Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International has opened a 500-foot extension of Runway 27R, bring it to 12,389 feet long.
The $40 million project included the runway extension, extensions of taxiways L and M, and the creation of taxiways LA, LB and LC. These three additional taxiways give departing aircraft triple access to Runway 27R, which increases carriers' and air traffic controllers' flexibility in managing airfield operations and should help reduce departure delays, the airport said. Runway 27R is also Hartsfield-Jackson's primary runway for emergency landings.
"The runway extension allows long-haul aircraft to fly longer distances nonstop, because they can hold more fuel on takeoff," said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. "An additional 500 feet here means our passenger and cargo carriers can reach nonstop destinations hundreds of miles farther away than they could before."