is the nation's sixth busiest airport in terms of takeoff and landings, with an average of about 730 departures each day.