The busiest runway at JFK is closing for four months. Runway 13R-31L, at 14,572 feet the second-longest in the U.S. (Denver has the longest — of course, they have plenty of room), handled 143,000 flights last year, but will be out of action through October as part of a three-year makeover for tired old JFK, which will see three miles of asphalt torn up and replaced. Expect, as they say, delays; aviation officials do, though they can’t put a number on it yet. We trust the new 13R-31L will be treated with turtle repellent to prevent more attacks like the one that hit JFK Wednesday, and maybe nets to catch the Canada geese that continue to harry the planes.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 10, 2009